Cold Sore Home Remedies

Cold sores, sometimes called canker sores or fever blisters, are most commonly found at the lips and mouth area. These are caused by the Herpes simplex virus 1. These are very painful sores and most people with cold sores want to get rid of a cold sore immediately. This article will discuss how to take care of cold sores at home.

Stress Management

Before we delve into the ways of how to treat cold sores, we need to talk about the possible triggers that can aggravate the condition and hold back the treatment. One word: Stress. Avoid stress as much as possible as this contributes to the development (or aggravation, if the cold sore already exists) of the blisters. This may be easier said than done, but there are a number of ways to get rid of a cold sore using stress busting techniques. One way is plain rest and relaxation. Just breathe in and participate in activities that help you relax the most. Listen to music, do yoga exercises, get an afternoon nap, read a good book or do some meditation. Bear in mind to wear sunscreen if you plan on going outdoors, though, since cold sores are sensitive to sunlight and heat.

First Things First

Cold sores are a common ground for people seeking pain relief. There are many cold sore remedies that include prescription medicine or over-the-counter analgesics. However, more people opt for cold sore home remedies that are safer and more accessible. These can also give quick results without going to the doctor.

First off, prevention of getting others infected is of utmost importance. Some ways to avoid contamination of others include avoiding contact of others with the site of the cold sores. Also, avoid sharing eating utensils or toothbrushes. Experts also advise the discarding of toothpaste that has come in contact with the affected person’s toothbrush.

Proper Personal Hygiene

Other common remedies for cold sores include the use of petroleum based products to cover and protect the area of blisters. This ensures that any bacteria in the atmosphere will not proliferate on the area of the cold sores. Aside from speeding up the healing process, this also helps protect the person from re-infecting himself in other parts of the body. This usually occurs if the person touches the area of the blisters and comes in contact with other open areas of the body. Good hygiene and proper hand washing are key elements to help prevent this from happening.

Low Temperature

A more direct approach includes the use of cold temperature to numb the area and lessen the pain caused by the sore. Cold sore remedies involve the application of an ice cube or an ice pack directly over the site of the blisters. You should keep the ice cube right on the area of cold sores until the ice cube melts away. When this happens, use a soft towel or linen and carefully pat the area dry. Be gentle enough and make sure to avoid rubbing the area. This may cause further irritation and may aggravate the pain sensation. After the area has been dried, take a cotton ball with a little rubbing alcohol in it and dab this on to the area of blistering. This helps kill the bacteria still present in the cold sore area.

Seek Professional Help

These are only some of the most common home remedies for cold sores. Mostly, these cold sore remedies are palliative and are focused on pain management. If symptoms persist for more than a few days, it is still best to consult your physician for expert medical advice.

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