9 Natural Home Remedies for Cold Sores

Home Remedies for Cold Sores

9 Natural Home Remedies for Cold Sores

A cold sore, also called fever blister, is a small cluster of tiny white blisters that are not only uncomfortable and unsightly but can also be downright painful. These fluid filled small lesions usually show up on or around your lips but can also appear on genitals. It is believed that cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus. Initially, they look harmless, but they quickly turn into painful sores that are highly contagious. Since Cold sores are a virus there is no real cure, so here are 9 Home Remedies for Cold Sores that will hopefully have them gone away in 5 to 7 days, however, they can last up to 2 weeks

The terms canker sore and cold sore are often interchangeably used; however, they are different. Canker sores are not caused by viruses, but they are infections caused by bacteria inside the mouth. Unlike cold sores, canker is not contagious.

There are two types of herpes simplex viruses ((HSV) namely HSV-1 & HSV-2 that cause cold sores. Both the viruses can cause sores on or around the lips (herpes labialis) and on the genitals (genital herpes).

Once infected, the virus lies dormant in nerve roots in that part of the body and usually reactivated after some period under emotional stresses.

These unsightly swollen red blisters may bump up your misery if you are fighting off the flu or a cold. Fortunately, there are some home remedies for cold sores that may help boost the healing process and soothe the discomfort by acting as preventive measures to reduce the outbreaks, severity, and duration.

Here a list of Natural Home Remedies for Cold Sores

1- Hands off

Touching a cold sore can cause viral infections. So, don’t pinch, squeeze or peel a cold sore. As they are highly contagious, you should avoid sharing washcloths, drink cups, etc. as well as kissing or oral sex. If you happen to touch the cold sore, frequently wash your hand and avoid touching your genitals or eyes, etc. Using hand sanitizer is recommended if you accidently pick a cold sore.

2- Cover Cold Sore

Covering a cold sore with sunscreen can boost the healing process and help prevent reactions to the cold sores caused by excessive exposure to the sun. You can find sunscreen specially designed for lips or opt for a lipstick that contains sunscreen. However, don’t attempt to hide a cold sore with heavy make-ups because the chemical may aggravate the problem.

3- Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a sticky green gel found inside the leaves of the cactus plants called Aloe barbadensis. Used since ancient times for many treatments Aloe Vera is an effective natural remedy and is particularly useful in the treatment of cold sores. Cape, Zanzibar, Socotrine or Barbados Aloe are other names for this well-known plant.

Studies show that the Aloe Vera is very beneficial in curing many oral diseases. When applied to cold sores, it accelerates the healing process and thereby reduces the pain. One of the biggest advantages is it causes no harm if it gets into your mouth while applying. For cooling effect and soothing sensations, you can keep it in the refrigerators also.

4- Milk

Cold sores are very painful and thus, cause a stinging sensation. To avoid itching caused cold sores it is recommended to use milk. The milk contains immunoglobulins and l-lysine amino acids. The acids are very helpful in treating pain and redness during cold sores.

Simply, dab a cotton ball in milk and apply it to the affected area. For better results, use cold milk which speeds up the healing process from the beginning.

5- Licorice

The studies reveal that glycyrrhizic acid which is present in the licorice root helps in the prevention of cold sores by stopping the virus in their tracks. So it is recommended to chew licorice whip.

One important thing to keep in mind while buying licorice whip is that it should be real licorice because in the United States the licorice has artificial flavor. So be sure the ingredient list must contain “licorice mass” which means the product contains the real licorice.

You can also use licorice powder for the treatment of cold sores. Just sprinkle some licorice powder on the affected area. Or one more thing you can so do is to mix some cream with a pinch of licorice powder and a smidgen of pure vegetable shortening, and then apply it to the cold sore.

6- Ice

The cooling effect plays a vital role in helping with the prevention of cold sores. If you use ice on the infected area, at least, three times a day, then it will be a great relief therapy. Eating cold food is also preferable during fever blisters. There are also a lot of cool products available in the market which you can use such as super-cold drinks, slushies or smoothies, popsicle, and ice- cream, etc.

Thus, all these will help in reducing the redness or tingling sensation of cold sores.

7- Avoid Triggers

Once affected, a cold sore virus lives in the nerves in a dormant state waiting for a trigger to reoccur again. Some of the triggers are food allergies, stress, colds, and flu, menstruation, sunburn, weak immunity, etc. So the recommendation to prevent these triggers is to get regular exercise, indulging in yoga and meditation and avoiding salty and acidic foods.

8- Zinc Lozenges

Unpleasant and swollen Cold Soars are painful blisters. Factors found to trigger the occurrence of cold sores are stress and tension. Therefore, Zinc Lozenges can be good to have on hand. The sucking of Zinc Lozenges may help improve the immune system functions and, therefore, prevents the occurrence of unwanted cold sores.

9- Change Your Toothbrush

Toothbrushes can be a haven for various germs. It is crucial to get a new toothbrush during a cold sore infection, and separately another one after the sore heals. In this way, you can take preventive measures to lessen the occurrences.

As mentioned above, there is no real cure for cold sores. Hence trying out the home remedies for cold sores can speed up the healing process and lessen the outbreaks.

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