Epsom Salt for Cold Sores

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Mark A. (Sewll, New Jersey) on 12/20/2011:
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Ok, I saw this post and I don't know if I bit my lip (inside), sleeping or if it was a cold sore since I never had one before. It was burning so I put ACV with mother on it for 2 days and it felt the same. I looked at it in the mirror but can't see anything.

So I tried the Epsom salts. I put on 3 or 4 very tiny crystals on the end of my finger and tried to hold it on the spot just before bed. As soon as I put it on the spot it dissappeared and I couldn't see it. They slipped off my finger and went beetween my gum and lip just at the base of my jaw line. When I let my lip go it felt like I had rocks in my mouth. I tried pulling my lip back, flushing it with water, and brushing it with my toothbrush trying to get the salt out. No luck. I rinse again, went on the internet to look for an answer to see if it was harmful, found nothing. I went to bed and figured it would dissolve by morning. Wrong. Now my inside of my lip at the "Site" feels rough when I touch it with my tongue and it still fells like a bunch of rocks only now it is burning at my gumline and numb. Still wondering where the salt went. See nothing. Did it magically melt into my skin and got covered up? Guess I need more help as if anyone knows if this will pass, or perhaps a way of neutralizing the salt. Hot liquids don't "melt" it either. It's been 12 hours since I "applied" the salt to the wound area. Help and please don't try what the above poster posted or you will end up like me. Lol

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Tina (Sylvania, Ohio, Usa) on 03/28/2011:
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Yes, Epsom Salt works for me when it somes to cold sores. I had one developing on my lip, I popped the lump, then held some epsom salt on it twice that day and by the next day the area was flat and healed.

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Jean (Franklin, Wi) on 08/18/2009:
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No idea where I ever got the idea to try this, but it has worked every time for me. When I get a cold sore, I put a crystal of epsom salt on it. It stings for a bit, but within a short period of time the pain is down, a few hours I know its already on the mend, and the next day its usually about 1/2 to 2/3 cleared up. It only needs to be done once.
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