What Causes A Cold Sore?
A cold sore is a fluid-filled blister which usually appears at the edge of the lips. It is an infection which is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) which is lying dormant in nerve cells supplying your lips and the surrounding skin. A cold sore is the herpes virus on your lip. Cold sore is contagious, meaning it can be can spread by direct contact such as a kiss, or through contact with an infected towel, toothbrush, food utensils, and any other shared things. It is painful, embarrassing and very frustrating. It also has a high tendency to come back or recur on the same spot. When you start feeling a tingle it means the cold sore is at the early stages. The next symptom of a cold sore is the open sore. It’s important to begin treating the area where the cold sore is forming, immediately.
What Are Some Remedies For Cold Sores?
One of the home remedies that can be applied to relive a cold sore is ice, hold ice or a cold drink to the area. Another natural home remedy to relieve a cold sore is the application of a tea bag, which contains tannic acid with anti viral properties. Both of the herbal antiseptics Sage and Tea Tree Oil and also the herbal sedative Violet has been suggested as a treatment for cold sores. Please remember that herbal treatments must be used appropriately, and therefore should only be used in response to a recommendation by a health care professional. There are over-the-counter treatments like Abreva, but who wants to spend that kind of money. In addition Zovirax is a well known treatment but it may not work for everybody.
Try using Aquaphor or a little bit of Carmex. I know some people who use Neosporin at night which seems to help. I have heard very good things about Olive Leaf Extract as well.
There is no effective preventative treatment for cold sores, although applying lip salve before going out in the sun may help prevent an outbreak. I have noticed that if I take lysine once a day it will help to prevent them. Actually lysine is one of the main ingredients in most cold sore treatments. Unfortunately, most of the time cold sore is annoying due to its ugly appearance, pains and discomforts. If the cold sore is not healing after 10 days, contact a doctor. Click on the link below for more information on natural remedies for cold sores.