How to Get Rid of Cold Sores
HOW TO GET RID OF A COLD SORE
Never mind the fact that they can have a tiny appearance. A cold sore is a burden and one should do all within his or her power to heal of the. For those infected, how to get rid of a cold sore is one of their prime searches and because of that, many have come across lasting solutions while others have only been journeying around in circles.
Cold sores can particularly make life a living hell when they are painful. It feels like the world’s weight is on the infected area and draws everything around it. Cold sores can make it difficult to eat and talk which affects the smooth running of our daily activities.
Cold sores can also be a source of huge embarrassment. Usually, we have our ways of surviving many conditions to still appear our best. But when it comes to cold sores, it is out there for the world to see. We may be hindered in our relationships with other people and if it happens to young people who struggle with acceptance, it can become a big deal.
Needless to say, cold sores aren’t things we are comfortable living with and we seek above all to make them history. Thankfully, there are several ways to do that that are covered in this article. Read on
What are Cold Sores?
Cold sores are also called Fever Blisters. They are infections that are usually found on the lips, nose, eyes and some other body parts. Cold sores are caused by Herpes Simplex Virus and are usually painful, irritable and unattractive. Cold sores are common with 90% of a population getting it at least once in a lifetime. This is probably because it is highly contagious especially when it hasn’t scabbed. This infection is generally not of serious medical consequence but that doesn’t mean we want it sitting around in any part of our bodies. The virus that causes cold sores enters the body when the skin around the mouth breaks or it can simply enter through the mouth. It can be passed on by touching the cold sores or fluids from those that have been infected. This means activities like kissing, sharing razor or toothbrush and some other bodily contacts can make a person become infected.
How to Prevent Cold Sores
- Avoid contact with the bodily fluid of an infected person
- Avoid sharing utensils with an infected person
- Treat any skin breakage that may serve as an entrance for the simplex virus
- Maintain a clean hygiene to protect against the virus
- Talk to your doctor if you are highly susceptible to cold sores
Natural Remedies for Treating Cold Sores
If you are prone to getting cold sores or you already have them, you want to know how to get rid of cold sores fast.
Boost your Immune System
Remember you are fighting against a virus. You can’t do it if your immune system is weak. To get rid of cold sores fast, eat food that will energize your immune system and make it have a strong defense against the virus. There are many things you can do to fight cold sores from the outside as well but if you have lost the battle within, even if the external factors work, it will take longer time than necessary. Eat foods that will help to build your friendly bacteria which will fight against the virus as well as foods that are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Yogurt, vegetables, nuts and many more are topical examples of the kinds of food you should consume voraciously.
When it comes to getting rid of cold sores, vanilla is really handy. Pure vanilla extract is a natural remedy that will get rid of cold sore and this is attested to by many people. The alcohol base present in vanilla kills off the virus and reduces the severity and intensity of the outbreak. With consistent usage, it will be as if it never even happened.
How to get it done
- Soak cotton ball in pure organic vanilla extract until it saturates
- Remove from the vanilla and allow excess moisture to drip off
- Place directly on the sore. Hold it in for a minute
- Repeat process several times daily
Take Vitamins C and E supplement
Vitamin E is the skin vitamin and it can’t put up with anything that threatens the welfare of the skin. It soothes the skin and reduces pain and inflammation. This vitamin also repairs damaged skin while vitamin C boosts blood cell count. With vitamin C, the chance of getting a cold sore is minimal but even if you have it, this vitamin will raise your immune system to red alert and wage intense war against the virus. You can take either of these vitamins in foods or as supplements.
Licorice contains glycyrhizic acid which is a natural ingredient that protects against virus invasion. Studies show that this acid interrupts the formation of virus cells. Licorice has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties that make life a living hell for any simplex that seeks to make a habitation in your body. Don’t be too haywire with this treatment though so that you won’t get another form of irritation. Just make a cream with a sizable amount of licorice and you can also drink the tea daily.
How to get it done
- Mix a tablespoon of licorice root powder with half a teaspoon of water
- Instead of water, you can also mix with petroleum jelly
- Use a cotton swab to dab the mixture on the cold sore and leave it on for several hours
Increase your Zinc Intake
Zinc effectively works for treating oral herpes infection. It is a trace mineral that helps maintain health, it reduces or eliminates inflammation and it boosts the body’s immunity against invasion. Zinc is cheap and readily available. Part of the symptoms of zinc deficiency is the appearance of cold sores as well, so imagine what it would do if you take it in sufficient quantity? Zinc is available in foods like chicken, egg, yogurt, mushrooms and so on and you can also take it as a supplement like zinc acetate or zinc sulfate.
