At first let’s talk about this what cold sore is. Did you know that cold sore is also called fever blisters? Well if no, then now you know. cold sore is a common viral infection. Cold sores are little fluid filled painful blisters. They are located on or near lips. After the blister breaks it forms into a crust and can last around week or sometimes even two weeks.
Few natural remedies for cold sores
If you were wondering if there are any natural remedies for cold sore then the answer is yes. There are natural remedies and we will talk a little bit about them in here. Let’s list them now:
- Tea bags,
- Lemon juice,
- Witch hazel,
- Tea tree oil,
- Vanilla extract,
- Hot compress,
- Petroleum jelly.
This is the list of natural ways how to get rid of a cold sore that we will talk about.
Using tea bags is wonderful if you want to reduce redness around cold sore. But it can’t fight the whole bacterial infection itself, it can only fight the redness so it won’t be seen as much. You should apply those bags directly on cold sore. But don’t put hot tea on your cold sore it can do more evil than good.
Studies shows that lemon balm is great as a cold sore remedy but what about lemon juice? Well there is no enough research on the effects of lemon juice. But lemon juice has antibacterial properties but it is not clinically proven that it may not help fighting the virus that causes cold sore.
Ice is great in pain relief and it also helps reducing redness and swelling of your cold sore. So it is wonderful cold compress for temporary pain relief. If your cold sore hurts a lot you can provide temporary pain relief by putting ice near the cold sore of yours. It is very good if you have cold sore pain.
Rubbing alcohol may be great cold sore treatment because alcohol dry the cold sore and because of that it heals. Rubbing alcohol also helps to reduce the duration by decreasing the risk of bacterial contamination. You can just put some rubbing alcohol on cotton ball and apply rubbing alcohol on your cold sore. This remedy is great in promote healing.
Witch hazel is a very effective astringent,and because of it it helps to dry out cold sores and can faster healing time. But there is also very sensetive skin be careful with this and may try this out on other part of your body because it can make your cold sore worse. You have in your house a cotton swab so use it. Put this liquid on cotton swab and apply it on the cold sore.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has got antiseptic properties. It can help in natural healing process in way of drying out the cold sore. It can even reduce the size of it over the night even with 50% sounds great huh?
Salt can very much decrease the duration of the cold sore and the discomfort that comes with it. But it can be wrong for people with sensetive skin it can sting a little bit.
While vanilla extract is alcohol based it might have the same way of working as rubbing alcohol or witch hazel.
If you decide on using hot (or warm) compress it can be great in reducing the inflammation. All you gotta do it to soke for example a clean towel. So use clean towel soaked in hot water and put it on a affected area.
This kind of remedy help to soften the skin on or around the lips. This petroleum jelly is very thick. Because it is very thick it helps to protect the cold sore from bacteria and thats why you can reduce your risk of experiencing a bacterial infection with it. This one can also be protective layer because of it thickness.
As you can notice there are many of home remedies that you can do. Home remedies aren’t hard to do yourself so if you are dealing with cold sore try them out. Those remedies can be helpful with temporary symptom relief.
How to Prevent Cold Sores
Prevention is a key for everything. You can avoid cold sore outbreak by avoiding some triggers. There are some common cold sore triggers:
- Exposure to sunlight or wind,
- A weak immune system,
- Hormonal changes,
You can prevent those tiggers. For example weak immune system can get stronger by enough amount of sleep, exercise regularly and also healthy diet is a key. About exposure to sunlight wear sunscreen and limit spending time on sun if it is possible.
Are Cold Sores Contagious?
If you were thinking of it if cold sore is contagious the the answer is yes. By this you can understand that you can pass yor cold sore to another person with direct close contact. It can be a surprise but you can also be spreeding this virus while you don’t have blister or and you have non of the symptoms of it. The most contagious you are while the blister is on so if you doesn’t want to pass your cold sore don’t be in direct contact with anyone until its in healing time.
Here are few ways in which you can pass cold sores:
- Using same personal things like for example towels,
- Drinking from the same glass,
- Sharing eating utensils.
So if you can try avoiding those things to prevent bacterial infection spreed on others.
- It is very common thing to get a cold sore after oral sex. You can also get a cold sore in your genital area if you have this kind of sex with someone who has a cold sore.
- If you want to prevent dryness you can use lip balm to do it.
- If you suffer from cold sores often, your dentist may recommend taking.
- If you are the person that has cold sore very often your dentist an antiviral medication regularly to help prevent outbreaks.
- Antivirals are for real the best when taken at the first sign of a cold sores.
- If you can feel that cold sore coming on, It is suggested to apply ice to the area. This can keep a full blown cold sore from developing even more or help it heal more quickly.