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Rachel Sebastian 6/16/2016
You can feel it coming on, as it usually presents itself when you least need it. A cold sore is your body's way of telling you it needs rest. You usually get a cold sore when you're stressed, tired, and have no juice left in the tank. Hormonal changes or extreme weather can also bring on the unwanted visitor.
Cold sores are often accompanied by a fever, nausea, tongue lesions, swollen glands and headaches. They're caused by Herpes Simplex Viruses, which are passed on by contact, such as sharing drinks or kissing. In fact as many as 90% of American adults suffer from exposure of the most common cold sore known as HSV-1. At the first onset, antiviral cream, antiseptic mouthwash and Ibuprofen will help with cold sore symptoms and hygiene, but you can also heal it quickly by using these easy remedies.
Try Vanilla Extract
The ingredient that makes any cookie recipe burst with flavor is also an amazing cold sore healer. Cold sores have no chance against pure vanilla extract's medicinal properties. The extract is also high in alcohol content, making a difficult atmosphere for the virus to live. Just dab a cotton swab in the extract and apply to the sore for a few minutes, four to five times a day.
The Ear Wax Cure
It may sound gross, but ear wax actually contains anti-staphylococcal, anti-micrococcal and anti-herpes properties. It's actually very reliable in treating cold sores and it's free. All you have to do is either insert a q-tip into your ear or use your clean and washed hands to dig it out with your nail, just make sure to be careful and gentle if using your fingers. After getting the ear wax out, just apply it to your cold sore to heal.
The Peppermint Oil Rescue
You can say goodbye to your cold sore with peppermint oil's antiviral and healing properties! It also includes methanol, which adds to the oil's healing and soothing substances. Dab a ball of cotton in the oil, and then apply it directly to the cold sore area. Repeat three times per day, and you will see some great results.
The Cornstarch Trick
Here's another kitchen remedy that you may have not tried! Cornstarch paste decreases inflammation and gets rid of the itchiness, two things that your cold sore needs most. Apply the paste with a cotton swab four to five times a day to see fast results.
The Magic Of Garlic
Garlic is a triple threat with its healing, antiseptic and antiviral properties - perfect for treating cold sores! You can ingest a few cloves of garlic (best to do so in the morning time) as well as crush the garlic and apply it directly to the sore.
Tea Tree Oil Relief
This oil can be especially helpful with treating and drying up cold sores. Dab the tea tree oil on a cotton swab and apply to the area a few times a day.
Could there be a simpler and more cost-effective treatment for cold sores? By holding an ice cube to the cold sore, you are not only preventing yourself from itching the wound, but are decreasing inflammation and itching.
Hydrogen Peroxide Heals
This antibacterial liquid is paramount for fighting cold sores. Not only does it clean the germs away, it will dry up the sore. Dab a small amount on a cotton swab and gently apply to the sore every three hours.
A Touch Of Licorice
Licorice speeds up the healing process of the cold sore and is extremely effective for stopping the growth from getting any bigger (and more painful!). It contains glycyrrhizic acid, which fights the germs and equips the body to knock out the virus. Mixing licorice powder with water to create a paste works wonderfully for applying straight to the cold sore. Additionally, you can add the licorice to petroleum jelly and apply regularly.
Milk It Out
Here's another fix that's straight from the kitchen! Milk will help sooth and heal the cold sore by applying it to the affected area with a cotton swab. Let it dry and repeat often to harness the healing effects of milk.
These remedies make a world of difference when you're dealing with a painful cold sore, as they both soothe and heal the tender sore. Keep in mind your immune system is paramount in warding off the cold sore virus, and living a healthy lifestyle is essential to keeping cold sores at bay.