Introduction to cold sores
Cold sores are small and painful blisters that are filled with fluid and usually occur around the mouth area, especially, on the lips, gums and roof of the mouth.
They are highly contagious and a person needs to avoid direct contact with other people when a cold sore appears so they do not spread the infection.
When a person has a cold sore, they will probably experience some tingling and pain, but these sensations will not be too extreme.
They generally last for about a week before retreating and they are often confused with canker sores, which are not the same. Cankers are more painful and they are ulcers in the soft tissue of the mouth or tongue.
There are numerous natural remedies that can be used to treat cold sores.
Lysine is an essential amino acid, which means that the body does not make it on its own and it needs to be ingested through food or supplements. The best place to get lysine is from red meat, milk, eggs, cheese and fish.
People can also use lysine ointment to put directly on the cold sore and it has proven to be effective in treating the sores.
Peppermint oil can also be used to treat cold sores, because it can penetrate the skin and work to get rid of the herpes simplex virus that causes the cold sore. It also has been shown to be useful for developing resistance to the virus that causes cold sores.
Propolis is a home remedy that has been used for many years in treating all kinds of problems. It works actively against the virus that causes cold sores as well and blocks the virus from entering the body.
Lemon balm has antiviral properties that will help to promote the healing of blisters in about a week. It has also been shown that people who use lemon balm regularly can prevent recurrences of cold sores.
Reishi is a type of mushroom that has been used for centuries in Asian medicine and helps to make the immune system stronger.
It has shown promise in preventing the virus that causes cold sores from spreading.
Another Chinese herb that is effective is astragalus, which can also improve the way the immune system is functioning and help get rid of cold sores.
Resveratol is a compound that is found in red grapes and it has shown in clinic studies to be effective in killing of the virus that causes cold sores.
There is a resveratol cream available on the market that can be applied directly to the cold sore in order to heal the skin.