You know what ? 1 in every 5 people in the UK get recurring cold sores I’ve done some research into this and here are my best ways to get rid of it and prevent it.
While doing my research I came across people recommending products like witch hazel, distilled vinegar, and alcohol to help with cold sores. now I couldn’t have found any information to clinically prove that they’re effective for this. so I can’t really advise on them. but if you’ve tried them and it helped or they haven’t helped leave a comment below and let us know.
Causes of Cold Sores
Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus, the type 1 strain. And the virus infects through the moist inner layer skin of the mouth. And this is through skin-to-skin contact. After infection, the virus settles in a nearby nerve sheath and remains there for the rest of your life. Now it’s usually inactive and you have no symptoms but sometimes it activates and travels to your mouth area and causes a cold sore blister.
How to cure?
So what we can do at this point is to look at the triggers which are activating the virus and try and avoid the ones that we can.
Stress! stress can reduce your immune system giving the virus a chance to attack. So breathe deeply, relax and try these great relaxation techniques which I’ve left below to reduce your stress.
Sleep! get more of it. So you’re not fatigued and if you have difficulty sleeping I have written a blog so check it out.
Wind and sun! the sun is somewhere up there. dry lips can leave you vulnerable to an outbreak. so wear lip balm to prevent chapping in the cold and in the sun wear an SPF 15 lip balm or higher.
Cold sores can easily be passed on to other people when you have one so avoid kissing, oral sex and sharing anything that comes in contact with your cold sore. Now let’s move on to self-care advice.
Try not to touch or pick the cold sore. Because you might damage the blister which can spread the virus everywhere. Only ever touch it when you’re applying the cream but remember these cold sores usually go on their own within 10 days.
Aciclovir cream now it doesn’t kill the virus and it doesn’t affect existing blisters. But it may prevent it from becoming worse. If you are going to use it I suggest that you use it as soon as you get the first signs of a cold sore coming up. That way it may not last as long or be as severe.
When applying the cream wash your hands before and after. Also, don’t rub in the cream dab it on to avoid damaging the blister. And the reason for this was explained earlier. There is debate as to how well acyclovir cream actually works but I guess it is an option. And lastly, if you have any pain or swelling from your cold sore then speak to your pharmacist about taking paracetamol and ibuprofen for it.
If you have any tips that work for you which help with cold sores then leave a comment below I’d love to read what works for people all over the world. Always check any medication you purchase with your pharmacist or doctor to make sure it’s okay for you to use please remember to always read the information leaflet comes with your medicines. And if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask your pharmacist. And if you like the blog, if you found it helped make sure to spread the word to friends and family by sharing.