Cold sores are commonly called as fever blisters. They are usually found on the lips especially on the sides. A cold sore is normally small in size and red in color. It has clear translucent liquid inside. The sore turns into a blister within a couple of days if left untreated.
What Causes Cold Sores?
A type of herpes virus is the main cause of cold sores. All living things carry the herpes virus on their bodies. However, the virus stays in dormant form unless it comes in contact with a trigger. Some types of foods, especially nuts as well as wheat products, are what act as triggers for the herpes virus to become activated. The cold sores usually make an appearance after extreme exposure to the sun, or a cold accompanied with fever. In women, beginning of menstrual cycle can result in cold sores.
What Are The Symptoms Of Cold Sores?
Cold sores are accompanied with other symptoms such as itching and burning sensation on the skin, fever and expansion of lymph nodes. Cold sores also make a person lethargic.
Home Remedies For Cold Sores
Medical science has so far found no permanent cure for cold sores. They cannot be prevented from occurring but it is possible to treat them. Treatment for cold sores should begin immediately to arrest them from spreading further. There are some very effective home remedies for cold sores.
This is the simplest of home remedies for cold sores and can be easily done. However, avoid the treatment in winters lest you fall sick with cold. Take a medium-sized zip-lock bag of plastic and fill it with ice cubes.
Place the bag over affected areas for not more than 10 seconds at a time. Perform the treatment as many number of times in a day as possible. Ice will help reduce the size of the sores as well as take care of the redness.
Aloe Vera Gel
Take a fresh aloe vera leaf and peel off its green skin. Rub the white gel-like substance on the areas affected with cold sores. In fact, if you suffer from cold sores regularly then you must make aloe vera gel part of your daily skin care routine.
This may not prevent the cold sores from occurring but will definitely reduce their appearance.
Warm olive oil a bit and use clean fingers to rub the oil over areas affected with cold sores. Extra virgin olive oil is better at providing relief from pain and discomfort of the sores than virgin olive oil.
People who regularly experience cold sores must rub olive oil daily on the area most likely to be affected with sores.
Cornstarch paste is great for providing immediate relief from itching and burning that accompanies cold sores. Make a paste of cornstarch by mixing two teaspoons of the powder with water. Spread the paste over the affected areas. Re-apply the paste once the previous application dries. You can also add a little olive oil to the paste in order to prolong the drying of the paste.