A cold sore is not welcome on your face, or anywhere else, for that matter. Not only are they cosmetically unappealing, they can be downright painful. Cold sores are caused by a form of the Herpes Simplex Virus known as HSV-1. They exhibit as painful ulcers around the mouth and lips. Cold sores are also called fever blisters and are very common. They can break open, ooze, and crust over, lasting for around seven to 10 days. Those seven to 10 days can be brutal, but you may find comfort in home remedies and natural treatments.
Here are the top home remedies to get rid of cold sores:
The cold sore as soon as you feel it forming. Repeat the application regularly. The herpes virus requires a moist, warm environment to grow. Cool the sore and keep it from warming back up to prevent it from growing bigger and to speed up healing.
A member of the mint family, may help reduce the healing time of a blister and prevent future outbreaks. Most research suggests using a lemon based lip balm. As an alternative, a compress made of a lemon balm infusion (tea) may provide similar benefits.
The real, good, pure, vanilla extract, is a natural cold sore remedy some people swear by. Soak cotton pad or swab in vanilla until thoroughly saturated. Apply directly to sore, holding the swab or pad in place for a minute or so. Do this four times daily until no longer needed. If you do use vanilla, try and get it organic, and try to start using it the second you feel the tingling set it.
Covering a cold sore with petroleum jelly will speed healing and help protect it from secondary infection with bacteria.
Soak a cotton ball in milk and apply it to the sore to relieve pain. Better yet, if you feel the tell-tale tingling before the cold sore surfaces, go straight to the cold milk. It can help speed the healing right from the beginning.
Garlic: Garlic is naturally antimicrobial and can be applied directly to cold sores to reduce swelling, speed healing. The easiest way to apply garlic to cold sores is to purchase garlic paste, and apply as needed. Another method is to slice fresh garlic and hold a piece against the cold sore until it stops stinging.
Soak a cotton ball in 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Use more if you feel it isn’t saturated enough. Place the cotton ball directly on your sore (it’s probably going to sting) and hold it there for a few seconds, or dab it around. Let it be for 5 minutes or so, allowing it to do its job, before rinsing off.
Rub a little vicks on the area when you first feel the tingling sign of a cold sore to prevent further development of blister.
Peppermint oil is thought to have properties that directly kill virus particles outside of your cells, like the ones floating around an erupted cold sore. First, use a bit of water to rinse the surface of the cold sore. Doing so gets away some of the surface gunk that would make it harder for the oil to really sink in and do its best. Then, dip a cotton swab in clean water and then dip it into the peppermint oil. This is to dilute it a bit, making it less likely to irritate your skin. Try this twice daily until it is no longer needed.
Let us all have a word of fact- You have a virus that will never go away completely until a true cure is found for herpes simplex. That being said, your world does not have to come to a crashing halt when a sore pops up. Use common sense, try to get to it in the beginning, and patiently treat it, keeping in mind that the remedy that works best for you will probably take some trial and error.