Cold sores are very painful blister like lesions which appear on the face and inside the mouth. They are caused by viruses known as the herpes simplex viruses. The cold sore virus is extremely contagious and one contracts it either by kissing the infected person and coming in contact with the saliva or by having oral sex with a person who has genital herpes.
The sores appear in groups on the lips, cheeks, chin and even in the nostrils. They cause intense itching and burning and a lot of pain before they burst open. Other symptoms are headaches, fever, sore throat, lip swelling, swollen glands and nausea. The blisters ooze fluid and a yellow crust forms which sloughs off after some time. They can take several weeks to heal and the patient can have recurrent outbreaks. The secondary attacks are less severe than the initial infection.
Best Ways To Cure Cold Sores
The pain and burning caused by cold sores is agonizing. One cannot have a moment’s respite from the awful itching and scratching the blisters simply exacerbates the infection. Take some coconut oil and dip a cotton wad into it. Rub the oil on all the sores as frequently as possible.
The antiviral properties of coconut oil will make short work of the virus and its anti-inflammatory properties will instantly soothe the burning and itching. You should also take a teaspoon of coconut oil twice daily.
Grind some alum to a fine powder. If the blisters are wet and oozing fluid, then just sprinkle the alum powder on top of them and press the powder with a cotton bud. If the sores are dry then wet the cotton bud and dip it in the alum powder and apply it to the sores.
Though alum will increase the burning initially it will soon relieve the pain and heal the blisters very quickly. Apply the powder three times daily and keep it overnight for faster healing.
Tea Tree Oil
The sores on your lips and cheeks can make look hideous and you don’t feel like facing anyone. For a quick and effective cure, dab some tea tree oil with a cotton swab on all the blisters three or four times daily.
Tea tree oil will burn terribly but it will dry out the blisters and heal them swiftly. It will also kill the virus and will prevent future outbreaks.
Grind some neem leaves to a fine paste and apply the paste to all the sores. Keep until the paste dries then wash off with water. Apply three or four times regularly to get rid of the infection causing virus.
Neem will also put an end to the pain and itching and will heal the blisters as fast as possible. In addition to this, chew a few tender neem leaves for four days. The sores in the mouth will heal quickly and completely.
Mint is very cool and soothing. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Grind some mint leaves to a fine paste. Apply the paste on all the sores and leave it to dry. After half an hour wash away the paste. Apply every few hours for quick healing.
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