By: Terry Graedon October 16, 2017 0 Comments
    Licorice Oil Calms the Heat of Fire Ant Stings

    What do you do for fire ant stings? As fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) push further north, many more people will have occasion to treat the pain of their stings. Some readers are enthusiastic about vin…

    By: Joe Graedon July 24, 2017 48 Comments
    How Good Is L-lysine Against Cold Sores?

    Cold sores are painful. They are also unsightly. Perhaps more alarming, there is some research to suggest that cold sores may increase the risk for Alzheimer's disease (see this link). Could L-lysine …

    By: Terry Graedon December 18, 2016 12 Comments
    Can You Avoid Cold Sores by Taking L-Lysine?

    Cold sores, which are sometimes called fever blisters, crop up on the lips or on the face near the mouth. In addition to being painful, they are unsightly. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex …

    By: Joe Graedon September 12, 2016 11 Comments
    Valtrex (Valacyclovir) Vanquished 30 Years of Co…

    Many people report that L-lysine, an amino acid, works quite well at preventing or shortening a cold sore outbreak. Not everyone has success with this approach, however. Sometimes a prescription drug …

    By: Terry Graedon August 8, 2016 6 Comments
    The Benefits of Smearing Garlic on Your Lips

    Cold sores are the visible result of a lurking herpes virus becoming re-activated and causing trouble. The virus, herpes simplex 1 or HSV-1, is extremely widespread. Most of the time, though, it lurk…

    By: Terry Graedon July 17, 2016 19 Comments
    How Can You Forestall an Ugly Cold Sore?

    Cold sores are such a common complaint that they get very little attention from the medical profession unless something goes horribly wrong. These unsightly lesions are caused by an outbreak of herpes…

    By: Joe Graedon June 6, 2016 19 Comments
    Will L-lysine for Cold Sores Protect the Brain f…

    A connection between cold sores (caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 or HSV-1) and Alzheimer's disease has been tossed around for decades. How good is the evidence? This reader would like to know i…

    By: The People's Pharmacy February 22, 2016 45 Comments
    L-Lysine Remedy for Cold Sores Scorned By Scient…

    Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, can be unsightly and uncomfortable. There are prescription antivirals like acyclovir or valacyclovir that may help speed healing. Many of our readers also rep…

    By: Terry Graedon December 14, 2015 9 Comments
    Sunglasses Rescue Kayaker from Recurring Cold So…

    Cold sores are lesions on the lips or the skin around the mouth that are caused by herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1). They are an exceedingly common and annoying fact of life, but most people who suffer …

    By: Joe Graedon November 23, 2015 7 Comments
    Acyclovir Helped to Control Chronic Cold Sores

    Cold sores are caused by a virus, herpes simplex 1 (HSV1), that nearly everyone is exposed to at some point or another. This virus has variable effects on individuals: some people never get cold sore…

    By: Joe Graedon July 2, 2015 9 Comments
    Treating Cold Sores with Home Remedies or Sitavi…

    Q. Fifty years ago I was at a party kidding a doctor that they didn't even know how to prevent cold sores. He said, "Oh yes, we do! Just drink buttermilk to prevent them." I tried it and, sure enough,…

    By: Joe Graedon November 17, 2014 9 Comments
    L-Lysine to Prevent Cold Sores

    Q. For years I was plagued with at least two annual bouts of cold sores. One outbreak occurred during a visit to New Zealand. I went to a pharmacy for Zovirax, since it was available there without a p…

    By: Terry Graedon December 9, 2013 35 Comments
    What to Do About Cold Sores

    When the sniffle season arrives, cold sores may accompany it. Cold sores, fever blisters or the more technical herpes labialis--regardless of the terminology, these red painful spots are unpleasant. T…

    By: Joe Graedon July 26, 2012 138 Comments
    Desperate for Help With Recurrent Cold Sores

    Q. I have always suffered from terrible cold sores as far back as I can remember. I am especially vulnerable in the summer when I spend a lot of time outdoors. Even with lip balm that has a sunblock I…

    By: Joe Graedon July 26, 2009 192 Comments
    L-Lysine Works Against Cold Sores

    Q. More than 20 years ago I came across an article promoting l-lysine as a preventive measure against cold sore outbreaks. Having suffered with this virus since adolescence, I was motivated to try the…

    By: Joe Graedon March 8, 2004 3 Comments
    Fighting Fever Blisters With and Without Drugs

    Cold sores are common. By some estimates more than two-thirds of adults have been infected by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), the culprit behind cold sores. People frequently catch this infection…