Do you also get those bacterial skin rashes around and near your lips that lasts quite a long time? We’re guessing it right, cold sores it is. Totally irrelevant to its name, cold sores, also called fever blisters are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1, which is usually acquired in childhood through contact with contaminated saliva. The type 1 virus is believed to lie hidden in assured nerve cells of the body until it is activated by stress, fretfulness, a cold or excessive exposure to the sun. It causes sores on your external lip or near your mouth or nose that last anywhere from seven to 14 days.
Vanilla extract is a natural and one of the most effective cold sore remedies some people swear by. It is an alcohol based product which makes it hard for the bug to flourish and either wipes it out or lessens the sternness and length of the rash. You need to take a cotton pad and rub it off the extract. Apply it directly to the sore region and dap it for 1 or 2 minutes. Repeat the procedure four times a day until no longer needed.
Moms have always fed us milk for stronger bones and immune system but milk does more wonders than stated. Milk contains proteins known as immunoglobulins, which are fundamentally anti-bodies that fight off and prevent viruses-like herpes. Putting a whole milk condense on your sore can help pace up the healing, and ease pain. To help cold sores that have already erupted, drink whole milk and prevent outbreaks.
- Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide solution can be an effective cold sore remedy. It disinfects the blister and makes it go away faster. Though it has a burning sensation on body but anything but hydrogen peroxide won’t clean away the mess that easily. It has antiseptic and antiviral properties that can help reduce inflammation and fight away the viral infection causing the cold sore. Soak a cotton ball in one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and hold it directly over the cold sore for five minutes. Rinse your face gently with cold water afterwards and throw away the used cotton ball. You’ll start noticing the changes thereafter.
Peppermint leaves have anti-bacterial properties that cure any kind of skin allergies. Peppermint oil, on the other hand is thought to have properties that directly kill virus particles outside of your cells, like the ones floating around an erupted cold sore. When the peppermint oil is applied directly to a cold sore, it heals faster than usual and shows significant results. Get some oil on your finger and apply it directly on your lips. Keep it overnight and clean your face the next morning.
- Vitamins E and C
We’ve been studying about vitamins and their importance since kids and no wonder sustaining a healthy life. Vitamins are not just good for our body but also cold sores. Vitamin C boosts white blood cell counts which are the body’s defenders whereas Vitamin E helps fight off any kind of infection and relieves from unnecessary irritation and pain. Vitamins can either be taken in oral form i.e. pills or juice; or taken as applied as a night cream or oil.
Cornstarch paste extracted from the mixture of corn powder and water helps relieve the itchy burning pain of a sore when directly applied. It neutralizes the pH of the sore- the virus thrives in an overly-acidic environment-and creates an alkaline state. To seek relief, and shorten the duration of your cold sore, simply whip up some silky-smooth cornstarch paste.
- Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel has natural healing qualities. It protects the sensitive parts of the skin and gets rid of blisters, scars, burn, cuts, cold sores and other skin related infections. Using cotton wool, dab some witch hazel onto the cold sore and wait for magic to happen.
- Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera being the solution to all body, skin and hair related problems fights off cold sores and gives instant relief from the blisters. Convenient to use and affordable to buy, aloe vera has medicinal properties that keeps away all kinds of virus from the body. It is one of the best remedies to prevent from cold sores.
It’s summers and what can be better than cooling effect aka ice. Apply ice cubes to them cold sores and rub it gently to your lips and skin. Ice cubes give instant relief to these blistery devils around your mouth and helps numb the pain. Hold it for as long as possible and re apply the technique a number of times.
There’s more to alcohol than dizziness. Alcohol being a medicinal drug works to dry the cold sore so that it heals quickly and effectively. It also helps to reduce the duration by decreasing the risk of bacterial contamination. To use rubbing alcohol, make sure you get a 70 percent solution which is available at drug stores. Take a cotton swab, soak it in the rubbing alcohol and hold this on the cold sore.
- Petroleum Jelly
Cold sore can be protected by covering it with medicated petroleum jelly after it has drained. This will help keep the sore moist and prevent your skin from cracking and outbreaks, providing a protective seal over the sore as it heals. This jelly softens the skin that is irritated due to the cold sore because it contains natural emollients.
6. Sea Salt
Sea salt contains mineral that helps to heal skin that is inflamed and broken. It may sting a little, but can notably decrease the duration of your cold sore. Take a tablespoon of sea salt and add it in a cup of lukewarm water. Apply the mixture to your affected area with the help of a cotton ball.
- Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil dries out different skin blemishes and it does the same for cold sores. It dries them out quickly so that you can get rid of them fast and it also has compelling antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral and antibiotic properties. This oil helps reduce the size of your cold sore by as much as 50 percent over night. Simply dab this oil onto your cold sore using a cotton pad and repeat the step twice a day.
- Olive Leaf Extract
Olive leaf extract has antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal and immune boosting properties. The active ingredients found in olive leaves can help inactivate the virus and lessen symptoms with regular usage. Your fraility to colds and other viruses may also improve over time making your immune system stronger.
Exposure to light, namely UV light, seems to be a very contributing factor in outbreaks. Apply lip balm or lip cream with an SPF value of no less than 15 whenever you go out in the sun. It helps protect your skin from burns and keeps them cold sores away.
Echinacea tea is believed to strengthen the immune system and makes it harder to catch bugs, thereby supporting your body’s natural immune reaction as it fights the cold sore. Dip 1 bag of Echinacea tea in one cup boiled water for 10 minutes . Drink this tea once a day until the cold sore clears or washes off.
Honey is basically the cure to all skin problems just as much as cold sores. Honey has antiviral and antibacterial properties that can protect the cold sore against additional threats while also fighting the main virus. Apply a little honey using a cotton swab and cover the site of the cold sore completely.
Cold sore scabs can be very fragile, so avoid licking it or getting it wet if you can; take it easy and be kind to yourself. Ignore them and pretend they aren’t there because life is more than this little itchy skin allergies!