Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are caused by herpes simplex virus which is a virus that lays inactive in specific nerve cells until they are set in motion by things like stress, a cold, anxiety or a lot of sun exposure. It causes sores to form near your mouth that typically stays between one and two weeks.
Now, there are a vast amount of home remedies for cold sores that you can use to get rid of those sores as fast as possible! Nobody likes having a sore around there mouth for the world to see.
One very effective home remedy for cold sores is ice. It is very simple. Just rub an ice cube on your cold sore for a few minutes every hour. You can do the very same with tea bags.
Lemon balm extract (Melissa officinalis) is another very effective home remedy for your cold sores. Lemon balm extract not only helps to diminish your symptoms but it actually speeds up the healing process!
A surprising home remedy is licorice. It is very unusual for someone to point to a type of candy to relieve anything let alone cold sores but this appears to be the case. Licorice helps reduce the enlargement of cold sores. Or if you’d prefer, you can sprinkle licorice powder over your cold sores.
Cold milk is also very useful when dealing with cold sores. Cold milk gives you relief and helps speed up healing as well. Simply soak a swab in cold milk and apply to your cold sore.
Since we are talking about home remedies for cold sores that can help reduce symptoms, speed up healing, etc. I thought it was important to mention things to avoid, as well, in order for your cold sore to heal better and faster. Avoid putting cosmetics over your cold sore. This will aggravate them. Not good. Do not pick your cold sore as this can lead to a bacterial infection. Definitely not good either.
Cold sores are certainly not any fun. Try one of these great home remedies and natural treatments for cold sores today and watch your cold sore disappear in less time!