You must have had small, painful, fluid-filled boils on your lips and tried to conceal them but in vain. They are nothing but cold sores, which are also commonly known as fever blisters. Occasionally, you may even get cold sores on tongue, nose or in your mouth.
Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. Once this virus enters the body it doesn’t leave and gets re-activated from time to time.This could be the reason for getting the boil on the same side of lips, each time. These re-activations may be caused by stress, sunlight, skin trauma or menstruation. However, the frequency and severity of these infections is known to decrease over a period.
Cold sores can be completely cured within a week or two. Nevertheless, try these home remedies to reduce the severity of the infection, as well as accelerate the healing process.
6 Remedies For Cold Sores
A diet rich in lysine is known to heal the cold sores. Lysine is an amino acid, found in milk and its products, certain vegetables and fruits. Try having yogurt, cottage cheese included meals, when you have cold sores. Include at least a glass of milk in your diet every day.
Peppermint oil possesses anti-viral properties. Soak a ball of cotton in peppermint oil, and dab it on the boil. You can also wash your boil with peppermint oil. Alternatively, wash your face, pat it dry, and apply a tinge of peppermint oil on the infected surface.
When you sense the inflammation on your lips, hold a cube of ice on it and repeat this every hour, for a minimum of two days. The inflammation may never turn into a boil. You can also apply ice on an already formed boil. This can reduce the pain as well as quicken the healing process.
This remedy does not involve drinking milk but applying it on the sores. Soak a ball of cotton in cold milk and dab it on the boils. Repeat this procedure for 5-6 times, in a day.
Aloe vera has a soothing effect on the skin and also helps in reducing the inflammation. Use a small amount of fresh aloe vera gel on the infected area, to reduce the soreness immediately. You may also use aloe vera gel available in the market, in case, fresh aloe vera is not easily accessible.
Tea contains tannins, which have anti-viral properties that cures cold sores. Hold a tea bag on the infected area for a few minutes, at least 3-4 times in a day. They also help to reduce the pain and inflammation. Cold sores are extremely contagious, it is better to avoid sharing spoons, towels or kissing when you have cold sores, especially when you are around children. It is also a good idea to use a separate toothbrush, lipstick when you are infected. Do not try to puncture, squeeze or even touch the sore, as this may worsen the infection.
In addition to these remedies, include foods rich in vitamin A and C to hasten the healing process. Arginine containing foods can delay the healing process considerably. Hence, you may restrict the intake of chocolates, meats and nuts which contain large amount of arginine in them. Since sunlight can increase the severity of infection, do not forget to apply sunscreen on your lips, when you step out in the sun. Do not mask your infection with cosmetics, as the chemicals present in them may aggravate the infection. Use these home remedies effectively, and you may never have to hide a cold sore again.