Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus and though there are no cures for the virus there are a number of cold sore treatment options that can help get your back to feeling and looking like yourself in no time. Some of the most popular cold sore treatments are those that can be done in the comfort of your own home. These sores are more than just painful and difficult to deal with, they can be embarrassing both during an outbreak and after if your skin scars from the outbreak. Instead, learn how to take care of your skin in a way that will prevent future outbreaks and protect your skin from scarring during an outbreak. Good skin care is essential to both of these and you should always keep your skin clean, moisturized and protected from the sun and other environmental factors.
You can also use over the counter medications to help relieve some of the symptoms, like itching, burning, swelling and redness of the affected area. You can also use numbing agents for the same symptoms and treatment methods. Though these products will need to be purchased in a store, they can be applied and used at home when you are trying to treat and prevent new ones. Other home remedies include ice packs, petroleum jelly and tea bag applications.
Ice packs can be used for five to ten minutes once an hour to help take down swelling, numb the area and stifle the development of the cold sore. This is especially affective if you have caught the cold sore in the early forming stages because it stifles the growth of the cold sore you can keep it from getting as big or doing as much damage to your skin. A tea bag can also be pressed against the affected area as the caffeine and other ingredients in the tea help to soothe and minimize the cold sore and the affected skin around and under it. Petroleum jelly can be used to protect, moisturize and treat the area.