Cold sores and oral herpes should disappear when you use these proven techniques. Read this short article now. In it you will find top first aid tips for getting rid of any oral herpes cold sore.
If you are a cold sore, fever blister or oral herpes sufferer, you need help, not hype. You need effective ways of stopping the discomfort and getting rid of your cold sores.
Embarrassment and pain are the two obvious reasons to heal a cold sore as fast as possible. But here are a couple more reasons most folks do not think about.
- DAMAGING THE CORNEA
The longer the herpes simplex virus is active on your face, the bigger the risk of getting the virus in your eye. This usually causes vision damage.
- LINK TO ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
Researchers have uncovered some proteins in Alzheimer's are the same as found in cold sore activity. The investigation continues but it is certainly another good reason to heal them quickly.
You can reduce the pain and healing time with these cold sore first aid tactics. They have been well proven over time and are medically sound treatments.
1. FIRST AID FOR STOPPING THE PAIN OF COLD SORES.
A few drug store cold sore treatments contain ingredients that will numb the cold sore. Benzocaine and lidocaine are common for this. They do help with comfort, but they do not help to heal the sore faster.
Ice is the best remedy for reducing swelling and pain. Frozen, wet tea bags work very well and provide some anti-viral activity. Fever, headaches and swollen glands can be helped with aspirin or ibuprofen.
2. FIRST AID FOR CLEANING THE COLD SORE
Removing as much of the herpes simplex virus from the wound area as possible is important in treating your cold sore. It will reduce the risk of spreading the disease and will help to lower the virus population hiding in your body.
Keep sanitizing the cold sore and surrounding area with hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol. Use tissue or paper towels to do this and then throw away. You can get handy single-use alcohol swabs at the drug store.
3. FIRST AID FOR GROWING NEW SKIN OVER THE COLD SORE WOUND
There are topical treatments that will greatly speed new skin growth over the cold sore.
Aloe Vera is an amazing healer of wounds. Use only the gel from a live plant leaf. Aloe Vera is easy to grow and a true first aid plant. Do not waste your money on bottled Aloe Vera for healing a sore. You will be disappointed.
Yes, the Aloe Vera plant is well worth your while. But the following cold sore remedies can be used with or without the Aloe Vera to quickly heal any cold sore.
Apply a hot tea bag to the cold sore as often as possible. It is most effective to warm it up in water, not microwave. Between tea bag applications, put a zinc-based gel on the sore. Or you can rub a wet zinc lozenge on the area.
4. FINAL COLD SORE FIRST AID SECRETS
The most powerful first aid is proper nutrition. Find and take the best vitamin supplement possible. Your cold sore will heal better. You will experience fewer cold sores. And you will look and feel as healthy as a kid again.
Once the sore has burst open, ice will still reduce the pain, but will slow down healing. At this point, if you want pain relief, use ice. If you want fast healing, apply heat and a numbing agent like benzocaine.
It is quite painful and takes longer to heal when the scab dries and keeps cracking open. Keep it soft by applying olive oil or other vegetable oil. This not only provides much more comfort but will shorten the healing process.
In conclusion, the best first aid is not to get a cold sore in the first place. There are ways to prevent cold sores that will work for you. Maybe the vitamin therapy is all you personally need.
Because you are unique, you may have to do some homework and experiment with a few remedies. If you do, you will be amazed how quickly you will find lifetime freedom from cold sores.
By Denny Bodoh
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