Cold sores owe their origin to Herpes Simplex Virus Type1. Millions of people may harbor the virus in their bodies but never get sores in their lives. This is because some people are prone to the virus but others are not. When one gets cold sores, it is most likely to be as a result of being exposed to infected saliva in childhood. Once the cold sores make their appearance, they are likely to come again and again when conditions are favorable to them. The rest of the time, they lie dormant next to a nerve. It is better to prevent an infection by keeping away from people who have cold sores and not sharing clothing and eating utensils. Some of the known triggers for an attack are exposure to very hot sunlight, colds, fever and menstrual cycle.
Various Home Remedies
An outbreak of cold sores lasts anywhere between 7 to 15 days. There is no cure for cold sores. But there are several prescription medicines that help to deal with cold sores. Individuals may not wish to take these and for them there are home remedies that use things that are available in most homes. Salt is one of the favored remedies as every household has it. However it is important to use non iodized salt. Salt is sure to sting really bad but it works really fast. Mix salt and couple of drops of water to make a paste. Apply this on the sore, leaving it to dry. If the sore has broken skin, it is bound to sting. Garlic is another home remedy that has been much touted by people. Garlic also stings when applied. But it zaps the cold sore and dries it up real fast.
Honey is one of most popular remedies for a cold sore. Honey has antibiotic qualities and it has been used by people for thousands of years. Apply it at least three of four times in a day. Honey is easily available and you can choose the kind you want to use as all forms are effective. Tea tree oil may not be at hand in all homes. It is an Australian product that is said to be effective in a range of conditions. Tea Tree Oil also produces a stinging sensation but many swear by its effectiveness.
Soothing Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a soothing gel that flows from the leaf of the plant with that name. Break off a part of the leaf and collect the gel that flows out. Dab some of it on the sore. The cool gel will reduce the heat and tingling that accompanies most sores. Oregano oil is well known for its ability to dry a sore in record time. Lemon balm herb infused tea has been used by many who get relief by bathing the area with the tincture. One can try the tea bag remedy too. Most tea bags work though Earl Grey is said to be the best. Soak the bag the hot water and place the cooled bag on the blister for at least 15 minutes.