Natural Ways to Get Rid of Cold Sores

Cold sores are caused by a virus known as Herpes simplex. Cold sores are small blisters which develop on the lips or sometimes around the lips. Besides being very itchy and painful, cold sores can make you self-conscious. Cold sores lasts for about 6-7 days but can come back again. In most of the cases they leave their mark which fades away with time.

how to get rid of cold sore

Are they Infectious?

Yes they are very infectious. And can be easily passed on to other people especially those with close contact. It is most infectious when it is blistering. You should try to avoid touching cold sores, because you can pass the virus on to other people either by shaking hand or by other different ways. Sometimes, but very rare, the virus can be transferred to your own eyes. So avoid squeezing, pinching or pricking the cold sore as this can spread the infection.

Symptoms Of Cold Sores

The symptoms of cold sore usually varies from person to person. And the symptoms start to appear after quite some time. But some of the common but rare symptoms are

  • High Fever
  • Headache
  • Producing more saliva than normal
  • Dehydration
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen glands
  • Irritated or swollen gums (sometimes having blisters)

If you do not have these symptoms then most probably you just have a primary infection in which sometimes you tend to have blisters only.

Treatment

Cold sores can easily be treated at home. The virus doesn’t leave the body after the initial breakout, it simply remains dormant in your nerve cells.  However, it can be triggered by a number of factors like stress, illness, hormonal imbalance etc. But as they can’t be unavoidable, so here are a few things you can do to calm or shorten the length of a cold sore.

  • Ice 

Ice for cold soreIce does not reduce the duration of a breakout, but it eases the discomfort and inflammation of cold sores. Just apply a cold pack directly to the sores for temporary relief. This will reduce itching and stop the blisters from growing.

 

 

 

  • Aloe Vera

aloe vera for cold soreAloe Vera is know for healing and has anti-inflammatory  properties. Applying Aloe Vera topically on the cold sore reduces the itching and makes the sore blister dry out completely.

 

 

  • Zinc Oxide 

zinc oxide for cold soreYou can find zinc oxide in some sun screen. Or you can also find it in nearby drug store. Research shows us that applying zinc oxide on the cold sore reduces symptoms like itching, blistering and soreness. It also shorten the length of the outbreak.

 

 

 

  • Lemon Balm

lemon balm for cold soreLemon balm is an herbal home remedy for Herpes. It can be applied directly to lesions to reduce itching and inflammation. It is easily available in stores. So you can get one for future outbreak of herpes. Because as they say it is better to be safe than sorry.

 

 

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