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What Are the Best Home Remedies for Cold Sores?
You know what it means when those embarrassing and painful blisters appear in or
near your mouth. It’s simply horrible! These sores can break open, ooze, and crust
over, lasting for up to 10 days. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus
and usually heal up without treatment within 7 to 10 days. Without treatment, those
days can be horrible, and that’s the reason why you need to find comfort with the
best home remedies and natural treatments.
According to a research, about 90% of adults have tested positive for the herpes
simplex virus, and most of these people are likely to show no symptoms
throughout lifetime. Others may have to deal with recurring outbreaks.
After becoming infected, you may not display any symptoms. An outbreak may
happen sometime later. When cold sores start (this is the initial outbreak), it brings
along a tingling, itching or burning sensation around your mouth. Small fluid-filled
sores then appear, usually on the edge of your lower lips. This initial outbreak is
usually worst, and if often accompanied by fever, sore throat, headaches, and pain.
After the initial outbreak, which usually lasts for up to 10 days, the virus doesn’t
leave the body but remains in a dormant state in one’s nerve cells. At this stage,
subsequent outbreaks can occur anytime and are mainly triggered by factors like
hormonal fluctuations, illness, stress, fevers, surgery, or even sun exposure.
How to Prevent Subsequent Infections
Always wash your hands before and after applying cold sore cream.
Avoid touching infected areas unless you are applying cold sore creams
(Note: creams should be dabbed on gently rather than rubbed in, as this can
damage your skin further).
Avoid sharing items that come in contact with affected area, such as lipsticks
or even cutlery.
Avoid the sharing of cold sore creams with other people, as this can further
spread the infection.
Avoid kissing until cold sores are healed.
Stress as many researchers have shown is a major cause of dormant herpes
simplex virus outbreaks. Stress can cause the virus to come out of dormancy.
So, a reduction to the amount of stress in one’s life helps in one way or the
other in preventing cold sores. Regular physical activities and avoiding the
cause of any kind of stress in your life may also help.
You need to take your hands off that prickling blister by your mouth. Even
though one can unconsciously peel it off, try as much as possible to resist
touching the sore, as this action may lead to further bacterial infection, and
therefore even more spread of the cold blisters. Whatever your motive is,
touching or rubbing those sores should be one of the last things in your
Best Home Remedies for Cold Sores Stress Reduction
1. Lemon balm
Lemon balm is a member of the mint family. Using lemon balm may help reduce
the healing time and prevent future outbreaks. Most research suggests using a lip
balm incorporated with at least a percent of lemon balm. Also, as an option, a
compress made of lemon balm infusion (tea) may also minimize healing time and
as well prevent further outbreaks.
2. Aloe Vera
This is pretty good news to hear, as most people have got Aloe Vera planted as a
houseplant. While research of its healing capacity on cold sores is limited and may
be on-going, other studies have found that applying it topically can aid in healing
the lesions of genital herpes. Research has also shown that it fights off bacteria that
may be irritating the sore. Being so dependable, aloe is often regarded as one of the
best natural remedies for skin problems ever.
You will need:
1 Aloe plant or ½ a teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel
Cotton swab (needed only if Aloe plant is hard to come by)
If using an Aloe Vera plant, simply break off the end of one fleshy, succulent leaf.
Apply gel directly to the sore. However, if you find it hard to come by an Aloe
plant, you can dab a cotton swab in ½ teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel and apply directly
on sore. Then, leave for some time
Another good news! With vanilla extract, you are guaranteed to lessen the severity
and length of cold sore outbreaks. The fact behind this process is that vanilla is
alcohol based, and for that, makes it hard for the herpes virus to thrive. It either
wipes it out or shortens the severity and length of attack.
A cotton pad or cotton swab
Pure vanilla extract
Insert cotton pad/swab in vanilla extract until thoroughly soaked. Apply directly to
sore, holding the swab in place for up to a minute. Repeat these 4 times daily, until
Just like vanilla extract, putting a whole milk compress on your sore can help
lessen its severity and speed up its healing time. Any scientific claim to back this
up? Yeah! Milk contains proteins called immunoglobulins, which are essentially
anti-bodies that fight off and prevent viruses – like the herpes simplex virus.
Additionally, milk contains l-lysine. L-lysine helps prevent the horrible effect of an
amino acid called arginine, which has been shown to cause even more outbreaks.
Also, l-lysine helps speed up the healing process. To make it short, you can drink
whole milk to get lysine into your system. For cold sores that have already erupted,
make a whole milk compress to soothe the pain and wipe out the virus.
You will need:
½ - 1 cup of whole milk
Directions: Soak cotton wool in about a tablespoon of milk, and apply directly to
the cold sore for some minutes. After some time, you can use a clean towel
moistened with water to dab off the milk residue. Optionally, you can also apply a
dab of petroleum jelly.
Yeah, just common household ice! Even though ice may not reduce the length of
an outbreak, it can help ease the pain and discomfort caused by the cold sores. You
can apply a cold ice pack directly to the sores for immediate and may be temporary
6. Hydrogen peroxide
Whether you like it or not, applying hydrogen peroxide can be an effective cold
sore remedy. Everybody knows it is not that pleasant on wounds. However, it is
less traumatic and can be used at your own will. It helps speed up healing as it
disinfects sores and makes it hard for the virus to thrive well, thus, prevents the
worsening or spread of infection.
A tablespoon full of Hydrogen peroxide
Soak desired amount of cotton ball in 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide until
saturated. Place the saturated cotton ball on your sore, and yes! It’s going to sting,
but you have to hold it there for a few seconds. After like around 5 minutes, you
can rinse off the site.
7. Zinc oxide
Research has shown that applying creams containing zinc oxide to the affected
sore areas can reduce symptoms like blistering, soreness, and itching. Also, if
applied within 24 hours to outbreak, it can lessen the length of an outbreak. Zinc
oxide creams can be found at available drug stores around.
8. Vitamin C and E
Vitamins are really good for us; they have been shown to carry out a number of
functions in our bodies. These vitamins are also good for our cold sores. Vitamin C
has been proved to boost white blood cells count, and as already known, these
white blood cells are the body’s defenders. They fight off infections, and in this
case, can help fight off herpes infection. Also, vitamin E has been found to relieve
the irritation and pain associated with cold sores. Vitamin E also minimizes skin
scarring. These vitamins can be gotten through supplements, oils and our diet,
which is probably the best way. Increase in the consumption of foods rich in
vitamin C and E is highly recommended, as long as they don’t pose any health
Vitamin C rich foods: Kiwi, Broccoli, Red pepper, Lemon, Orange, Tomatoes, Red
Vitamin E rich foods: Whole grains especially wheat, leafy green vegetables,
Avocados, and Nuts
For more information, visit www.coldsorescured.com