Here are the simple home remedies for cold sores which are easily available at your kitchen.
Cold sores are annoying! They are the pimple like blisters clustered around lip and mouth, making your skin red, swollen and sore. It is worse when they filled with puss. Cold sores are caused by HSV virus which enters your body through break in the skin. It is spread by using infected objects like razors, touching or kissing infected person. Apart from occurring on face, they can outbreak on the other parts. Here are the simple home remedies to treat cold sores.
Licorice is an effective home remedies for cold sores as it contains Glycyrhizic acid which is proven to be prevent the virus cells. It also contains anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. Let’s see how you can use licorice to treat your cold sores at home.
Take one tbsp. of licorice root powder and ½ tbsp. of fresh water. Mix the both ingredients. Apply a thin layer over the affected parts of the skin, make sure it has covered the whole part and leave for hours. It is better if you use it before going to bed as you get a chance to wear it for a overnight.
- Aloe Vera:
Topical aloe vera ointment is useful to treat wounds, herpes and cold sores. In many studies, it has been found that aloe vera protect our body against certain viruses including the one responsible for cold sores. Thanks to its antibacterial and antiviral properties that speed up the healing and minimize blisters caused by cancer or cold sores in the mouth and lips region. Apart from using topical aloe vera ointment, you can use aloe vera plant in fresh form. Take the aloe vera leaf and peel them and extract the gel. Store this gel in refrigerator and apply it on your cold sores.
- 3. Zinc Oxide:
Zinc Oxide cream is easily available at any drug store. It is useful to reduce the signs of cold sores including blistering, soreness and itching. It is said that if you use this cream within 24 hours of sign occurring, it can heal them before their developing.
Milk can be effected home remedy to treat your cold sores. This is because milk is rich in proteins, immunoglobulins, which are powerful anti-bodies that ward the viruses like herpes off. Apart from that, it contains l-lysine that hinders the arginine, which is responsible for the outbreaks and accelerate the healing process. Here is the recipe of milk to be used to prevent cold sores. Take one cup of whole milk and dip a cotton swab into it. Apply it on your cold sores. You can also consume whole milk to prevent sores.
- Hydrogen Peroxide:
Hydrogen peroxide is effective for cold sores as it kills infection and enhances the healing. Just take one tbsp. of hydrogen peroxide and soak cotton balls with it. Dab the cotton balls on your affected area of the skin. Hold the balls for 5 seconds. Rinse off.
So, these are the home remedies you can try to treat cold sores at home. However, if you don’t see any improvement, please see your doctor.