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Fighting Cold Sores With Abreva Instead Of Old Wives’ Tales

Our new school schedule is killing me, y’all. I thought I was prepared. But that 5:30am alarm, the darker skies in the morning, and the agony of dragging 3 shell-shocked kids out of bed has been a rough re-entry into the school schedule. One evening recently I found myself feeling under the weather and I woke up the next morning with a cold sore starting on my upper lip. By the time our Friday night football game arrived I was sporting a big ole cold sore. 

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Every single time I start to get sick with a cold or a virus, or I’m feeling especially stressed out I end up with at least one cold sore, sometimes multiple cold sores on my lips. It’s no fun! Nobody wants to walk around sporting cold sores. I’ve had this issue with cold sores since I was a child and over the years I have been given some… shall we say, questionable advice on how to get rid of them. I grew up in the mountains and the older generation has some very interesting old wives’ tales for just about anything that ails you. Some of the most memorable ones include:

1. Applying a cayenne pepper paste directly to the cold sore. Do not do this. You will burn a layer of skin off and you will cry. And the cold sore will still be there but it will be more noticeable because of the bright red layer of missing skin.

2. Using a cotton ball to soak the cold sore with antiseptic mouthwash. This is not a good idea. Do you know what happens when you soak your lips repeatedly with mouthwash? You get a lovely red ring around your lips. It looks like you’re wearing bright lip liner sans lipstick. And the cold sore will still be there.

3. Wearing a garlic necklace. This apparently has no effect on cold sores at all. And none of your friends or family will want to be anywhere near you. But you will be safe from all sparkly vampires so….

4. Drinking straight apple cider vinegar. The stubborn cold sore will still be there but you might end up with heartburn so potent that you could potentially burn it off with the fire coming from your esophagus. 

5. Coat the cold sore with earwax. No. Just no.


I’m sure you’ve all heard the multitude of old wives’ tales and as much as we all want to believe they are true, it’s more effective (and safe) to fight your cold sore with medicine, not myths and use a reliable and more genuine solution like Abreva®. Only Abreva® is FDA approved to shorten the healing time of your cold sore. When used at the first sign, Abreva® can heal a cold sore in as few as 2 ½ days*. Abreva® is available without a prescription in the cough/cold aisle at all major Drug, Mass, and Grocery retailers.

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  • My grandmother used to tell my mom that bathing while on your period was bad. LOL

  • jalapenomama

    My mom always said do not go out with wet hair. You will catch a cold for sure.
    Now I believe that to be a myth.
    thank you

  • LAMusing

    Eat booze soaked raisins to get rid of arthritis

  • cezovski

    I don’t know if this is an old wives tale or not, but I used to hear you could heal cold sores wit, I think it was, Vagisil! Never tried it.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  • Thomas Murphy

    I have heard the one about washing your hair until it’s squeaky clean.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

  • Kristen

    My step grandmother used to tell me that running around barefoot would give me “female problems”. She never would specify what that meant exactly! LOL

  • Susan Smith

    Don’t go swimming after eating or you will get stomach cramps.

    s2s2 at cox dot net

  • Rebecca W

    I’ve heard that drinking a cold drink with ice in the winter will give you a cold! I like cold drinks in the winter, and I eat ice cream year around!

  • elizabeth elliott

    You could get a cold if you went outside with wet hair. So silly. truckredford(at)Gmail(dot)com

  • Ellie W

    My mom always said I would catch pneumonia going out in the cold with wet hair.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

  • Madeline

    One old wives’ tale that is strange is that an open umbrella in the house is bad luck.
    maddiembrubaker (at) gmail {dot} com

  • Rachel Griesmer

    I work in the medical field and have heard tons of old wives tales. The strangest one I’ve ever heard is sleeping in direct moonlight causes poor eye sight or even blindness.

  • Denise Fouts Key

    Two dangerous ones I heard growing up are to put butter on a burn and to wash a feverish baby with rubbing alcohol. nysha at usa dot com

  • Natalie

    I have heard that cracking your knuckles leads to arthritis. I am a physical therapist, and I know that this is completely false. yarbr012 at gmail dot com

  • Elena Istomina

    the weirdest one was that washing your hair daily is not good for your hair which is not true. I wash my hair daily and my hair feels and looks good

    elena150980 at yahoo dot com

  • JessieC

    If your ears tingle someone is talking about you.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  • mami2jcn

    Putting cereal in your newborn’s bottle will make them sleep better…that’s a really bad idea.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  • mitadav

    I have never heard any yet.


  • Nicole Martin

    Going outside in the cold with wet hair will get you sick.


  • Lisa Brown

    shaving the peach fuzz off you face will cause the hairs to grow back thick and dark – Not true, I shave off peach fuzz all the time and it is always peach fuzz.

  • Will Griesmer

    Honestly I have never heard any before.


  • Stephanie Phelps

    The weirdest one I have heard is to wash your hair til it squeaks lets you know its clean! my4boysand1 at gmail dot com

  • Denise Fouts Key

    Break off an aloe vera spike, open it up, and rub on the sore. I’ve had limited success with this one. But Abreva has been a life-saver because it works every time and it works quickly.

  • c smith

    Using honey on a cold sore is my favorite, and sweetest, tip. Who knows, it may help, honey is known to have antibacterial properties. I’ve also heard of applying breastmilk, if you happen to have any handy.