Cold sores are groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus, which enters the body through the skin mainly around the mouth. It is usually spread when a person touches a cold sore or touches infected fluid-such as from sharing eating utensils or razors, kissing an infected person, or touching that person’s saliva.
Cold sores will usually start to heal on their own within a few days. But if they cause pain or make you feel embarrassed, they can be treated. Treatment may include skin creams, ointments, or sometimes pills. But you can also treat them by using some home remedies. Here are 4 top home remedies that can take care of cold sores.
1. Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree can dry cold sores quickly so that you can get rid of them fast and it also has antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral properties. It can help to reduce the size of your cold sore by as much as 50 percent over night. Simply dab this oil onto your cold sore using a cotton ball up to twice a day for three days.
2. Milk: Whole milk is known to contain immune gamma globulin, which is a protein that acts as an antibody to produce an immune response against the herpes simplex virus. Milk also has L-lysine, which is an essential amino acid vital for inhibiting the actions of arginine amino acid, to speed up the cold sore healing process and prevent their outbreak in the future. Soak a cotton ball in about two teaspoons of milk and apply it on the infected area. Leave it for some hours, and then wipe it clean using a towel.
3. Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide acts as an effective disinfectant against causes for fever blisters. Studies indicate that a warm and moist environment much facilitate the effects of the herpes virus. Applying this ingredient keeps the infected area clean, dry, and free of moisture, thus providing a non-conducive environment that this virus can thrive. Dip a clean cotton ball it in about 3% of hydrogen peroxide and apply it on the cold sores. Relax for a few minutes, and dry the area with a clean washcloth. Repeat this practice for three days three times a day.
4. Peppermint Oil: Peppermint oil may help to kill the virus that is causing your cold sore which will shorten the duration. It has antiviral properties and act as a perfect disinfectant against oral herpes. Rinse this affected area with clean water, and then soak a wet cotton ball in Peppermint Oil and apply it on the area. Do this routine three times per day.