Cold sores or sore lips are one of the most common problems or infections. We discover some natural tips to cure it easily.
The so-called fever, whose medical name was originally cold sores, consists of a common infection of the lips, mouth or gums due to the herpes simplex virus (usually type 1, medically known as HSV-1). This virus is contagious, and most of the infections occur mainly during childhood, so that the prevalence increases with age, which means that most adults are carriers of the virus.
Of the 90% of adults who carry the virus, only one third actually have cold sores, so the virus tends to spread through direct contact with the lesions, or through the saliva of the person with the cold sore.
This virus remains for life in the main nerves of the face of the person who was infected (what is known as a latent virus ), not tending to cause more problems or symptoms unless the person’s immune system is weakened.
When it comes to curing cold sores and reducing or treating its symptoms, you need to know that symptoms can actually go away on their own without treatment in a week or two. However, your doctor may advise a treatment based on Acyclovir, Valaciclovir or Famciclovir.
There are also certain very useful natural treatments to cure cold sores, which are especially ideal for people who like to resort to remedies made with natural products instead of taking antiviral drugs or applying antiviral ointments.
Even so, we always advise that you should go to the doctor without delay when you notice that something is not going well, for example in the case that the cold sore takes a long time to heal, longer than it normally usually lasts.
In the presence of these symptoms we must go to the doctor:
- Herpes takes longer than normal to heal, more than two weeks.
- Herpes has spread to other areas of the skin, near the eyes.
- There is an infection in the eyes.
- There is a possible bacterial infection on the skin.
- If our immune system is weakened by other diseases or by taking some medications.
7 home remedies to relieve cold sore symptoms
These remedies can help us relieve symptoms from the first moment we notice the first symptoms.
Applying ice on herpes
This remedy is to calm the first symptoms. Cold soothes pain while cooling, helps reduce inflammation, and also calms the first symptoms such as tingling, itching, and tingling.
We put an ice cube on a cloth or cloth handkerchief and wrap it. Then we put it on the herpes and hold it for a few seconds.
Proposes extract for lips
The properties of proposes benefit us to help calm the discomfort of cold sores, protect us from infections and help them to heal.
The proposes extract should be mixed in equal parts with mineral water. In a small container we mix 5 drops of proposes extract with 5 tablespoons of mineral water. We remove and moisten a swab in this preparation.
Once the swab is moistened, we apply it gently over the cold sore. This preparation can be applied 3 times a day.
Proposes lip balm
The balm proposes lip is a good sunscreen for lips. In addition to protecting the lips from the sun, we must also protect them from the cold.
For this reason, if we are predisposed to the herpes virus appearing on our lips, we must put on this protector before going outside.
We can get this balm in herbalists, Para pharmacies, natural product stores and specialized online stores.
St. John’s worth oil to prevent scars
The Hypercom oil contains antiviral and healing properties. We can get it already prepared in herbalists, Para pharmacies, or make it ourselves at home.
To make it at home we need St. John’s worth flowers, and virgin olive oil to put the flowers to macerate for 3 weeks.
We can take a sterilized glass jar and fill it with St. John’s worth flowers, and then we add the amount of olive oil so that they are submerged. Next, we close the jar well and leave the flowers to macerate.
We uncover the jar and moisten a sterile swab or gauze and gently wipe it over the cold sore at night. We close the jar again well so that it is well preserved.
Aloe Vera gel to relieve itching or burning
Aloe Vera gel is refreshing , in addition to relieving itching, burning, and the tingling sensation, it acts as an antiviral, helping to prevent blisters or pupae from appearing, slowing the spread of herpes.
We will put a little aloe Vera gel on the herpes; you will notice how the relief is immediate. Aloe Vera gel is best kept in the refrigerator and being cool will help us relieve faster due to the sensation of freshness.
The marshmallow will help us soothe the pain as well as dry the blister. To prepare this infusion we need: two tablespoons of marshmallow and a cup of mineral water.
We boil the water and once it is boiling we add the marshmallow. Remove from the heat, cover and let it rest for 10 minutes. Uncover, strain the infusion and let it cool.
Once cold, we moisten a swab in the infusion. We apply the swab gently on the cold sore. To finish we put a little olive oil on the herpes.
We will let it reabsorb itself; we will not rinse the area. We can repeat this remedy every night while we have herpes. Apply hydrogen peroxide on cold sores
We moisten a little hydrogen peroxide on a swab and pass it through the cold sore blister. We can apply this remedy three times a day.