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Cold Sores

Cold sores are also commonly known as fever blisters and medically known as Herpes Simplex. It is a classic misnomer. Cold sores have nothing to do with either cold or fever. They are in fact tiny painful blisters filled with fluid, usually occurring near lips, mouth or nose. Cold sores are caused by a highly infectious virus called Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV).

Home Remedies:

  • The blister caused by cold sore may burst, ooze fluid, crust and fade eventually within 7 to 10 days. However, before the ordeal is over one may have to withstand the burning pain right from day one of the outbreak. Here are a few easy home remedies to get some relief from the pain and inflammation.
  • Rub an ice cube as soon as you feel the tingle. Rub it directly on the cold sore to reduce the pain and inflammation. Repeat it every 10-15 minutes for about an hour.
  • Dip a ball of cotton wool in vinegar and apply on and around the blister. It helps to create an acidic environment, which is unfavourable for the viruses.
  • Lysine, a known amino acid helps to heal cold sores. It has a property to prevent the replication of herpes virus.
  • Use tincture of myrrh; soak it in cotton wool and dab it on the sore. Commonly found in food shops, myrrh directly attacks the virus causing cold sores.
  • Prepare a mixture of tea-tree oil, olive oil and eucalyptus oil. In case, you do not have all the three, use the one that is available. Tea-tree oil is considered to be highly powerful natural antiseptic, while eucalyptus oil acts affectively against cold sores. Applying it or the mixture twice or thrice a day to gives very good results in cold sores.
  • The herb Calendula or pot marigold has antiviral properties. It reduces the severity of cold sore or may even stop the eruption. Make a tea by boiling 3-4 Calendula petals. Let it steep for about 15 minutes and strain. Soak the tea in a cotton wool and dab it on the blister. It will surely provide you some respite.
  • Scratching the blister only makes the situation worse. Reduce itching by applying Vitamin E oil on the cold sore.
  • Whole milk is a trustworthy treatment for cold sore or blisters. Take a piece of cloth or a  gauze and soak it with whole milk at room temperature. Compress it onto the cold sore for about 10 minutes. Repeat the procedure twice or thrice a day.
  • Fresh extract of Aloe Vera leaf can be soothing if applied on the blister. It will ease the pain.
  • Avoid using cosmetic products or concealers on the sores. It will aggravate the problem.
  • If cold sores recur frequently, replace your toothbrush and keep it in dry and airy place to avoid viruses brooding on it.
  • Put cold or damp tea bags on the cold sores.  They contain soothing bergamot oil and tannins. It will ease the pain and inflammation. Repeat it every 10 to 15 minutes at least thrice or four times a day.
  • Camphor spirit too is an effective remedy to cure cold sores.
  • A paste made of fresh Neem leaves is known to have healing properties. Apply it on the sores.
  • If you are suffering from cold sores in the mouth, mix salt in lukewarm water and gargle with. This will help to subside the blister as quickly as possible.
  • Herbal healers like lemon balm can prevent the outbreak of cold sore. It is usually available in the form of ointment at medical stores.

Severe symptoms of cold sore may cause fever, swollen-glands or flu-like symptoms. If you develop pain in the eyes or of your eyes become sensitive to light it indicates the the virus has spread to your eyes. Seek your doctor’s appointment.  If your cold sore takes more than two weeks to heal or are recurrent, like 4 times an year, it is advisable to consult your doctor.  

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