Cold sores are also called fever blisters or oral herpes. This is basically viral disease, caused by Herpes Simplex Virus. Herpes is a general term used for diseases. There are basically two types of herpes; oral herpes and genital herpes. Oral herpes or cold sores or fever blisters are caused by HSV-1 while genital herpes is caused by HSV-2. HSV stands for Herpes Simplex Virus. Oral herpes affects mouth and face while genital herpes causes infection in genital areas includes vagina, penis, and anus. In medical science there is no permanent solution for this health condition, once the person is infected with this virus it remain inside in his body throughout his/her lifespan. According to some statistics 90% of world population in age range of 50 to 80 carries this virus. But the good news is that only small percentage of this a big infection carrying ratio shows symptoms of this disease. According to US statistics 50% children already infected with this virus. If you are infected with HSV-1 and having symptoms, then in this article we will explore some best solution for cold sores.
Treatment for cold sores is basically divided into three categories;
- Home Based Treatment
- Over the Counter Medicine
- Medical Treatment
Home Based Treatment for Cold Sores/Fever Blisters
Toothpaste for Healing Cold Sores
This is the trusted solution for treating cold sores. In this method toothpaste is used for eliminating fever blisters. Toothpaste comes with healing attributes to drastically reduce the inflammation associated with this condition. The proper method for getting optimum benefits from this home remedies to first thoroughly wash and clean the infected area with antibacterial agent to eliminate germs and bacterial from affected area. After cleaning the affected area then apply a good amount of toothpaste to the affected and gently press it allowing it to get access to the sores thoroughly. It is necessary to keep this paste for at least three days to show its effect on sores. After passing this three days treatment period clean the area and you will notice that the blister should have disappeared now.
Ice Treatment for Cold Sores
Ice is another working remedy for providing instant relief from cold sores; as ice will not reduce the outbreaks but is highly effective against inflammation and discomfort associated with this condition.
Include in your diet vitamin E and vitamin C rich food.
Other remedies include;
- Milk contains antibodies and l-lysine
- Peppermint, mint, and witch hazel oil
Over The Counter (OTC) Remedies for Cold Sores
Lemon balm is highly effective and comes with natural attributes for curtailing swelling and redness associated with this condition. One the drawback this treatment has that is can’t cope with pain associated with this condition. Researchers suggest that lip balm with at least one percent of lemon balm is necessary for showing its effect on this disease. Lemon balm has another benefit besides healing the current inflammation and swelling as it will reduces the chances of future flare-ups.
Lemon Compress or Lemon Tea
Lemon compress or lemon tea also comes with healing properties for effectively reducing cold sores as well as prevents future outbreaks.
Lysine is best for boosting immune system, you can use lysine cream or lysine supplement for healing this disease.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera is one of the important herb comes with healing benefits for many types of disease especially effective against inflammatory types of diseases. Aloe Vera Gel used for sunburn also comes with antiviral properties for reducing herpes simplex virus 1 symptoms. Three to four time daily use is recommended for getting optimum benefits from this gel.
Cold Sores Medical Treatment
Medical treatment for cold sore/fever blisters depends of mainly on patient history whether it is the primary or first time occurrence or recurrence of the disease.
Primary Cold Sores Medical Treatment:-
For first time flare-up of this condition your doctor may suggest you some antiviral. But these antiviral only works if the condition is caught in the very begging. There are different medicines your physician may prescribe;
- Acyclovir (Xerese, Zovirax)
- Famciclovir (Famvir)
- Penciclovir (Denavir)
- Valacyclovir (Valtrex)
Medical Treatment for Cold Sores Recurrence:-
Keep other area safe from this virus so avoid picking at the sores. Wash hands thoroughly after touching the infection. Further try to keep the affected area dry and clean so to avoid spreading of virus to other face area. The recurrence stage is not severe when compared to primary outbreak you physician may advise some antiseptic mouthwash. Other medication includes topical antiviral creams.