Friday, July 8, 2005

Cold Sore Remedies Debunked

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some people are so desperate to get rid of unsightly cold sores, they’ll try almost anything – including smearing the sore with ear wax.

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 she’s 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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