Cold Sores

What Is Cold Sores?

Cold Sores (fever blisters) are defined as small, painful and fluid filled blisters (ulcer like) that most commonly appear in the winter season. They usually appear on the lips, mouth or nose and can be painful too.

What Triggers Cold Sores ?

  • Infection with the Herpes virus
  • Coming in close contact with someone who has the infection
  • Fever and common cold
  • Stress
  • Compromised immune system

How Would You Know If You Have Cold Sores ?

  • In case of cold sores, you may observe pain around your mouth, lips, followed by a sore throat or swollen glands
  • The cold sores often break open after a span of time and leak out a clear fluid.
  • Can be very painful at times

What Are The Available Treatment Options?

  • Your doctor may inspect you physically and interrogate you to understand the source of the infection.
  • In most cases, clinical testing may not be needed.
  • The doctor may suggest a few over the counter medication to ease your symptoms.

Are There Any Natural Remedies For Cold Sores ?

You can try these effective natural remedies to ease your symptoms:

1. Licorice

Ingredients: Licorice Powder Tea

Ways to Use:

You may choose to add licorice powder to an essential oil or water. Now you can apply the paste on the affected areas. You can also try licorice tea

2. Raw Milk

Ingredients: Raw Milk Water

Ways to Use:

Dip cotton swabs in raw milk and apply it on the affected areas

3. Hydrogen Peroxide

Ingredients: Hydrogen Peroxide Cotton Balls

Ways to Use:

Dip the cotton ball in a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Apply it on the affected area.

4. Peppermint

Ingredients: Peppermint Cotton Balls

Ways to Use:

Dip the cotton ball in a tablespoon of peppermint oil. If you feel it hurts your skin, you can choose to dilute it. Apply it on the affected area.

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