What causes a cold sore? A cold sore is a virus that strikes someone when their immune system is weakened. Cold sores usually remain on the body for about 14 days. Instead of running to the doctor, try a home remedy first.
Home Remedies for treating cold sores.
A common home remedy is to brew a tea bag and then place the tea bag to infected area. The tea bag fights the virus with the tannic acid found in the tea. Repeat daily.
Applying ice can calm the infection and stop it from getting bigger.
Coconut oil mixed with Dettol and Carbolic acid is an effective way to combat a cold sore. Apply topically to cold sore three times daily.
Witch hazel is a popular astringent used to get rid of cold sores. Follow directions on bottle.
Apply a couple of grains of common salt to cold sore and it will disappear in a couple of days.
Aloe Vera plant juice applied to cold sore daily for three days should get rid of a cold sore.
Soak white vinegar on a cotton ball and apply to infected area 4 times daily.
Sage and tea tree oil have been used as treatments for cold sores. Dip cotton ball into oil and dap on cold sore.
Lemon balm extract
Applying this daily to cold sore will speed up healing.
If you are prone to cold sores, you may need to start taking preventive measures to stop them from reoccurring.
How to prevent cold sores:
-Avoid acidic foods like oranges and lemons. Arginine found in foods like chocolate, grains, peas and oatmeal.
-Do not kiss someone who has a cold sore.
– Never share towels, razors, cups, etc. with someone who is suffering from cold sores.
– Use sunscreen lip balm on lips and surrounding areas to avoid cold sores.