Cold Sores are really horrible because not only are they ugly but also are painful. Most people already know that these cold sores are caused by the herpes virus, so let us just get over the science behind it and focus on what they actually are and how to cure/manage them.
Cold sores are small fluid filled lesions, they pop up around the lips. The blisters when they break forms sores and crusts. Though herpes don’t have an absolute cure, there are several natural preventive measures to lessen the outbreak and severity. If you want to know the causes for this disease then check out http://www.hsvoutbreak.com/what-causes-herpes-outbreaks. This article is about the ten effective home remedies for cold sores caused due to herpes.
Licorice is one of the most commonly used natural remedies for cold sores. The active chemical component in licorice which lessens the outbreak is Glycyrhizic acid (present in licorice root). Several studies have conclusively proved that this chemical in licorice is effective in stopping the virus and preventing the symptoms. Licorice is anti-inflammatory as well as anti-viral, therefore it is a complete home remedy for cold sores. You can also consume licorice in the form of warm tea, however topical treatment is the most effective form of home treatment.
Take 1 tablespoon of licorice powder and mix it with 1/2 tsp of fresh water. Gently dab a thin layer of this mixture (using a cotton swab) over the sore. Leave it on for a few hours
2. Change Your Toothbrush Frequently:
Toothbrush is considered to be one of the most effective carriers of this virus, an infected toothbrush can trigger a new outbreak. Using the same toothbrush you used while a outbreak can trigger the symptoms again. So after every outbreak, keep changing the toothbrush frequently.
3. Organic Whole Milk Compress:
Putting an organic whole milk compress on the sore can speed up the healing process. It also alleviates the pain. Milk contains a particular kind of protein known as immunoglobulins; these are anti-bodies and fights a variety of virus strains effectively. Use a cotton ball, dip it in the organic whole milk and apply it directly over the cold sores. Use a clean moist towel to clean it off later.
4. Hydrogen peroxide
This is one of the most effective home remedies, and people have been using this treatment for a long time now. This can be painful and unpleasant, however it is the most effective way to disinfect the sores. Effective disinfection means faster healing. Soak a cotton ball in 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and place it directly on the sore spots. Leave it on for 5 minutes and then rinse off.
5. Peppermint Oil
There is very little research on the medicinal benefits of this oil, however it is widely believed that Peppermint oil is antiviral and can effectively kill the virus (on topical application). When applied directly to a cold sore, people have often found that the sore healed faster than normal.
Echinacea tea when consumed regularly is effective against cold sores. Echinacea improves the immune system.
7. Indian Gooseberries
Indian gooseberries are a rich source of vitamin C and several important anti-oxidants. Vitamin C has been shown to boost WBC count in our body. The white blood corpuscles are the natural defenders of our body and they fight against most viruses efficiently. The Indian immune supplement Chayavanprash is made using several herbs (major component is Indian gooseberry), and you can get this supplements all round the year.
Turmeric is often called as the queen of herbs, and is an effective anti-viral agent. Several Indian herbal skin care products are made using turmeric. Add 1/2 teaspoon of water to 1 table spoon organic turmeric powder. Make a paste and apply it on the sores. It is one of the most effective home remedies for cold sores.
9. Aloe Vera gel
Aloe vera gel can provide instant relief from the pain of a cold sore. Using freshly extracted gel from the leaf is more effective than packed gels. Apply the gel directly on the cold sores and leave it on overnight.
10. Be Prepared
It goes without saying that this disease has no cure in Allopathy, however you can prevent the cold sores from flaring up by using these home remedies. The moment you get the feeling of those tingling sensations that precedes cold sores, start the above mentioned preventive treatments in those areas.
If you have acquired this disease then it effectively means that you have to fight it forever, the above mentioned remedies can help you in fighting/managing this disease.