Use a warm tea bag on a cold sore. Press it to your mouth for 20-30 mins. The next day it will be gone! I didn't believe this when someone told me, but I tried it (and felt really silly) - but when I woke up next morning it had completely disappeared!
Chelsey on 2004-07-28
I felt really silly and my parents even took a picture of me, lol
havent tried it
anna on 2004-08-02
I'm trying it right now
Tea bags will help a Cold Sore
Steve on 2004-08-12
Use a warm tea bag on a cold sore. Press it to your mouth for 20-30 mins. The next day it will be gone!
I didn't believe this when someone told me, but I tried it (and felt really silly) - but when I woke up next morning it had completely disappeared!
Does it really work?>?>>?
britanie hambrick on 2004-08-13
Ok I tried this idea and I used it before I went to bed.....then in the morning I woke up and it was brown from the tea bag ....Did I do something wrong was I supposed to wash my face afterwards ?>?> please help me!!!!
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Sarah on 2004-08-17
I have the worst time getting rid of coldsores but when I read this review I tried it and my coldsore's size was cut in half the next day. Thanks! :)
Tanic Acid is the Trick!
V. on 2004-08-20
The teabag compress has tanic acid. This dries and heals the sore. Also try to reduce citrus from your diet during an outbreak. P.S. This cure also works for "below the belt" cold sores (aka: herpes).
owie on 2004-08-26
Tried this - it made it WORSE! I guess it works for some people, though.
cassie on 2004-11-22
im trying it right now ahh this is what its come too!
Less than an hour!
Eric on 2004-11-24
I am not sure if it was a cold sore or canker sore. I'm 32 and never had either of them but my sisters had problems with canker sores over the years.
I had it for about 4 days just on the inside of the lip, you could not even really see it unless you were watching while I talked. The pain was very very minor but on the 5th day it became very painful. I tried some topical anesthetics and although they helped I could still feel it.
I tried the teabag trick that I read somewhere else but they said to do it 1-2 minutes every hour.
Tried it and it failed. My wife went and bought some hydrogenperoxide mixture that the pharmacy recommended but while she was gone I tried the 20 minute tea bag trick.
Slightly hot water and put in the teabag, decaff if it matters, just as it was starting to turn the water brown I pulled it out, drained it against a spoon and put it on the sore.
Took it off 20 minutes later and literally within an hour it had dried up completely. It hasn't scabbed, the skin is still there, it did peel off a bit and although just a bit tender underneath the sore itself is totally gone.
Well worth the try and use warm/hot water to get the tea bag working and releasing its ingredients. Leave is slightly moist and have some papertowel on hand since you will make a bit of a mess deppending on where the sore is.
Tea bag trick
Brandon Colbert on 2005-06-10
Does IT matter what kind of tea bag you are using? I am going to use green tea. we will see what happens