Also known as fever blisters, cold sores form due to a viral infection affecting the skin and the nervous system. This is usually caused by herpes virus which is transmittable by behavior and hibernates in the body till it receives a stimulus to get active. This may sometimes be confused with impetigo, which shows up between the nose and upper lip. Canker sores on the contrary are ulcers which do not spread and grows in the soft tissues of the oral cavity which are free from sore development.
Good hand washing when a cold sore is present will help prevent the spread of the infection. The drug called acyclovir (Zovirax) may help shorten the length of the outbreak. Effective management could involve using topical creams, ointments and at times drugs which belong to the antiviral category like acyclovir or famciclovir. Prompt and effective pain relief is available from paracetamol or applying witch hazel locally on the sore. This skin medication acts also as an anesthetic. Ensure having a balanced diet which is full of vitamins A, C, E, zinc and iron so that your immune system gets more powerful. It is also wise to keep away from foods which are to salty or spicy or which encourage acidity and drinks which can further provoke the sores.
To prevent, make your diet plan without salty or spicy foods. Stop or go moderate on foods like chocolates, peanuts, grains, peas, seeds, oatmeal and whole-wheat rich in arginine. Your focus should be a diet high in vitamin content and saying no to tea and coffee.
Take some ice and rub it on the sore for a few minutes and do this again every hour and this is one of the very effective home remedies for the management of cold sores. You may even use tea bags on the sore area for a few minutes and then doing it over again every hour. You can also consider pressing a warm tea bag on the blisters for approximately 30 minutes.
Witch hazel application on sores can yield very satisfactory relief. Sun can also induce cold sores so when outdoors take care by using sunscreen on the lips to prevent another outbreak.
Help from coconut oil: mix the following ingredients 100ml of coconut oil, 2ml of disinfectant, and 3ml of carbolic acid. While some people recommend this for boils and mosquito bites, for cold sores apply this 2 times daily directly on the cold sores.
One of the most effective home remedies for cold sores is using tea tree oil as a drink with herbal sage and violet. Take a cup of boiling water and put in all these ingredients mixed with some sage leaves and ginger powder. For guaranteed vanishing of the cold sores in a matter of a couple of days, try drinking this 2 to 3 times a day.
If nothing seems to be working for you, try 3 acidophilus pills twice a day in the morning and evening for rapid action. When sores bother you often try taking 2 pills a day. Though this list of home remedies for cold sores is not complete, but many of the frequently used methods nevertheless.
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