Best Cold Sore Treatment
Best Cold Sore Treatment: Natural Cold Sore Remedy & Easily Treating Fever Blisters.
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Tomorrow is the Big Day. Everything has been planned for months. You have the perfect suit or dressed picked out.
Everyone is going to be there and you're the center of attention. It seems that the perfect day will finally happen. You wake up, look in the mirror and are horrified. Yep. A cold sore. Nothing sends more fear and panic down the spine of someone in this situation. Call it mouth blisters, lip herpes or oral herpes simplex, it's real and not fun.
What Causes Fever Blisters
Fever blisters (oral blisters) are caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus (HSV). They are small sores around the face, lips, cheeks and mouth and usually cause pain and burning at the infected site.
This is not to be confused with the herpes simplex virus 2 which are genital herpes. It's estimated that about 80 - 90% of the population is carrying the HSV-1 disease, although numbers can vary.
A lip sore is different than canker sore. I used to have these when I was a kid and they're painful, to say the least. A canker sore is a small ulcer in the inside of the lip, usually between the gum and bottom lip lining.
The stages of a cold sore and symptoms are:
- Initial tingling, numbness, or itching around the lip or another small affected area
- Progression Of A Blister - On day 2 - 4 after the initial outbreak a blister, or cluster of blisters can form
- Open Sore Rupturing - By day 4 - 5 it's in full form. The blister burst open and is very painful. Small scabs may start to form.
- Scabs - The sores will scab over but may crack and bleed a bit. It's important to not pick at them.
- Healing - By day 8 - 10 your body will start to heal itself. The scab has fallen off by now and the affected area may have a pink color to it.
Best Cold Sore Treatment
Cold sores home remedies are easy to apply and can give you the much needed fever blister relief you need. They won't cure the cold sore virus because there are simply no cures for fever blisters. For the best cold sore treatment and treating fever blisters you can try:
- Antivirals - OTC (over-the-counter) cold sore creams. Use as directed.
- Ibuprofen or Tylenol - can help alleviate pain
- Campho Phenique - helps relieve pain & itching
- Ice Pack Wrapped in a Towel - place it on the affected area
- Lemon Balm - can help speed up the healing process
- Lysine - in supplement and/or cream form
- Reduce Stress Level
- Aloe Vera
- Zinc oxide creams
- Vanilla Extract - Soak a cotton swab in vanilla and apply it to the cod sore. Do this 3 - 4 times per day until the sore is healed.
- Keep Your Hands Washed - and away from your face. NEVER pick at the sore.
- Milk - Soak a cotton ball in whole milk and apply it to the cold sore. Do this 3 - 4 times per day until the sore is healed.
- Hydrogen Peroxide - Soak a cotton ball in HP and apply it to the cold sore. Allow to sit for 3 - 5 minutes before rinsing off. It might sting a bit so be ready for that.
- Tea Tree Oil - Soak a cotton swab in Tea Tree Oil and apply it to the cold sore. Do this once per day until the sore is healed.
- Drink Echinacea Tea - one to two cups per day until the sore heals or take Echinacea supplement as directed
- Take Garlic Supplements - as directed or eat 1 - 2 cloves of crushed garlic each day
- Witch Hazel - Soak a cotton ball or swab in WH and apply it to the cold sore. Do this 1 - 2 times per day until the sore is healed.
- Baking Soda - Make the affected area high pH with baking soda. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda into a dish and add a few drops of water. Soak a cotton ball or swab in the baking soda and apply it to the cold sore. Do this 3 - 4 times per day until the sore is healed.
If your cold sore symptoms persist or get worse it's always best to consult your doctor who may have the best cold sore treatment plan for you.
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