Cold sores occur when “herpes simplex 1 virus” gets activated in the body due to certain physical and mental conditions including stress, over exposure to sunlight, cold or anxiety.
This virus which otherwise stays inactive in the nerve “ganglia” only wakes up and creates new viruses when favourable conditions persist within the body. Stress causes certain hormonal changes in the body resulting in dysregulation of immune system, thus creating favorable conditions for the virus to grow and they appear in the body as cold sores.
This virus also distracts the immune system due to which it fails to safeguard the body against the attack. However, it is possible to remove the sores very quickly and naturally.
How To Get Rid Of A Cold Sore Quickly
It is necessary to avoid triggers if you want to eliminate cold sores fast. Go for stress relieving techiniqies like yoga and medication. Stress is responsible for the fast outbreak, so avoid all sorts of stressful situations. Avoid going out in the sun. Always wear sunscreen above SPF 15 before going out in the sun.
Rub an ice cube directly on the affected areas. Hold it in place until the cube melts away. As the cube thaws, dry the place with a clean parched towel. Then take a little rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and apply on the cold sore. This remedy might give you slight discomfort, but it’s a very effective way to get rid of cold sores fast as the ice would numb the sores.
Warm Tea Bags
Dip the tea bags in hot water; do not microwave as the radiations may cause damage to the micro-nutrients present in the tea. Now hold the tea bag against the sore to feel the healing warmth of the tea bag.
Recommended time of the heat application is 10 to 20 minutes, but longer is better. Tea contains several aiding chemicals and antioxidants that work to repair damaged skin. Change tea bags after each use. You can also use lemon balm tea bags.
To avoid dryness on the infected areas, apply petroleum jelly. It will keep your skin moisturized and prevent further dryness of the sores. Avoiding dryness will also accelerate the healing process.
Eat lysine Foods
Wondering what is this? Actually, the herpes virus needs arginine for reproduction. On the contrary, lysine prevents it from reproduction.
So, eat foods that are rich in lysine such as yoghurt, fish, cheese, and vegetables. Also, avoid foods such as chocolates, nuts, oats and gelatine, because they are high in arginine.
Acidophilus also helps to cure cold sores fast, according to studies. Acidophilus capsules are available in any medical store. Take four capsules a day with milk, or as prescribed by your physician. These capsules will relieve itching and pain from the sores and prevent the skin from lesions.
Tips to Heal Cols Sores Faster
Boost your immune system with Vitamin C rich foods, so that body helps to heal the sores faster through its own mechanisms.
Application of Witch Hazel Extract also treats cold sores quickly.
Do not scratch the sores; they are extremely contagious. Scratching may spread the infection to the surrounding areas.