Cold sores are supposed to be caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) and this virus is a common and re-occurring problem for many people. A whole shelf of remedies exist at your pharmacy and doctors have also
some more powerful prescription stuff but essentially they can't do much. You have to live with it. All the stuff they have gives temporary relieve and hopefully accelerates healing but there is
apparently no cure.
It has been a conspiracy for a long time that Big Pharma has been hiding cures so they can reap massive profits treating symptoms instead of curing or eradicating the cause.
The flu and especially a Covid-19 infection can trigger an outbreak of cold sores. It comes usually after the main disease is over. One week later you get a tingling feeling around the lips and this is the start of a coldsore.
I treat Covid-19 with a combination of Z-stack and ivermectin. I have never been sick for more than a day with covid. In fact I was not sure that I even had covid after my first infection during the delta-wave in 2021. Symptoms started in the morning and in the late afternoon I was done with it. No more runny nose, nothing. This opened my eyes very much to the pharma ivermectin scare and fraud. I had been suffering from seasonal flu like illnesses for decades and here was this novel disease that is supposedly more severe than the flu and it can be cured within hours if addressed early. I was speechless. I have to say that current variants such EG.5 as are generally milder but replicate faster and are therefore more difficult to treat with ivermectin than the early variants. So don't expect the same miracle if you are new to ivermectin but it still makes a difference.
The problem for me is not covid itself but the cold sores after covid.
There is some evidence that Ivermectin might be effective for HSV-1. See:
Taking human ivermectin tablets orally does not prevent cold sores. It might accelerate the healing but it does not seem to be a cure. The concentration at the site of infection is too low. There is however horse-paste. It's over the counter and it is basically ivermectin dissolved in vegetable oil and then made into a gel by adding aerosil (silicon dioxide) or titanium dioxide. Dependent on the gelling agent you get either a transparent gel or a white gel. There is also a transparent paste containing moxidectin with a water based gelling agent. It works too. These pastes are ideal for topical applications!
I gave it a try: At the onset of a coldsore I put a dab of ivermectin paste on it. It still became a coldsore but it disappeared quickly. I kept applying ivermectin paste until it was gone. I keep also taking the Z-stack, NAC and resveratol during this phase but I don't know if this is really needed or how much it helps.
I had now covid and/or the flu a few times. Subsequently the cold sores would show up. However I notice a pattern: Coldsore don't come back at any of the spots where I had previously cured one with ivermectin paste. It seems to me that ivermectin paste eradicates the virus but an outbreak must happen for ivermectin paste to get rid of the cause. That is: it does not do anything while the virus is sleeping but it seems to cure you from it during the active phase and it prevents a re-infection at that spot.
I am pretty sure about this because I do not longer get any cold sores on the upper left side of my lip and for the past decades this was the main spot of bother. So I am hoping that eventually there will be no more cold sores at all. It might take a few years to get there but I am optimistic.
Note: I am aware that according to the theory of virology the herpes virus infects you and integrates into cells. The HSV virus can use some unknown mechanism to hide inside nerve cells (ganglionic neurons) where the immune system can not see it. It should therefore not be possible cure cold sores unless something else is happening. It is possible that the viruses theory is incomplete or wrong. Virologists have to this day unfortunately failed to isolate a virus and demonstrate that this virus is still replication competent in a target cell. There are however EVs (extracellular vesicles) which are quite small (30nm to 10μm dependent on the type) and they can transfer genetic information and then cause disease. It could be that stand-alone viruses do not exist and genetic material is simply propagated between persons via EVs. In any case I will keep you updated as this experiment about the effectiveness of Ivermectin against cold sores continues.
No cold sores yet but I have learned something new and I would like to thank Andreas Oehler for writing about BHT (see his article below). BHT is an antiviral that treats a number of
lipid envelope viral diseases. BHT is approved as a food additive in small
quantities. BHT is also a powerful fat soluble antioxidant and it's added to food or cosmetics to
extend the shelf life. As a preservative it prevents oils and fats from getting rancid.
I knew about BHT as an ingredient in store bought lard or cosmetics and I had used it
myself in salves but it was new to me that it is also a powerful antiviral against all lipid envelope
I agree that fresh and organic products are the best but the same natural product companies often claim that BHT causes cancer or is an endocrine disrupter. I have studied BHT and my conclusion is that those claims are unfounded. BHT seems to be much safer than any of the prescription antivirals available for cold sores and BHT may actually have overall positive health effects.
Here are some resources to learn about BHT. It's been on the market for a very long time:
Everything mentioned will likely work for shingles. See article by Dr Tess Lawrie: https://drtesslawrie.substack.com/p/retired-general-practitioner-finds.
The above article by Dr Lawrie is about a retired doctor treating his wife with ivermectin tablets. I believe that his wife would have been cured even faster if he had used ivermectin paste as a topical cream.