... I have tried plenty of the remedies on this site and they have all worked. H202 on a cold sore healed within 48 hours just dipped a q tip in 3%h2o2 and held on for 5 min 4 times a day. Baking Soda and water to gargle for extremely sore throat with swollen glands gone in 1 day. I gargled for about 10 minutes with my head tilted back 3 times thru out the day. Wow is all I can say about this one. thank you all so much this site is a blessing.
My vanity for white teeth found me reaching for the peroxide 16 years ago. A side affect was that I was no longer experiencing cold sores (approx 6 a year). My regime was brushing teeth, gums, and tongue with peroxide a couple times a week. When I forgot to do this, the tingling sensation of an outbreak reminded me to do the peroxide treatment and no cold sore surfaced. There have been a few times that I was out of peroxide and got the cold sore but it was gone within 2 days of getting peroxide and the sore was very mild. Apply directly in addition to brushing the entire mouth. I've had two cold sores in the last 15 years. The one during my divorce and the other after getting unjustly fired from my job. Both were mild attacks.
I read about putting 3 drops of hydrogen peroxide in your ears to stop colds & flu on Dr Mercolas website and thought it was quite interesting. They claimed it was successful in 80% of cases if administered within 12-16 hours of the first symptoms appearing. It's midwinter here and everyone in the office came down with a cold, and shortly after I woke with a headache and a sore throat. I checked on earthclinic that others had tried this first, which they had, so that night after work I syringed warmed hydrogen peroxide into my ear canal, (probably more than 3 drops as a pretty much filled the ear canal) lay down with a timer for 10 mins on each side, drank down a large dose of vitamin c, and the next day no symptoms of a cold what-so-ever. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't tried it myself. It's a fantastic remedy and over 3 weeks later I still haven't had a cold. I've tried putting the drops in since but they didn't bubble like the first time which I assume means no infection was present. I would recommend trying this if you're in the first stages of cold symptoms as you have nothing to lose.
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Posted by Alexandra (Toronto, On) on 11/11/2009
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to all of the wisdom on this site. I have been using all of the information for a couple of years but haven't written in till now. Two of my kids (14 and 18) came down with colds this week and then started running fevers. My daughter has also been vomitting so has not been able to do the lysine/Vit C remedy for flu. She also threw up the capful of HP in 1 litre of water remedy so I tried the HP in a cool mist humidifier... I added 2 capfuls to the resevoir of water and after 12 hours of sleep she woke up - no fever, no sore throat!
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Posted by Anne (Chicago, Il) on 09/24/2009
H2O2 in ear for colds: I get sick almost every month, usually with a bad cold during, or right after, my period. I tried H2O2 in my ears right when I was getting that familiar tingle in the back of my throat and tired feeling I always get before a cold. I used about a half a capful of 3% hydrogen peroxide poured into my ears, one at a time, lying on my side and let it sit and fizz for about 10 minutes each before dumping it out. The itchy feeling started disappearing right away and the next day I wasn't sick as I was sure I would be. I normally get sick for a good week or two when I do, so I was really glad it worked!
Posted by Carol (Wellston, MI) on 12/17/2008
I have used hp as a gargle for many years. My weak spot for a bug to come into my body is my throat, so when I get a sore throat or infected tonsils, I gargle with a capful of 3% hp so that it reaches the tonsils, (gag a little) and then spit it out. Repeat after 2 or 3 hours, and perhaps one more time later in the day. 90% of the time, my oncoming cold is nipped in the bud!
I also use a homemade paste of 3% hp and baking soda, with a drop of peppermint oil for toothpaste. I keep it in a closed jar to prevent drying out.
EC: hp = hydrogen peroxide
Posted by Jennifer (Henderson, NV) on 08/14/2008
In 2006 I worked in an office where a few women would literally be sick with colds, flu, etc. like every other week. No Joke! Well, they had small children at home and I'm sure this is where they were continuing to pick up viruses from. But they would keep coming to work -they wouldn't call in sick, so they would be coughing, sneezing using the phones, touching fax/copy machines, spreading their germs around continuously on the equipment that we ALL used. SICK of catching their viruses, my friend looked up remedies for the common cold. She found something about peroxide in your ears could stop a cold before it could develop. Well I tried it, and I have been doing it for the past year and a half every time I feel one coming on. If I feel a sore throat, runny nose, etc coming on I just use a small eye dropper and put about 4-5 drops of 3% peroxide (bought at any drug store) in one ear, (tilt head over the sink) and wait about 2-3 mins until you feel the peroxide stop bubbling and get thru the ear wax. Repeat in other ear. This has saved me so much time, money and kept me side-effect free, that I can't be grateful enough for finding out about it. This past winter I worked in another office where mostly women worked, and once again kept getting and bringing to work all the winter time viruses for colds and flu. If I felt anything coming on, I just did the peroxide remedy and am happy to say I remained healthy all winter long while surrounded by repeatedly sick co-workers. I told them all about the peroxide in the ear remedy, but they were skeptical and I don't think any of them tried it. Even when I challenged them to the fact that I was the only one in the office who had not been sick at all and had missed no work~
There should be a LAW :)
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Posted by Sandy (In the sticks, Nevada) on 11/24/2007
We have been using hydrogen peroxide for years to fight off earaches and colds. My kids and I used to go to the dr. all the time for earaches and end up with a big dr. bill and antibiotics. Then we heard about peroxide. I keep the peroxide in a small glass bottle with an eyedropper. The moment anyone starts to get a sore throat or their ears hurt even a tiny bit, we put one eyedropper full in each ear. Hold the bottle in your hand to warm the peroxide a bit (otherwise it feels like ice water going in) and have the person lie flat on their side. I like to leave the peroxide in until it stops bubbling, but even a few minutes may be enough to help. Drain the peroxide out when you are done and dry the ear thoroughly. A nurse told me that the peroxide would burn a hole through the lining of the ear(Has anyone ever heard of this before?), but we have done this for almost 10 years with no problems.
