Monday, January 16, 2012

Remedy for Cold Sores: 101

By David Paule

Many people think that the best way to treat a cold sore is to use make-up to cover up the cold sores until they disappear.

Do NOT do that: I know it is embarrassing to have a cold sore, but covering it up will not help you in any way. Believe me, many have tried. It is not a good idea.

If you just leave the cold sores be, they will heal all by themselves - usually within less than two weeks. But this, of course, is a long time, and if you do not want to wait that long, don't worry, just keep reading. There are some methods to make it all be over faster.

To heal a cold sore, a person must always protect the sore free from further infection. It is very important to use a petroleum based product to protect the sore, and keep the sore from spreading to other areas.

Another way to get rid of cold sores is to drink lots of fluids and stay hydrated. It has been shown in a number of studies that drinking non-citrus fluids that are low in sugar can help cold sores to heal faster.

Another cold sore remedy would be icing the outbreak. That is, just apply ice to it. It will cool it efficiently and should reduce the pain. Moreover, it will also minimize the risk that the virus will spread.

If you are the kind of person who believes in the healing properties of plants, this might also be a good option. Personally, I favor the aloe vera plant. It contains a lot of juice and the way to use it is as follows: Cut a part of it open and press on it. This will make some juice come out, which you can apply to the sore.

In addition to all these cold sore treatment ideas, you can, of course, also go back to the good old over the counter medications. These will not speed healing but will help with comfort.

You can also purchase numbing creams that will alleviate any pain. This will make the time for a cold sore to heal more tolerable.

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