How to Get Rid Of Cold Sores
Cold sores are caused by the virus called herpes simplex. This virus lies dormant in some of the nerve cells of the body and when the person is under stress or anxious or gets a cold, it gets activated. Sores which are painful are formed and they last from 7 to 14 days. Cold sores can be highly contagious.
How to get rid of cold sores by reducing stress Reduce your stress levels and see the cold sores disappear. Learn to relieve stress through your favorite means like yoga or meditation. It is also important to stay out from the sun. And it is important to use SPF with a value of at least ten when you do go outside.
Tips on how to get rid of cold sores As cold sores are extremely contagious, it is important not to touch infected areas. In fact it is actually possible to infect yourself all over again in another part of the body. Therefore it is important not to pick or scratch and even more important to wash your hands after touch yourself so that the infection is not spread to anybody else or even to another part of your own body.
During the duration of the infection, you must not share your utensils like glasses or spoons and plates, or any other personal items with others to reduce the chances of infecting other people. Use a fresh tooth brush after your infection runs out. Keep toothbrushes dry as moisture can harbor unwanted germs and bacteria.
There are some protective ointments available over the counter which can be used to prevent cold sores from forming. However, to be effective, these should be used as soon as you feel a tingling sensation on your lip, as this is one of the first signs of a cold setting in.
Using an ice cube is also a well-known remedy. You can use the ice cube directly over the infected areas. Although a little uncomfortable, you may get good results. Use the cube till it has melted away, after which you can pat it dry.
How to get rid of cold sores using natural remedies The gelatinous, sticky sap of the aloe vera has long been renowned for its healing properties. Used as a moisturizer, aloe vera can help to keep the skin around the mouth elastic and avoid painful cracks, when you get cold sores.
Tea tree, lemon balm and Echinacea are said to have a healing effect on cold sores. They may not be able to treat the sores totally but are very effective in relieving pain. Tea tree oil also has some antiseptic qualities which prevents the infection from getting spread to other areas.
Taking the intake of vitamin C is helpful to prevent the outbreak of the virus. Vitamin E can be applied to the sores which gives a lot of relief from pain. This vitamin is generally good for the skin and also prevents the skin from cracking.