According to a new survey from cold sore medication company Abreva, 74 percent of cold sore sufferers have tried to speed up the healing time using a wacky home remedy.
Some remedies include applying perfume, bleach, toothpaste and aftershave to the infected area.
New York dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman says that none of the home remedies listed in the survey actually work not even mild baking soda.
And listen up Katie Holmes. Applying anything other than cold sore medication makes things worse because it irritates the area and disrupts healing.
Jaliman says shes never had a patient try ear wax, but she can only speculate that the one percent who admitted to using it were trying to suffocate the sore.
She does know someone who thought Freon would help get rid of his sore by freezing it off. Not surprisingly, he was unsuccessful.
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