I’ve been getting cold sores since I was 9 years old and now my son is unfortunately also showing the tell- tale signs. Luckily, after my years of torturous childhood experience and trial and error, these days I am much better prepared or the both of us! Actually, we rarely get them at all anymore!
First off, I think it’s important to point out that prevention will make your life a lot easier. If there’s no cold sore, there’s no problem! Here are some things that can cause those nasty blemishes to pop up-
Sunburn or over exposure to the sun
Contact with things that have been exposed by others with cold sores ( don’t share lipsticks, razors, drinks, utensils, etc)
Kissing someone who has a cold sore
Weakened Immune System (colds, flu, etc)
In my experience, I’m most likely to get them when I have two or more of the things listed above going on simultaneously. So for example, if it’s my time of month and I get a sunburn, I make sure to pump up the vitamins to try to avoid an outbreak.
I also want to point out that cold sores and genital herpes are NOT the same thing. I have heard so many ignorant people say that. It’s NOT true so don’t freak out, jellybean!! A cold sore is definitely not a reason to get yourself even more stressed. As I said before, stress will only make it worse, so go chill in the bath or listen to some music. Do whatever calms you down and takes you to your happy place!
Getting that little tingle?? Here’s what to do!
First, get a prescription for Acyclovir. It’s an anti viral medication that is prescribed regularly for cold sores. A cold sore is a virus so antiviral meds are your best bet and they will decrease the healing time a great deal.
Second, there is NO way to get rid of a cold sore overnight. You can avoid one if you catch it at the first tingle, but once it’s there, you have to let it run it’s course. BUT, you can speed up the process a great deal and also prevent it from spreading by taking an antiviral medication or by using several home remedies.
If the cold sore is already looking ‘mean’ I have to stress the importance of not picking at it or touching it. You can make a small pin prick in it to release liquid from it but anything more than that will just increase the healing time. Be sure to keep your face very clean and always use cotton swabs instead if your hands. Also, boil your toothbrush to disinfect it after you’ve had a cold sore.
The very best remedy out there, by far, is unrefined virgin organic coconut oil. It’s antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobal, antifungal, etc, so it keeps everything clean and contained. Coconut oil is known to promote healing of the skin and it helps to decrease scarring, which makes it a perfect remedy for these pain in the butt blemishes. If you use it at the first tingle, you have a good chance of stopping it in it’s tracks!
Garlic is also an amazing natural remedy for cold sores! It’s antiviral abilities make it another great contender. Take a clove of garlic and cut it in half. Press it to produce a juice from the clove and rub the juice directly onto the cold sore.
Peppermint essential oil is another fabulous tool in my arsenal. It has strong antiviral properties and it does a great job penetrating the skin. It’s menthol qualities make for a nice distraction from the pain. Wet a cotton swab with water then apply a few drops of peppermint oil to it. Press gently on the cold sore for a few seconds. You can do this several times a day. Tea tree and frankincense oils are both great essential oils that can be used the same way as the peppermint oil.
Ice is one of the most simple remedies that comes to mind. It will help at any stage. If you apply it at the tingle stage sometimes you can even avoid a cold sore all together.
Whole Milk, Vanilla extract, L-Lysine, and Echinacea are also great home remedies!
Multi-Vitamins, diet, and water intake are also important to consider if you want to get rid of your blemish in a hurry. The cleaner your body is, the faster it can heal.
Good Luck and stay stress-free!
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