Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus, which is highly contagious and easy to spread by touching an active sore. The virus causes small and painful blisters called cold sores or fever blisters. In addition to being unsightly, they can be easily spread from person to person simply by contact with the skin.
What causes cold sores?
This common viral infection of the mouth is caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which people usually contract before they’re 20 years old. Once a person experiences the primary outbreak the virus remains “dormant” in their nerve tissues, but can reappear at any time causing these annoying blisters.
In most cases, cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which is easier to control. But there are cases of people whose cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), the same strain that causes genital herpes. In these cases the virus is transmitted through oral sex with a person infected with genital herpes.
The cold sore virus is easily spread from person to person when someone has an active sore outbreak or lesion. That’s why it’s important that you avoid direct or close contact with someone who has a cold sore, and avoid coming into contact with anything that could possibly transmit the virus, including towels, silverware, makeup, and more.
How can you stop a cold sore in just one night?
Using a simple trick of natural medicine it’s possible to get rid of a cold sore in one night. The secret lies in the properties of garlic, which acts as a natural antibiotic that can stop or slow the action of viruses, bacteria, and fungi.
Garlic contains nitrates, sodium, potassium, selenium, calcium, magnesium, silicon, hydrogen sulfide, phosphoric acid, vitamins C, D, and B, phytosterols, and essential oils. It also contains a compound known as allicin, which according to research helps cure infections quickly. In fact, many studies have found that garlic may work better than prescription medication, and it has no known side effects.
Garlic can help improve circulation and prevent cardiovascular problems. It also helps people who have diabetes, reduces cholesterol levels, fights the effects of free radicals, and can help prevent a number of other diseases.
One night’s cure to get rid of cold sores
Chop or grate a clove of garlic, then apply it directly to the cold sore. If it’s a large sore, perform this treatment several times with fresh pieces of garlic. Leave it on the sore for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. This treatment might cause itching or burning, but those symptoms will disappear in a few seconds.
In addition, garlic can reduce the overall pain caused by these sores and can eliminate the sore within hours. If it’s not completely gone, try repeating the procedure later in the day or evening.
Another option is to crush the garlic into a paste, apply it to the sore and cover it with a bandage overnight. In the morning, you can wash off the garlic and will see how much the sore has dried up.
Prevent another breakout
Finally, remember that cold sores are easily spread through the shared use of personal items. Once your sore heals, you’ll need to wash or replace your toothbrush, lipstick, lip balms, towels, etc. It’s likely that these items have been contaminated with the herpes virus, which can cause a new infection.
It’s also important that you always use a lip balm with sunscreen to prevent new outbreaks. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight, as it can cause your cold sores to return.