Cold sores appear on the mouth, lips and area around the lips. These are very painful and it is very difficult to deal with the cold sores when the infection is increased. This is a serious problem and has the higher risk of nervous system infection. The cold sores occur due to the virus naming herpes simplex virus. Now I guess question arise on your mind that How do you get cold sores? Or from where they attacks on you?
Basically herpes simplex virus ( HSV-1) is name of virus that is responsible for this disease . These sores are contagious because of HSV-1virus that is main cause of these sores spread directly, HSV-1 can also be spread by sharing a cup, eating utensils, or lip balm or lipstick with someone who has it. Another question surely strikes in your mind that how long do cold sores last? Usually cold sores last from few hours or up to a day or so. But when you treat these sores properly you can easily shorten the duration of these sores.
What are the Causes of Cold Sores:
The most common cause of sores around the mouth is due to herpes simplex type 1,
and herpes simplex type 2. Cold sore is caused by and herpes simplex type 1.
Below mention some triggers:
- An injury to the affected area
- Deep sadness or upset
- Stress, Fatigue and tension
- Intense sunlight
- Exposure to wind
- Sudden change in immune system
What are the Symptoms of Cold Sores:
Tingling and itching:
Many people feel burning, itching and tingling sensation over your lips after onwards small, painful and hard spots start appearing.
This kind of spot filled with fluids. These can occur around the nose and on the cheeks.
Oozing and crusting:
When more than two blisters burst together.
10 Effective Ways to Get Rid of Cold Sores:
There is not particular cure for it but one can get rid of cold sore with the home remedies.
Vanilla is the flavor extracted from the orchid plant. It has the great taste as well as has the great medicinal properties and is used as home remedy for the cure of cold sores.How to apply it:
Take few drops of pure vanilla extract on the cotton swap and apply it on the cold sore for few seconds and repeat this process for the 5-6 times daily. This will not make the virus to cause more infections as well as will help in healing the skin from the sores.
Sea salt consists of such minerals which doesn’t let the growth of viruses. It also speeds up the process of healing from the sores.
How to apply it:
Take one tablespoon of sea salt and dilute it with water. Apply it on the cold sores with the help of cotton balls. It will cause itching on the wounds but regular use of it will help cover the wounds fast.
Tea tree oil has the anti bacterial and anti-viral properties and it reduces the inflammation and infection of scar to the half within one night.
How to apply it:
You can apply the tea tree oil with the help of cotton balls on the infected area. But don’t forget to dilute it with some water drops if you have the sensitive skin.
It is known as the natural astringent to the skin. It helps in healing the scars, wounds, broken skin quickly and provides the relief from the pain. Yet, is very beneficial remedy to get rid of cold sore, but not for those who has the sensitive skin. As it burn out the skin and increase the sore. So apply it carefully after testing its reaction to your skin in other part of body.
How to apply it:
Once you confirmed that it will not hazard your skin then apply it with cotton balls and repeat its use at least two times a day.
Peppermint possesses the anti-virus properties and it can kill the viruswhich causes the cold sores. When you find that your skin is getting infected with the cold sore then start using it as peppermint doesn’t allow the virus to divide and increase the infection.
How to apply it:
Dilute the peppermint with water and apply on the infected area thrice a day. You will see the positive results with the regular use of it.
Rubbing alcohol is beneficial in case of cold sore as it counter the effects of viruscausing the cold sores. It also protects the skin from the further contamination.
How to apply it:
Take the few drops of rubbing alcohol in the cotton balls and put it in the skin of face. Keep it there for few minutes. And repeat the process. Buy the 70% solution of rubbing alcohol for the better results.
In this technique wrap an ice cube in a clean cloth and place over your infected area. Ice is a good source that reduces the swelling, redness, and pain caused by a cold sore.
Acetone Nail Polish Remover:
O.M.G………… your reaction for this method is this right. But it’s true, believe it or not. With the help of cotton balls apply acetone nail polish remover on the cold sore. This may surely protect you from cold sores.
Garlic has an antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents that helps to cure cold sores. Cut a garlic clove and crush them. Apply crushed garlic on your infected area and leave it for 10-15 minutes.
Mil contains immunoglobulins that inhibit the growth of virus that is responsible for cold sore. Simply soak cotton in cold milk, apply over your infected area for 10 minutes and see the results.
Lysine:From the result of various studies it found that lysine is effective on cold sores.
You can take 1000 to 1500 mg L-Lysine supplements or also used creams over your infected area.
Hydrogen Peroxide:Hydrogen Peroxide is effective disinfecting and responsible for drying up your sores. Only you have to dip your cotton ball in 3% hydrogen peroxide and apply on cold sores then leave it for few seconds until you feel dryness.
Licorice root has an active ingredient called glycyrrhizin which has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.
Mix one tablespoon of licorice root powder with water and apply over ypur cold sores with the help of cotton balls.
Such as Aciclovir and Penciclovir creams are usful to stop your virus to multiply. These cream do not cure you properly but prevent them from getting worse
Such as valaciclovir . These medications are prescribed mainly in case of severe attacks or for newborn babies.
This treatment also known as photodynamic therapy. In this treatment electric lights is passed inside an infected area and believe me it works well.
How to prevent from spreading?
- Do not make skin contact with other people as there are high chances of spreading.
- Avoid sharing things, such as towels, lipstick, lip balm, cutlery, etc.
- Do not Hug or kiss other people
- Do not touch your sores, if you mistakenly touch them immediately wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes and genital area as these areas are susceptible to spreading of the virus.
- Avoid acidic and spicy foods.