Cold sores can be very painful, and last up to two weeks at a time. What is worse for sufferers is that the virus causing the skin eruptions (herpes simplex type 1) never goes away completely. It remains dormant in nerve endings, until stress, illness, the sun or some other change in the body triggers it. The virus is extremely contagious, passed on through contact with saliva. For this reason, cups should always be thoroughly washed, and towels and make-up shouldn’t be shared. The sores that appear usually split and weep, which is naturally distressing and causes a lot of pain. If you are looking for an effective cold sore remedy, then read on for some helpful ideas.
Apply Whole Milk
The first of our cold sore remedies is simple, whole milk. It contains a fat called ‘monocaprin’, which some studies suggest may slow or even halt the herpes virus. Applying it to the infected area will be soothing for the burning and pain.
Garlic is used in all sorts of medicines because of its anti-virus and bacteria properties. Taken raw it can harm the stomach lining in large quantities, so once you have cleared it with your doctor, try garlic extract capsules instead.
Applying a slice of lemon onto the skin is claimed by many sufferers to reduce the amount of attacks they have. Use it at the very beginning of an outbreak when you get that tingling feeling, and regularly swap it for a fresh slice. Don’t use lemon on an open sore though, or it will sting like crazy!
Some studies have found that glycyrrhizic acid, found in real licorice, may halt the herpes virus. It can be eaten as sweets or whips, or can be bought in powdered form. Be sure to only buy products containing ‘licorice mass’ to be sure that it is real.
Use Herpeset Spray
This cold sore remedy is a homeopathic spray contains only natural ingredients, such as plant and flower extracts. It targets all of the symptoms of cold sores, so you don’t have to use lots of different remedies. Ingredients have been selected to treat pain, swelling, burning, cracking/weeping and redness. Trials have found that it does not have any known reactions with other medicines, so it is considered safe for all to use (you should always tell your doctor though, before starting any new treatment).
Herpeset is regulated by the Food and Drug Association, so you can be assured this cold sore medicine has undergone rigorous testing. It is also backed by a money-back guarantee, which will reassure many new users. Lots of reviews for this spray have said that their symptoms were gone within seven days, and even stopped altogether when they used it for a longer term. If you wish to learn more about this remedy, please click here to read about other sufferers’ experiences.