Cold sore home remedies are becoming more and more popular as people move away from applying harsh chemicals to their skin and look to find a natural alternative treatment instead. Also, I think one of the reasons that cold sore home remedies are so popular is because quite often you can find the remedy already in the house, or be able to buy the ingredients or item at a relatively cheap price. Now that is not to say that over the counter remedies do not work, it is just that quite often the natural alternative works just as well if not better. So without further ado lets look at some of these home remedies.
Lysine is an amino acid which is believed to be able to help against cold sores, the only problem is, is that the body does not create it naturally, so you have to find a way to get it in your system. The thing with it is though is that it is a large molecule and is not able to be absorbed readily through the skin, in fact putting it on the skin, or on the sore, will be of no help. Now lysine can be found in certain foods, especially foods rich in protein including meat (specifically red meat, pork, and poultry), cheese (particularly parmesan), certain fish (such as cod and sardines), nuts, eggs, soybeans (particularly tofu, isolated soy protein, and defatted soybean flour), spirulina, and fenugreek seed. Also you can take lysine as a supplement, however lysine supplements should only be taken in response to a recommendation by a health care professional. Not only should this help with the outbreak, but because lysine replaces arginine it may prevent further outbreaks occurring.
Another effective remedy is Tea Tree Oil. Tea Tree Oil is fast growing a reputation in the world of natural remedies for its many qualities, and dealing with cold sores is one of them. Tea Tree Oil has many soothing qualities within it which can help to stop the discomfort caused by the cold sore. Additionally Tea Tree Oil also has anti septic like qualities which many believe helps fight the cold sore infection.
Herpes simplex is highly contagious, and easily spread and once you have got it you have got it for life, but quite often the outbreaks occur when your immune system is not at its strongest, ie recovering from illness or being really stressed. So to counter this you need to look at ways to boost your immune system. To boost the immune system, combine equal parts of tinctures of calendula, echinacea, oats, burdock, and lomatium and take 1/2 teaspoon four or five times a day.
Ice is great to reduce swelling and pain. But it greatly slows the healing process of an open wound. Ice is considered one of the cold sores home remedies. One who is suffering from sores should benefit from the healing properties of ice. Ice is the most common treatment for cold sore. You will be surprised that this simple treatment offers much pain relief.
One final tip is that when you have a sore that has developed, then you may need to watch what you eat. Avoid acid foods that may touch the cold sore – like vinegar products and tomatoes. Try to encourage your body toward the alkaline side by taking a good quality vitamin and mineral supplement. Repeated cold sores often means a calcium deficiency, so you may want to increase your dairy intake or use a calcium supplement