Home remedies cold sores

Cold sores are generally caused by HSV-1 virus. It is different from the virus that causes genital herpes.

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After the virus appears, cold sores appear after 3 to 10 days and may last for about 5 weeks. The virus then settles down permanently in the body. Slowly but steadily, it moves into the nervous system and then close to the lips. It will continue to remain there till it is intimated by a fever or a cold or menstruation or even exposure to the sun or wind. Cold sores are very common in adults and they are also contagious.
In a recent survey, it has been established that children between the age of 10 to 15 carry this harmful virus. Home remedies for cold sores are very useful and easy. There are said to be 6 stages of development of the cold sore. In the first stage, sore is not to be seen anywhere. But, itching will be there in some area where the sore is going to be developed. Stage 2 witnesses swelling of the affected area. The first signs of blisters appear at stage 3. Stage 4 is painful and may come on the fourth day. Stage 5 also is similar to the 4th day. Stage 6 comes on around the 10th day and it leaves the sore slightly swollen.

  • Let us see some of the common home remedies for cold sores one by one:-

Usage of Echinacea which is a immune booster can help. Consuming 1 drop every day for a period of 3 days will help to keep cold sores at bay.

  • Usage of lemon balms is said to be a good idea. Lemon balm contains a high percentage of polyphenols. It can either be applied in balm form or in cream form. It can also be brewed as a tea and consumed internally.
  • Olive leaf extract has several ayurvedic properties and it can be used as a common home remedy for cold sores.
  • L-Lysine is a vaccine which is sued popularly. It is used to fight cold sore. It is more effective and faster than the other forms of home remedies available. By consuming 500 mg twice a day, cold sores can be driven away.
  • Vitamin B is highly important in healing cold sores. Any medicine which is rich in providing vitamin B is said to be a good medicine for cold sores.
  • This method is one of the quickest home remedies for cold sores. This method is however painful. Take a pinch of salt and apply it over the cold sore. Although it may be very painful, it is the fastest way of curing from cold sores.
  • Garlic has always been argued to have medical values. Cut a piece of garlic and apply it over the cold sore. There is a compound in garlic which is used for healing cold sores.
  • Garlic capsules are commonly available in the market. Taking 2 garlic capsules in a day will help to avoid cold sores or cure them.

Thus, the home remedies for cold sores have been seen in detail

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