By applying a layer of petroleum jelly to the affected area, we keep it safe from bacteria and speed up the healing process.
Cold sores are an outbreak caused by the Herpes simplex type 1 virus, which is generally contracted through kissing and close contact with a person who has an active outbreak. Once infected with the herpes virus, it remains in the body for life. Outbreaks can be triggered by fever, infection, stress, sunburn and food allergies.
According to information from the web portal, MedLine Plus, almost everyone has contracted the herpes virus by the time they reach adulthood. The outbreak generally occurs in five phases: tingling, blistering, draining, crusting and healing. The last phase is the most contagious, when the blister bursts and the fluid drains. Of course it’s best to stop outbreaks before they occur during the first phase. However, if it’s already blistering, there are lots of home remedies that can help you fight this problem and heal cold sores quickly.
Cover your cold sore
Many people make the mistake of covering the cold sore with makeup. However, this may slow healing and prolong the blister. Instead of using makeup, you should apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to keep it safe from bacteria and speed up the healing process. Also, try to wear sunscreen when you’re outside to prevent further damage.
There are many balms on the market containing docosanol, which acclerates the healing process. If you’re exposed to wind or live in an arid climate, use a lip balm to prevent blisters from forming.
Foods that fight cold sores
On the other hand, foods that contain an amino acid called arginine can actually be favorable to the virus. Arginine can be found in chocolate, peanuts, dried fruits, and almonds.
If you already have a cold sore, place a black tea bag directly on the sore and rub gently for several minutes. This remedy reduces pain and helps the blister heal.
Garlic is well known for its antimicrobial properties that fight a large number of viruses. To fight a cold sore, cut a clove of garlic in half and place directly on the outbreak.
Milk, as we mentioned earlier, contains lysine, an amino acid that speeds the healing of cold sores. Simply submerge a cotton ball in milk and apply directly to the cold sore. This remedy is best used at the first signs of an outbreak.
Tomatoes and aloe vera
For daily cleansing, apply tomato juice for a few minutes followed by aloe vera. Aloe contains many ingredients that are very healthy for the skin and can quickly help dry up a blister.
Limes possess antibacterial and antiviral properties that can help fight cold sores. To receive their benefits, simply apply a few drops of the juice directly to the affected area three times a day.
Honey and vinegar
Both honey and vinegar possess anitviral properties that fight cold sores. Mix a tablespoon of honey with a little vinegar and apply directly to the sore with a cotton ball.
Prevention and care
It’s very important to dispose of toothbrushes, towels or any items that have come into contact with an active cold sore. It’s likely that they are contaminated with the virus and later use could cause new blisters. If possible, avoid reusing cups, forks or other dirty items. Keep hand sanitizer available to clean hands and eliminate bacteria and viruses.