Although a cold sore condition usually clear up after seven or ten days, it could still be very painful and irritating. However, you should know that there are natural remedies available that can help you relieve the symptoms of the condition.
Before you start seeing blisters, you will first notice a tingling sensation within the area that is infected by the virus. You can try rubbing aloe vera extract within this area to prevent severe outbreak. Bear in mind that aloe vera is most effective if it is used during the initial stage of cold sores, as it can help prevent the sores from surfacing.
Lip balms, such as Vaseline, are helpful in easing dryness and cracking of the lips. These can also soften the scabs covering the sores, thus proving relief against bleeding and pain.
This is another useful cold sore treatment. Lysine is an essential amino acid, which is helpful in preventing and shortening the duration of the outbreak. This type of amino acid can inhibit the ability of the virus to replicate and prevent it from spreading. Lysine can be consumed in the form of supplement or ointment once you feel a tingling sensation in any part of your body, particularly within the facial area. Lysine ointment can be used three times a day in order to prevent the sores from developing. If you want to obtain lysine naturally, you can consume yogurt, as this contains high amount of this essential amino acid.
This is considered as the easiest way to deal with cold sores. Simply make a cornstarch paste by adding water to it, apply it on the affected area and leave it for several hours or until you are relieved of the pain and itching due to cold sores. Cornstarch can also help speed up the healing of the condition.
Another simple remedy that you can opt for is to rub ice on the affected area for several minutes.
Application of ice on the sores on a daily basis can prevent the virus within the nerves from moving, thus preventing it from spreading to other areas of the body.
Lemon balm has natural antiviral properties that are helpful in reducing pain and swelling, along with other symptoms of cold sores or fever blisters. This can also help prevent the recurrence of the condition and minimize the severity of outbreaks.
In order to numb the pain due to cold sores, you can spirits of camphor and dab it to the sores using cotton. Other numbing agents that you can opt for include benzocaine, tetracaine, benzyl alcohol, lidocaine and phenol.
Various types of herbs can also be used as remedy for cold sores. Using mint for topical application can help speed up the healing of the condition. Tincture of myrrh is also helpful in relieving pain due to cold sores. Chamomile, on the other hand, has natural anti-inflammatory properties, which is helpful in minimizing swelling on the sores and on the mucus membrane.
Simply steep an ordinary bag of tea into boiling water for several minutes. Allow it to cool down and then apply the bag directly into the lesions for at least 30 minutes. Tea contains tannic acid, which as natural antiviral properties that is helpful in healing cold sores and preventing herpes simplex virus from spreading.
Simply mix a drop of grapefruit seed extract with olive oil or aloe vera oil and apply it on the affected area to reduce pain and itching due to cold sores.
Zinc can be used topically or consumed as tablets to reduce the duration of the condition and speed up the healing process. Zinc lozenges can also be opted for to boost the body’s immune system and prevent further infections. However, keep in mind that you should not consume more than 15 mg of zinc without medical supervision.
Preventing Cold Sores
These cold sore home remedies are proven effective against the condition. However, do not forget that your best defense against cold sores is prevention. You can prevent the condition by following these safety measures:
- Avoid kissing or having sexual intercourse with an individual that is affected with genital herpes.
- Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight, as this can trigger cold sore outbreaks. If this is unavoidable, use sunscreen on the lips, as well as on other areas that are susceptible to the condition.
- Avoid sharing personal belongings, such as razors, towels or utensils, with individuals afflicted with cold sores.
- Replace your toothbrush as soon as you are experiencing a tingling sensation during an outbreak, after the outbreak and once the sores are healed in order to prevent it from resurfacing.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before and after applying medications to the sores.
- Learn how to boost your body’s immune system to prevent infection.
- Avoid excessive consumption of acidic or salty foods.
- Foods containing high amount of arginine should be excluded from your diet, such as peanuts, chocolates, peas, grains, whole-wheat products and oatmeal.
Aside from being painful, this condition is considered as a social embarrassment. You will definitely notice people avoiding you, especially if you have cold sore on lip. The best thing that you can do is to follow the preventive measures stated above and find the most effective remedy for your condition, to hasten the process of healing and prevents the condition from recurring.