Painful - Itchy - Embarrassing
How many of you have experienced cold sores ( also known as fever blisters) ?
It is said that most cold sores are caused by HSV-1, also known as Herpes Simplex Virus.
"The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) note that the first outbreak of the virus typically occurs within 2 to 20 days after exposure."
****THROW OUT your toothbrushes at the first sign of an outbreak and after the infection has cleared up...It's a good idea to go purchase a big pack of cheap toothbrushes and use a new one each day so you don't keep contaminating the mouth...
...There's currently no cure for the virus and the infections are lifelong. BUT there are ways to shorten the length of the outbreak & for many the frequency of the outbreaks.
Cold sores are pretty painful - look awful and are pretty annoying just trying to drink something or even smile !
Acidic, salty foods will irritate the sore so avoid them...
DO NOT let anyone with cold sores touch your baby !
For babies old sores can be dangerous ! Babies immune systems have not fully developed. And that means that babies who are exposed to cold sores could-can become very ill.
If you have a weakened immune system stay away from anyone with cold sores ! People with weakened immune systems could get a widespread herpes infection that can affect their vital organs like the spinal cord and brain.
HSV-1 is extremely contagious, spread by direct contact.!!
- tingling in area cold sore will appear
These symptoms normally occur along with the onset of cold sores & they can last for 3 to 4 days.
Most people will feel a burning or tingling around the edge of lips - area the cold sore will erupt.... 24 to 48 hours before blisters emerge....followed by a tiny red or inflamed bump...followed by multiple connected blisters that are clear and then become cloudy as their body's immune cells fight off the infection...then the blisters break...next the infected fluid from within the sore drains....
Then it dries up, and crusts over with a scab that keeps outside bacteria from causing infection and helps stop the virus from spreading !
Good hygiene and limiting contact with infected individuals can help stop the spread of the virus.
Avoiding kissing & engaging in other intimate activities to keep from spreading to partner
Use natural remedies that have antiviral properties because they work to stop a virus from replicating.
Quit touching those cold sores and when you do WASH your hands VERY well ! ( also wash hands before touching the cold sore) Do NOT scratch sore area...When you have a cold sore AVOID skin to skin contact kissing, sexual contact, and contact sports.
The HSV - cold sore virus can spread to the eyes, which can and does cause scarring of the cornea or even blindness. This is known as HSV keratitis, and is a major cause of blindness worldwide, according to the AAP.
Cold sores can take more than a week to heal and be gone ! And most say it feels like forever.!!!
Cold packs and things like ice, or cold foods & drinks may help soothe the area & help with inflammation & healing .
Outbreaks seem to occur at times of illness and stress...things that tend to weaken the immune system
SOooooo...What do we look for in a remedy for treating those cold sores ? Look for things that contain properties / compounds that are antiviral, antimicrobial, and immune-boosting are often good for treating cold sores.
Not everything works for every person,so you will need to experiment to find which natural remedy will help you reduce your cold sore issues and possibly help prevent flare-ups in the future....
To help keep lip from cracking and help heal...dry cold sore with disposable pad and put a little salve on it...
Studies have shown that compounds in certain essential oils may help treat cold sores.!!!
- Less side effects than antiviral drugs
- Do NOT take orally please
- ONLY apply topically to the skin only when they are mixed with a carrier oil
- Tea Tree E.O.-the International Journal of Dermatology, tea tree oil has shown the ability to stop or kill the herpes simplex virus....( use it with caution. Users should dilute it with a carrier oil to decrease the chances of a skin irritation.)
- Chamomile oil interrupts absorption of the herpes virus into the cells
- Peppermint Oil
In a study, peppermint oil was shown to inhibit the activity of both the herpes virus type 1 and type 2.
- Lavender Oil
Studies show lavender oil may be helpful in reducing pain and inflammation
- Thyme oil has been examined to determine its ability to treat herpes simplex virus type 1. The results of one study indicated that the essential oil shows antiviral action against the virus.
- Oregano Oil: The oil’s antimicrobial properties promotes healing by killing the virus within the blister and also reduces swelling. Apply directly with sterile gauze.
- Eucalyptus oil may be useful in treating cold sores due to its anti-inflammatory ability.
Research on hyssop oil showed that the essential oil caused a decrease in viral activity.
A few drops of hyssop oil can be diluted and applied to the cold sore.
****Common carrier oils used to dilute essential oils include:...coconut oil...sweet almond oil..Hemp oil...olive oil
"The ratio of essential oil to carrier oil may vary. Typically, a ratio of 2–5 drops of essential oil diluted in 1 ounce of a carrier oil is used."
- Lemon Balm Essential Oil
One study indicated that the oil prevents the herpes virus from penetrating the cells.
Studies have proven that lemon balm essential oil effectively kills the herpes virus so when you feel the tingle of a cold sore coming on...., put a drop of two of lemon balm essential oil to the area that is diluted in a carrier oil like coconut oil
Use lip balms that have at least 1 percent lemon balm in them.
Apply an Earl Grey tea bag to the cold sore when the tingling starts or during a cold sore ...it may prevent it or help heal it, ease swelling... due to the bergamot oil and tannins the tea leaves contain.
Cold sores thrive in an acidic environment.
Cornstarch neutralizes the pH of the cold sore.& soothes the pain and inflammation.
Cornstarch paste, made of equal parts starch and water
Make a paste of a little cornstarch and water and dab it on the sore a few times a day.
Some use pure vanilla extract....Dab pure Vanilla extract on the bump that very second you feel it start to tingle. You can apply many times during the day..Many believe it helps due to the alcohol content.
Oregano Oil: Has antimicrobial properties that promotes cold sore healing by killing the virus within the blister and reduces swelling. Apply diluted with a carrier oil with a sterile pad or gauze.
Rhubarb & Sage Cream mixtures
Zinc oxide creams - salves - ointments can be applied to the cold sore scabs to help kill virus cells that may be released from the sore
Use lemon tea compresses on cold sore
Hydrogen Peroxide helps dry up, disinfect and heal the sores....3% food-grade hydrogen peroxide....apply with a soaked cotton swab of 3% food-grade hydrogen peroxide. twice a day
Milk has immunoglobulins: proteins that act as antibodies (contains antibodies and l-lysine) and help it heal...Wet a cotton ball or pad with cold, whole milk and hold it on the sore many times during the day.
Lysine cream to aid in cell repair
Aloe Vera gel to moisture & soothe the inflamed cold sores....has anti-inflammatory properties
Hydrogen peroxide can help keep the cold sores clean
Toothpaste with baking soda:
HMmmm... Some say that toothpaste that contains baking soda works on the cold sore ...just put a little on and let it dry.
Take some Vitamin C it can boost the body's levels of white cells ! These are the cells that are the body's main infection-fighting cells.
Licorice Root contains glycyrrhizic acid properties, which is considered to be an antiviral...Mix up a little licorice powder with water or castor jelly, coconut oil etc or even an herbal tea that has licorice root in it and apply over cold sores
Vitamin E helps the body repair damaged skin cells and grow new ones.
"According to the World Health Organization, around two-thirds of adults aged 50 and older have HSV-1. The University of Michigan's Health Service estimates that 50 percent of American kindergarten-age children already have HSV-1."
**** The virus does NOT leave the body remains dormant in your nerve cells.
Always seek medical care when needed....if the sores do not improve within a few weeks, if symptoms are severe, or if sores continue to weep...seek medical care....People with weakened immune systems...remember to wash hands and dispose of items that came in contact with sores..the virus can spread to various parts of the body like the fingertips, as with herpes whitlow, or eyes as with herpes keratitis.