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  • Writer's pictureBruce Salinger

Cold Sores - Don't Fret!

Having a cold sore can make you uncomfortable and just generally irritated and unhappy. While there is no cure for cold sores, there are some cold sore home remedy treatments that many people have gotten relief with. You may or may not experience the same results but it's worth a try to alleviate some of the pain and discomfort you're feeling, isn't it?

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus. This is not the same virus that causes genital herpes which is herpes simplex 2. The simplex virus 1 can be dormant in your body, often since childhood, until the right set of triggers occur and trigger a full fledged outbreak.

Of course if you can identify what triggers your outbreak you may be able to stop some of the outbreaks even before they start. Simple things like making sure you eat nutritiously (I know you may be wondering what that has to do with anything but the healthier your body is in general the easier time it will have fighting off all types of illnesses and infections).

Go easy on the things that aren't good for you like nicotine, too much caffeine and junk food. Instead get enough sleep, keep your body hydrated and try to keep your stress levels at a reasonable level. If you have a high stress job, for example, try to at least learn some techniques for de-stressing a little bit.

You could take a yoga class, learn to meditate or just go kickboxing, whatever you can do that will help you stay calm.

Now, here are some cold sore home remedy treatments for you to try;

1. Take an ice cube and apply it directly to the cold sore. Hold it in place until the cube has melted. This can be a little uncomfortable but if you can get rid of the cold sore more quickly it might be worth it. Once the ice cube has melted, take a dry towel and carefully dry the cold sore. Dab it, don't rub it. Once it's dry take a little rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball and dab the cold sore. This will sting, but the cold sore will be a little bit numb from the ice so not as bad as it could.

2. Take Lysine when you first feel a little tingle on your lip (this is usually the first sign that you are getting a cold sore) Use it 3 times daily and hopefully this will prevent the cold sore from actually forming in the first place. If you've never heard of Lysine, just go down to your local drug store and ask them where to find it.

3. Don't re-infect yourself by using the same toothbrush or toothpaste. Buy a new toothbrush and toothpaste at the first sign of an outbreak.

When you have an outbreak, or to prevent an outbreak, use one or more simple cold sore home remedy treatments to find the relief you need much more quickly than you might have thought possible.


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