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Complementary Medicine

Treating and Preventing Cold Sores

03/25/2003

Question:

How do you cure cold sores without being treated by a doctor?

Answer:

The bottom line is to keep your immune system healthy. Lots of rest and exercise, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and cutting out animal fats and "trans" fats, which are found in margarines, packaged foods, pastries, etc. Also, a dab of tea tree oil on the cold sore may help it go away faster. 

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Response by:

Tanya I Edwards, MD, MEd Tanya I Edwards, MD, MEd
Formerly, Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University