While a cold sore home remedy is effective, it is almost impossible to cure this condition fully. The infection recurs from time to time.
Herpes Simplex Virus I causes cold sore. The virus lies dormant in the body most of the time until conditions are favorable for it to appear.
Cold sore is contagious and can be transmitted by direct contact. What causes it to appear, could be for example an ongoing cold. The cold suppresses the immune system and creates a chance for the virus to attack again. It can show up on the lips, nose, chin. In addition to external factors, genetics are now shown to be the cause of this infection.
Cold sore (fever blister) can be prevented by eating foods that contain amino acid lysine (soybean, spinach).
It is important to realize the sore is about to appear, because that is the time home remedies for cold sore can help prevent it from spreading.One of the things that announce it is the tingling sensation on the lips. It is a sure sign it is coming. Then, the little blisters appear. They look like little raised spots on the lips.
As you can see in this lip cold sore fever blister picture (courtesy of www.stanford.edu), this a full blown infection. The bumps are still there, but they are read and starting to scab.
Some of the best natural home remedies include the application of, usually by Q tip where you dab the spot:
- Aloe Vera gel is good to treat it
- Tooth paste applied in a thin layer over the spot alternating with rubbing alcohol
- Garlic: Peel the clove and cut it in half. Rub the spot every 10 minutes or so
- Nail polish remover gives very good results. Make sure you don't overuse it, as it can cause damage to the skin.
Keep your lips moisturized using a lip balm and once the sore has appeared, do nOt peel the scab. It is tempting as it is so annoying to look at, but try not to. Once blood appears, it is a sign the infection is going away.
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