How to Treat and Cure Cold Sores

Cold Sores

Herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1), is the cause of cold sores. Herpes on lips is another name for them. They can occur on the lips, around the mouth and sometimes on the cheeks. These blisters can be painful, red and oozing. They look like small blisters. The sores will then crust over and develop a scab. The sores will usually heal in a couple of weeks.

Cold sores are often first detected by a tingling, burning or itching sensation around or on the lips. The itching and tingling lasts for a few days before the cold sore appears. The area will then become red, swollen, and blisters will break. Cold sores can be spread by oozing. They can spread during this period by sharing cups, utensils or straws with someone with an active cold sore, or kissing them. You can spread them by sucking or picking on the sores. Even if they do not show any symptoms, people can still spread the virus. It is particularly true for children. If the virus enters the genitals or eyes during oral sex, it can spread to other parts of the body.

It takes four to five full days after a cold sore has appeared for the blisters to turn into a scab. Once they have become a scab, cold sores can no longer be contagious. During the healing process, it is important to avoid touching sores. Also, keep them away other parts of your skin. It will help to prevent the sores from spreading and becoming infected. It’s important to stay hydrated and avoid spicy or acidic foods, which can irritate sores.

Cold sores can be accelerated by medications. Pain relievers, ointments to numb blisters or soften crusts and scabs as well as ointments for numbing the blisters are all options. Applying a lip balm or a cold compress to a sore can reduce discomfort and pain. Antiviral medication such as Abreva and Denavir can be taken in the early stages to reduce cold sores. They will also make them less painful. These medications can be purchased as creams or pills that are taken by mouth.

You can also use home remedies such as ice, aloe, and other natural products, or over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Avoid triggers such as stress, fevers and colds, physical activity, and sunlight if you tend to get colds sores. Use relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation and lemon balm to deal with an outbreak. Smoking can increase your chances of developing a cold sore.

Cold sores usually heal by themselves within a few weeks. About 1 in 5 people experience recurrent cold sores. HSV-1 (the herpes virus that causes cold sores) is usually dormant within the nerve cells of most people. It can cause cold sores to appear at the same place on the skin, or even inside the mouth.

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