Cold sore is a tiny white blister around your lips or the corners of your mouth. Cold sores are oral herpes, an infection caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1. HSV-1 is transmitted through oral secretions or sores on the skin and can be spread through kissing or sharing objects such as toothbrushes or eating utensils. A cold sore typically begins with u tingling sensation on a spot on your lip. Within the next forty-eight hours, a blister appeals on the spot, and over it few days, it swells, bursts, oozes fluid, and crusts. Try cold sore home remedies to get rid of cold sores fast.
Cold sore natural remedies
Cold sores generally clear up within a week to ten days. Cold sore outbreaks can be triggered by stress, sunlight, menstruation, and fatigue.
Foods containing lysine help heal cold sore, while foods rich in arginine bring on and exacerbate cold sores. Foods rich in arginine include beer, chocolate, cola, gelatin, nuts, peas and wholegrain cereals.
To prevent the outbreak of chronic cold sores or speed healing during an outbreak, eat two to three cups of non-fat yogurt daily. The probiotics (lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria) in the yogurt help fight off the herpes virus. Yogurt also contains high amounts of lysine, an amino acid that inhibits the virus.
To relieve the pain and inflammation of a cold sore, dab some fresh cut aloe vera or aloe vera gel on the sore several times a day. Aloe vera gel helps heal and moisturize damaged skin.
To soothe a cold sore, mix one teaspoon corn starch with enough water to make a paste, and apply it to the sore. Repeat whenever needed. The absorbent cornstarch helps dry out the sore.
Drinking buttermilk helps heal and prevent cold sores. Buttermilk contains the amino acid lysine, which impedes the virus.
Once a cold sore dries up and scabs, use a cotton swab to dab some petroleum jelly on the lesion. The lubricant prevents the cold sore from cracking and bleeding. Use a fresh cotton swab each time you dip into the jar of petroleum
jelly to avoid transmitting the virus from the open sore into the jelly.
To prevent a cold sore from forming, as soon as you feel the tingling or throbbing sensation that signals an oncoming cold sore, place an ice cube in a storage bag, wrap a paper napkin around the bag, and hold it against the spot until you feel discomfort from the ice. Take a short break, and then reapply the ice. Repeat for fifteen to thirty minutes. Cold impedes viruses and the ice can stop the cold sore in its tracks.
To prevent a cold sore from materializing. the moment you feel it emerging. press a Lipton Tea Bag dampened with warm water against the spot for ten minutes. The tannin in the tea soothes inflammation and dries the skin. If the cold sure does break out, repeat frequently to reduce the cold sore severity and duration.
Wearing lip balm with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more can reduce the frequency of cold sores.
A member of the mint family, this potent herb has been used for centuries to reduce anxiety and stress, common triggers for cold-sore flare-ups. Steep 2 to 4 teaspoons of crushed lemon balm in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes. Allow the “tea” to cool and dab it on your cold sore with cotton balls throughout the day.
Keep your hands clean
If you touch a cold sore, wash your hands immediately with a hand sanitizer to prevent spreading the highly contagious virus to another spot on your body or to another person. To avoid spreading the virus, refrain from touching the cold sore, kissing anyone, or sharing drinking glasses or eating utensils.
Another tea that’s shown to be effective at combating cold sores, green tea is rich in an antioxidant called epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, which is thought to have antiviral properties. Drink two to three cups of green tea per day, or apply green tea compresses on a cold sore, to get high levels of EGCG.
To alleviate cold symptoms drink a cup of strongly brewed ginger tea every two or three hours. Ginger relieves nasal congestion and reduces sore throat pain.
Do not drink ginger tea if you have gallstones. Ginger can increase bile production.
Garlic powder and honey
To strengthen your immune system and fight a virus, mix one teaspoon garlic powder with applesauce, honey, or yogurt, and eat the tangy food. Garlic doubles as an antibiotic.
Thyme leaves and peppermint tea
To decongest your sinuses, place three teaspoons thyme leaves and three peppermint tea bags into a large bowl and carefully add two cups of boiling water Lean over the bowl and drape a towel like a tent over your head and the bowl. Inhale the rising steam for ten minutes, keeping your face roughly ten inches above the surface of the water. Repeat whenever needed. Thyme doubles as an antiseptic, and peppermint contains mint, a natural decongestant.
To soothe cold symptoms and make yourself feel nurtured, have a bowl of chicken soup. Scientific studies verify that chicken soup, nicknamed “Jewish penicillin,” stops specific white blood cells called neutrophils from causing the
inflammation that triggers the body to produce large amounts of mucus.
Mustard powder and honey
To loosen congestion in your chest, mix one-quarter teaspoon mustard powder and two tablespoons honey, and swallow the mixture.
Do not feed honey to infants less than one year of age
To help kill the virus giving you the cold symptoms, set hair dryer on warm, hold the nozzle eighteen inches from your face, and inhale the warm air through your nose for twenty minutes. A 1989 study conducted at Harvard Hospital in Salisbury, England, demonstrated that patients with colds who breathed heated humidified air reduced their symptoms in half.
Spread mustard on your chest and cover with a wash cloth dampened with warm water. Let sit for fifteen minutes and wash clean. The penetrating warmth from the mustard plaster thins the mucus in your chest.
Horseradish and cracker
To break through congestion, eat one teaspoon horseradish spread on a cracker. Horseradish is a scientifically proven decongestant,
To clear congestion from your nose and sinuses, fill a large bowl with boiling water and add three chamomile tea bags. Wearing a towel over your head to form a tent over the bowl, hold your face close to the steaming tea for ten minutes. Keep a box of tissues nearby to blow your nose repeatedly.
Honey and Lemon
To assuage a sore throat brought on by a cold. dissolve three teaspoons of honey and one-teaspoon of lemon juice in a cup of boiled water and drink. As a mild antiseptic, honey soothes the irritation, and the astringent lemon juice reduces the inflammation.
To soothe sore throat pain caused by a cold, mix ten drops pepper Sauce in a glass of water and gargle with the spicy solution, The capsicum in the pepper sauce numbs the throat.
Pepper sauce and tomato juice
To help clear sinuses and raise your body temperature to fight off the virus, add ten to twenty drops of pepper sauce to a glass of tomato juice, and drink this mixture several times a day. The hot Sauce doubles as a decongestant.
Lavender oil ointment
Lavender oil ointment works very well with burns, chapped lips and cold sores.
Ingredients: 4 tsp olive oil, 3-4 tsp beeswax, 3 tsp cocoa butter, 2 tsp lanolin, 10 drops Vitamin E oil or squeeze out the contents of 4-5 vitamin E Capsules, 15 drops lavender oil.
Recipe: Combine olive oil, beeswax, cocoa butter and lanolin in the top of a double boiler. Enamel is the best. If you don’t have a double boiler place a glass bowl on top of a pan. Boil the water in the pan and prepare the ointment in the bowl above. As soon as the ingredients melt and mix together remove from heat. Add the vitamin E oil, essential oil and beat well. Pour into little jars and allow to cool before covering with lids. Store in the refrigerater and use to get rid of cold sores.