Cold sores is a viral disease and is contagious. Since anyone catch this ailment, it would be wise to be forewarned and to know what to do about it. Several suggestions have been recommended by both medical experts and former victims on how to treat this kind of sickness.
The most common one is to use ice. Just rub ice on the infected skin for a few minutes and repeat it every hour. Another remedy is to use tea bag. You have to apply a tea bag for few minutes on the blisters and repeat this every hour. Pressing a warm tea bag on the blisters for approximately 30 minutes will also be helpful.
Other remedies include: applying Witch Hazel on sores; dipping your moist index finger in powdered common salt and pressing the sore for 30 seconds using this index finger; gently rubbing aloe vera gel or oil on the sores; and using lemon balm extract can help reduce symptoms and speed up healing.
Moreover, it is not advisable for one to be exposed to sunlight since it will aggravate the condition, thus in case exposure to sunlight cannot be avoided, use a good quality sunscreen on your lips. Also, make sure that you do not simply attempt to disguise the cold sores by using makeup and other cosmetic products because most often the chemicals in them will just cause further irritation to the skin.
In addition, according to many researchers licorice can actually help inhibit the development of cold sores. The glycyrrhizic acid found in licorice is helpful. You could also simply buy some licorice powder and sprinkle it over the sores. Naturalists, on the other hand believe that cold milk can provide relief and even promote healing. You may simply soak a cotton ball or swab in some cold milk and dab it or apply gently over the sore.
It would be wise to avoid picking or pinching at a cold sore in order to avoid bacterial infection. Touching the cold sores and touching the genitals and the eyes can spread the disease to these parts so always make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitizer after touching a cold sore.
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