Friday, December 12, 2008

How To Get Rid of Cold Sores


Cold sores or fever blisters, as they are sometimes called are caused by viral infection which strikes the skin and nervous system. They are usually caused by herpes virus, which can lay dormant in the body and becomes active later when something triggers it - and they're contagious. The color of the impetigo fluid is like honey and it looks cloudy. A kind of ulcers, canker sores which are not infectious and they grow in the soft tissues of the mouth which is devoid of sores.

Good hand washing when a cold sore is present will help prevent the spread of the infection. The drug called acyclovir (Zovirax) may help shorten the length of the outbreak. Effective management could involve using topical creams, ointments and at times drugs which belong to the antiviral category like acyclovir or famciclovir. Prompt and effective pain relief is available from paracetamol or applying witch hazel locally on the sore. This skin medication acts also as an anesthetic. Ensure having a balanced diet which is full of vitamins A, C, E, zinc and iron so that your immune system gets more powerful. It is also wise to keep away from foods which are to salty or spicy or which encourage acidity and drinks which can further provoke the sores.

o fend off the ailment do with out salty or spicy foods. It is best to have no or very moderate quantum of foods which are as follows: chocolates, peanuts, grains, peas, seeds, oatmeal and whole-wheat rich in arginine. Go completely without tea and coffee and make your diet vitamin-rich.

Take some ice and rub it on the sore for a few minutes and do this again every hour and this is one of the very effective home remedies for the management of cold sores. You may even use tea bags on the sore area for a few minutes and then doing it over again every hour. You can also consider pressing a warm tea bag on the blisters for approximately 30 minutes.

Witch hazel application on sores can yield very satisfactory relief. Sun can also induce cold sores so when outdoors take care by using sunscreen on the lips to prevent another outbreak.

Help from coconut oil: mix the following ingredients 100ml of coconut oil, 2ml of disinfectant, and 3ml of carbolic acid. While some people recommend this for boils and mosquito bites, for cold sores apply this 2 times daily directly on the cold sores.

Consider having a drink made up of tea tree oil, herbal sage and violet which is supposed to be one of the best home remedies for cold sores. Mix all these with a few sage leaves and ginger powder and put them in a cup of boiling water. Drink this 2-3 times a day and within a couple of days your cold sore will disappear.

If nothing seems to be working for you, try 3 acidophilus pills twice a day in the morning and evening for rapid action. When sores bother you often try taking 2 pills a day. Though this list of home remedies for cold sores is not complete, but many of the frequently used methods nevertheless. - 14018

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