cold sore remedies
The official name for cold sore is herpes labialis it is additionally known as Orolabial herpes. The cause of cold sores is the herpes simplex type 1 virus.
The herpes simplex virus is commonly contacted during your childhood; it hides in your nerve ganglia close to where the cold sore appears.
There are some practical steps that you can take to prevent or stop the virus from spreading.
Change Your Toothbrush
Your toothbrush is capable of holding the virus for several days, if you continue to use your toothbrush after your cold sore is healed, the chances are, you can become infected again.
It's best to throw away your toothbrush when your cold sore starts, then when the virus goes, change it again just to be on the safe side.
Don't store your toothbrush in your bathroom
There is nothing a herpes simplex likes more than a wet toothbrush in the bathroom. The moist environment of your bathroom prolongs the virus life on the toothbrush, hence the reason why it is better to store the tooth brush in a dry place.
Use smaller tubes of toothpaste
Toothpaste transmits the virus as well, using smaller tubes of toothpaste means that you will replace your toothpaste more regularly.
Petroleum Jelly gives good protection of the lips, it can also be used on the cold sore as well. Use cotton buds instead of fingers so that there is no chance of infection.
Treating the cold sore
Scientists from the University of Maryland discovered that putting on lemon balm cream on to cold sores leads to a considerable improvement in swelling and redness after just two days, compared to the patient given a placebo.
Apply some tea tree oil on the cold sore, tea tree oil is a good anticeptic.
Use tincture of myrrh, spirit of camphor BR or aloe vera
Ice costs nothing and it is an effective method of keeping the swelling of the cold sore. As soon as the cold sore appears get the ice out. Use a cold compress
to apply the ice.
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