Although cold sores or oral herpes isn’t curable, there are simple remedies that will help relieve pain and shortens its duration of attack considerably. That involves using easily available products that provide fast pain relief. For best results, as soon as you detect the signs of an approaching cold sore attack, employ these cold sore home remedies and your oral herpes’ attack will never be severe:
- Boost your body immunity by eating a balanced diet
Stress and low body immunity make you susceptible to frequent cold sore. Therefore while undergoing a stressful period; eating healthy meals will increase your body immunity. As a result, you stand a better chance of fighting the herpes simplex virus.
Specifically, you should emphasize on eating fresh vegetables and fruits which includes：
- Brussels sprout
Such foods supplement your body with vitamin C for fighting infections and having a healthy skin.
- Cold Compresses
If you already have cold sores, then cold compresses helps to relieve the itchiness and pain. That will be particularly most effective if you ice cold the sores as soon as they appear. The cold ice brings down the inflammation and reduces blood flow to the sores. In addition to compressing the sores lightly with ice, increase your juices and fluids intake.
- Shielding your lips from the sun
Sunrays hitting the cold sores also enhance recurring attacks. Consequently spreading sunscreen onto your lips helps. However, choose only the sunscreen recommended for the lips and has an SPF index of 15. Similarly, a lipstick with the sunscreen ingredient is also effective.
- Cold milk
Milk is yet another home remedy for managing cold sores or herpes. Instead of drinking the milk, drench a sizeable cotton ball in milk. Then apply the drenched cotton ball onto the cold sores for the relief of pain. To hasten the oral herpes healing process, dub the affected area as soon as you sense the tingling cold sore sign before it even appears on the skin surface.
- Green tea
Green tea is rich in a strong antioxidant that helps s to fight cold sore. The green tea has the effect of significantly reducing the cell development of the HSV-1 significantly. For effective results, it is preferable that the victim drinks two to three cups of green tea every day.
Similarly, you can also compress the cold sores using the green tea as the active ingredient for better results.
- Taking foods rich in vitamin E
A cold sore attack leads to the itching and painful feeling on the skin. That’s why Vitamin E is helpful. It will calm and relieve the skin discomfort and pain occurring due to the cold sores and herpes. Good sources of vitamin E include;
- Sunflower seeds
- Olive oil
- Sweet potatoes
- Using vanilla extract
If you feel the tingling or itchiness on the skin and hence suspect cold sore developing, then apply vanilla extract or oil as an anti-inflammatory agent and fast healing process. Simply drench a cotton ball with vanilla oil and then hold the ball to the cold sore for about two minutes. Repeat the procedure four times in a day until the cold sore infection heals.
If you find the high-quality vanilla extract expensive then make just make your vanilla infection at home. Simply soak vanilla beans in a jar of oil or alcohol.
- L-lysine intake
As an amino acid, L-lysine is a cold sore home remedy. You can either consume it directly or apply it to the affected skin surface. The consumption of the L-lysine results into the reduced oral herpes attack frequency and shorter healing time. Foods such as legumes, fish, turkey, and vegetables are good sources of L-lysine.
- Application of peppermint oil
When applied to cold sore blisters, peppermint quickens the cold sores healing process. However before you apply the peppermint oil, you have to rinse the affected area for example lips with clean water. After which add a few drops of the oil onto a cotton ball then use it to dab the infected area. Repeat such a procedure two times a day until the blisters get hard.
- Keep your hands off the blisters
The fluid in the blisters is highly contagious. When your hands come into contact with the fluid it will transmit the virus to the next person or skin which you touch, thus keep off from touching, pinching or squeezing the cold sore. When you accidentally touch the blisters wash your hands thoroughly clean.
Even though there isn’t a permanent cure of cold sores, the above is easy to follow. However, the best way to avoid and manage the infection is to eat healthy remedies for herpes to boost your immune, keep off the cold sore triggers and never touch the blisters.