16 Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Cold Sores
Are there any home remedies to get rid of cold sores and what are they?
First, Fever blisters or “cold sores” are small red blisters that usually appear on the lips and outer edges of the mouth. They often display a clear liquid and form scabs after a few days. They are caused by the herpes virus that becomes active when something triggers them. There is no cure for cold sores, but there are remedies that will reduce the severity and frequency. They are triggered by stress, after colds, fever, exposure to the sun and stress during menstruation. Foods that contain chocolate, peanuts and other nuts, grains, peas, seeds, oatmeal and whole-wheat products should be cut out or reduced from the diet. The cold sore is preceded by tingling, burning or itching sensation, fever, and enlargement of lymph nodes close to the sores and a general feeling of malaise. Fever blisters are very unpleasant. Below we will discuss a few effective home remedies to get rid of cold sores.
16 Effective home remedies to get rid of cold sores
–The first cold sore treatment is aloe gel. When you feel the tingling, burning or itching sensation, rub juice from aloe plant on the affected area. Dab of aloe gel is effective too. Aloe will begin the healing process immediately and not allow the sore to grow.
-Apply cornstarch paste to the affected area.
-Mix a drop or two of grapefruit seed extract either with aloe or olive oil and dab it on the sore.
-Rub ice cube on the sore for 10 minutes every hour at the onset of fever blisters. This will help with inflammation and it will help prevent the movement of the virus to the skin.
-Extract of lemon balm reduces the symptoms and speeds up the healing process.
-Combine equal parts of tinctures of echinacea, calendula, oats, burdock, and lomatium. Take ½ tsp four to five times a day to soothe the inflamed tissue, remove the toxins from the body and kill the viruses and bacteria.
-Topical application of extract of mint will speed the healing of the blister.
-Drink several cups of sage tea with a dash of powdered ginger until the blisters are cleared up.
-Steep an ordinary tea bag in boiling water, cool it and then apply to the blister. The blister should disappear within few days.
-Vaseline will help to moisturize and soften blisters to prevent them from cracking and bleeding.
-Dab a drop or two of St. John’s Wort essential oil. It not only soothes, but reduces the pain and speeds up the healing process.
-Apply Witch Hazel on sores.
-Put some common salt on your moistened index finger and press it on to the sore for a minute twice a day for 2-3 days.
-Apply spirit of camphor on the sore.
-Use toothpaste to dry the fever blister.
-Hydrogen peroxide will keep the affected area dry, free of moisture and kill the bacteria that the herpes virus causes.
For a more in depth article about fever blisters and mouth sores read our article Common mouth sores explained.
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