Milk is soothing and it works well to reduce swelling and inflammation. Make a milk compress and dab it on your cold sores intermittently. Milk has proteins that will fight against the herpes virus. The proteins are known as immunoglobins. Milk also has L-lysine which is a compound that limits the expressive ability of the acid that causes the outbreak. In addition to this is the fact that milk has both preventive and curative abilities against cold sores. You can also drink enough milk as this will make the battle rage both indie and outside against the Simplex virus and in no time at all, your cold sores will disappear.
Many skin conditions are direct and indirect effects of sunlight. When you expose yourself too much to sunlight, you are also exposing yourself to what you don’t want like the herpes virus while reducing your body’s ability to fight. Wear sunscreen anytime you have to be in the sun. If you can, avoid exposure to sun completely as this can cause cold sores. Another point you should note is that you must apply the sun screen on every parts of your body including your lips and nose. This does not mean every sunscreen is good for you. I recommend organic sunscreen as most sunscreens are toxic and can be a basis to incur some skin infections.
Wipe with Hydrogen Peroxide
This won’t exactly feel good on your cold sore especially if it has crusted and opened up, but if you have had hydrogen peroxide applied to a scrape before, you know it works. This solution is highly effective against cold sores and consistent application will wage war against the virus, a war it will win. It disinfects the soreness and heals up the skin.
How to get it done
- Soak a cotton ball in the solution till it saturates
- Dab the cotton ball on the cold sore and hold it in place. It will sting at first but as your body relaxes, it will get accustomed to it
- Rub it around the surrounding skin and leave for 5 minutes before rinsing off
Aloe Vera Gel
Here is my personal darling and I make bold to say aloe vera gel works for anything skin! This natural moisturizer and antibacterial agent will soothe and relief the pain from your cold sores while also dealing harshly with the herpes virus. It has enzymes, vitamins, minerals and everything the body needs to send the simplex virus packing. Just rub fresh aloe vera gel on the cold sores and leave it all day long. If you feel an application has stayed too long, rinse off and reapply.
Cornstarch neutralizes the pH of the sore and makes kills the life off the sore. Moreover, its cooling and calming effect also helps to relieve pain and inflammation from the sore. Herpes simplex virus can only survive in an environment that is highly acidic and so, cornstarch takes that away from it. When your body is no longer conducive for the virus, it does and that is the end of cold sore.
How to get it done
- Mix cornstarch with fresh water to make a paste
- Dab the paste on cold sores before going to bed
- Leave it on overnight
- Rinse off with coldwater in the morning
- Repeat treatment every night till the cold sore disappears
Drink Echinacea Tea
This is an important treatment option for those with weakened immune system that are highly susceptible to cold sores. Echinacea boosts the immune system and raises its defenses against foreign invasion. Those who regularly drink this tea hardly come down with anything. If your immune system is weak, even when you don’t have cold sores, drink this tea religiously and if you already have an infection, still go ahead and drink it. This will give your body the momentum it needs to fight back
Keep your Hands Off
One would think this is so obvious a point, there is no need to talk about it but if we will be sincere, there is a need to talk about it. When something gives us pain or discomfort on our body and it is within arm’s reach, then we make sure our arms reach it all the time. When that thing now makes us self conscious, our arms hardly ever leave it alone. When it comes to cold sores, you have to keep your hands off completely. If you touch it consciously or unconsciously, chances are that you are increasing the spread of the infection or that you are making it more irritated or both. There is nothing you will lose by keeping your hands off. Rather, it will help you heal faster. I know it isn’t easy but you have to put your mind to it.
Replace Some Essentials
Remember the role bodily fluid play in spreading cold sores and use that knowledge to get rid of anything that may cause the spread of cold sores on your body or make someone else develop an infection. Replace the toothbrush you were using before you got infected, the razor and other things that have touched your fluid. Wash the bedspread and your clothes thoroughly to avoid re-infection. Also, abstain from kissing or being kissed.
Ice the Cold Sores
Use a cold compress on the cold sores. They may be called cold sores but they are anything but cold. The ice will not only numb the pain and reduce inflammation, it will also annihilate the actions of the virus and possible kill it. Just apply the ice directly on the sores and hold it in for as long as you can. Then pat the water from the area and rub on petroleum jelly.