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Cold Sores Home Remedy

Signs and Symptoms of Cold Sores

Cold Sores Home Remedy

Cold Sores, sometimes also known as Fever Blisters, are small blisters that usually appear around the outside of your lips or mouth, and occasionally on your nose or cheeks. They are often very itchy and tend to cause a stinging sensation. They typically last for 7 to 10 days, and they sometimes ooze fluid or form a yellow colored crust. Cold sores are very common, with about 20 to 40 percent of the population experiencing cold sores at least once in their lifetime.

Some people experience a sense of tiredness or fatigue one or two days before the recurrence of a cold sore. Others feel a tingling or numbness at the site of the future outbreak. Although there is no cure once a cold sore develops, the home remedies listed below can help to ease the pain and discomfort that is often associated with them.

Causes of Cold Sores

Cold Sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). Once you have been exposed to this virus you are infected for life. Infection usually occurs when the virus enters through small breaks in the skin, possibly at the site of injury small cracks in the skin.

If you have the virus, cold sores can develop due to a variety of reasons:

  • Emotional and physical stress
  • Colds or other respiratory infections
  • Exposure to the sun or wind without protection
  • Hormone changes such as during menstruation
Since cold sores are contagious, you should avoid direct contact with other persons during the period when the blisters are developing. You should also avoid touching your eyes or genital area unless you have first washed your hands thoroughly. Oral sex should be avoided when cold sores are present, as this can transmit the infection.

Home Remedies and Natural Treatments for Cold Sores

Cold Sores Home Remedy Using Whole Milk

A compress using whole milk can help ease the pain associated with a cold sore, as well as help to speed up the healing process.

  • Let a glass of whole milk sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  • Soak a cloth into the milk and place the compress onto the cold sore.
  • Keep the compress on the cold sore for 10 minutes
  • Remove the compress and rinse the milk to avoid a sour smell.

Cold Sores Home Remedy Using Lysine

Lysine is an amino acid that counteracts arginine, which is another amino acid that is used by the Herpes Simplex Virus to replicate itself. Therefore, for people that experience frequent cold sores (more than 2 or 3 per year), lysine supplements of 2000 to 3000mg per day are recommended in order to inhibit the virus. Lysine supplments can be found in most health food stores.

It is also recommended that you limit your intake of foods that are high in arginine, such as chocolate, cereals, cashews, peanuts, cola, beer, and foods containing gelatin.

Natural Treatment for Cold Sores Using Ice

Ice cubes are a great way to ease the pain associated with a cold sore. Simply rub an ice cube directly onto the cold sore for a few minutes when it first begins to appear. Repeat this every 10 minutes for about an hour or so.

Using Aloe Vera as a Remedy for Cold Sores

The juice from an aloe plant can help ease the pain from a cold sore. Simply rub aloe juice directly onto the infected area for some fast relief. Aloe gels can also be used instead of fresh aloe juice.

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Comments

  1. on said:

    I'm a man of 21yrs nd i do normally experience cold sores for atleast 4 times a year,but i thought that its because of d country where i find myself.I'm in d tropical world.

  2. on said:

    I just purchased some curasore from Iherb. Gonna give that a try the next time I have an outbreak. I also use lysine daily, 2000mg.

  3. on said:

    Cold sores are typically a manifestation of the non-curable herpes simplex virus. But you can easily get rid or them forever through natural remedies. garlic has great antiviral properties which people can use to get relief from a cold sore.Click here for more : http://coldsoresfreeforever.uni.me/

    Cut up the garlic into smaller cloves, place one of the cold sore, this should make the cold sore recede then completely destroy it. The great thing about using garlic for this is that it doesn’t sting the person or make them want to scratch it; this will provide a source of relief when it comes to getting rid of the cold sore.

  4. on said:

    Well, I will add that sea vegetables-Dulse! It contains polysaccharides & is proven (along with the iodine) to kill off the virus & stop outbreaks altogether. Sea vegetables can be found at your local grocery stores. Look up the information & remember if you have any existing thyroid problems consult your doctor first prior to eating Dulse. It is very good for everyone. Be happy,well & comfy!!!

  5. on said:

    I've had the coldsore virus for as long as I can remember (I'm 26 and I currently have one, hence why I've been Googling ha ha). At times, it's gotten so bad that it'll spread over half of my lip and make me ashamed to be seen in public. Here are some of the things I do to help reduce the severity (NB, everyone is different, they may or may not work for you!):

    - No Abreva/Zovirax/etc. I was buying those by the tube and usually using the whole tuber per cold sore (expensive if you get them as frequently as I do). You can do any of the below to help with the severity and it costs a fraction of the OTC treatments.
    - Lysine. Keep a packet in your kit and take 2000mg every 2 hours for day 1 & 2, 1500mg day 3, 1000mg day 4 etc.

  6. on said:

    Carmex works the best out of anything I've tried. Not one outbreak since I've been using it.
    http://www.loodibee.com/carmex-the-cold-sore-remedy-that-works/

  7. on said:

    I take 2,000 mg 3 times daily when I feel the first tingle. I have good success with concurrent use of Abreva. Also, if Abreva is not available or in conjunction with it, then I use Melaleuca gel(tea tree oil) and cortisone cream. Combined effort can either keep the sore from progressing from the tingle or at least stopping the sore in 3 days. AVOID KISSING anyone with a cold sore until even the scab is gone. I do also want to reiterate the above warnings: "Since cold sores are contagious, you should avoid direct contact with other persons during the period when the blisters are developing. You should also avoid touching your eyes or genital area unless you have first washed your hands thoroughly (ESP in the morning when you may have inadvertently touched the sore during sleep. Oral sex (BY EITHER PARTNER) should be avoided when cold sores are present, as this can transmit the infection.

  8. on said:

    I have been getting the same coldsores for a year straight. Right in the middle of my top lip and the corners of my mouth. I have tried Lysine, Abreva, aloe , garlic nothing works. And as soon as I get them finally healed up. Within a week I feel the burn in the middle of my lip and then they are back. I am going crazy???? What REAL remedy WORKS????

  9. on said:

    I use Releve and they are gone in about 3 days

  10. on said:

    I have used Lysine for years for cold sores. I take 2,000 mg 3 times daily when I feel the first tingle. By day 2 I reduce it to 2 times daily for 2 days, then 1,000 mg daily for 4 more days to make sure it is gone. Usually by the end of day 3 it is gone, but I like to be sure.


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