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Posted by Rodica (Mableton, Georgia) on 10/07/2007
12 yrs. ago I've read a book from _____ about H2O2. I was hooked. I found 35%H2O2 through mail order. I started to drink it diluted about 10 drops in a glass of 10-12 oz. I usually drink it if I had flu or bad colds. In every case the cold cleared in one day. What a blessing was that book for me. I told it to many people about my experience but they were skeptical. Make sure you follow the right amount and it should not be a problem.
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Posted by Grant Greene (Lafayette, Colorado) on 04/21/2007
I have been using the following method to treat all colds for the past 15 years, and since first trying it, use nothing else to treat colds. I use the cap from the peroxide bottle and put 1/4 cap of peroxide the rest of the cap is filled with water dripped from the faucet. I put a finger over one nostril and sniff the mixture up the other nostril. I repeat this with the other nostril. One cap full (1/4 peroxide 3/4 water) usually will treat both nostrils. When the solution drain down the nostril passage to the throat I spit it out and blow my nose. Guess what? Instant relief then and there not ten minutes later but then and there. When you blow your nose you will be amazed at what come out. This is especially great for head colds,but also sore throat and stops coughing colds as well. I usually only have to do this twice at about 8 hour intervals. After that or by the next morning were talking, what cold? I have not tried using the inhaling through the mouth method since I have discovered that the cold always appears to be in the nostril passage. Even the sore throat symptom is in the nasal passage between the nose and throat and you will feel where it is when the mixture drains down the nostril passage. If you find that a 1/4 peroxide to 3/4 water too strong, i.e., stings too much, use slightly less peroxide and more water. I sniff rather than spray the mixture as I found that spraying does not atomize and coat the entire nostril passage as well as when the mixture is sniffed. Try it and you will also be amazed.
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Posted by Susan (Atlanta, GA) on 02/05/2007
Re: Peroxide & Eucalyptus oil in a cool mist humidifier: My 11 year-old daughter is very resistant to trying home remedies other than the little pellets under the tongue (Boiron's products are awesome). Oscillo works AMAZINGLY well if you can take it within a few hours of the onset of flu symptoms. But, a friend told me to mix about 1 part peroxide to 3 parts water into a cool (not hot) mist humidifier and run it at night for her. It is great for breathing, though it does "highlight" the hair and eyebrows (we think it's great :o). I've used this method for years now for the whole family with great results for everything from sinus trouble to the flu. She's been antibiotic-free for about 6 years now. Very impressive for a child that was on about two to three rounds per year.
Posted by Mark (Malaga, Spain) on 10/27/2006
I had bad sinus infections on and off for a year; Doctor put me on 4 ot 5 different antibiotics, which helped for a while, but infection always came back after treatment finished. Went to a Natural Health doctor, who cured it with herbs and h2o2 !! Now whenever we feel colds starting we gargle with h202 and 9 out of 10 the cold never develops.
Posted by Brian (Newark, OH) on 05/27/2006
I heard many years ago that the cold/flu virus enters the body through the ears. As a healthcare professional, it seemed utterly ridiculous that anybody would be so "ignorant" as to believe this -- clearly . . . medical science has shown that viruses are typically transmitted through contact with mucous membranes (touch the door knob, pick your nose -- voila). I wasn't feeling well one day -- actually, for about two or three days, and I decided -- what the heck, I'll pour some peroxide in my ears, and see what happens. I swear, on all that is holy -- I did this twice a day for two days, and when I woke the third morning, I felt SO much better! I don't know if the peroxide CURED me or not, but -- my cold was gone -- so, I don't care.
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Posted by Devonia (Benld, IL) on 03/26/2006
I have been using the h2o2 drops in my ears for 2 years now. Since that time I have been cold and flu free. I used to get them 2x a year plus terrible sinus infections. What a relief! I share it with everyone, even total strangers in stores if I see they have a cold.
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I have found that peroxide in the ear can stop a cold even after it starts. I lucked up when doing this method, I didn't know about these home remedies then, I was just off from work because I was sick and decided to clean out my ears because I had extra time. Gargling might help to break up irritation and mucus in the throat. I say this because my ears nose and mouth don't seem to be as closed off from on another as the average person. After adding peroxide in my ears, I immediately tasted it in my mouth (really in the back of my throat). It felt like I needed to belch, and when I did, all the stuff in my throat came up. It was weird for me but it does seem to break up and stop symptoms of colds.