How to Prevent Cold Sores in Early Stages?
Dr. Asmita Dhekne Chebbi
Btm 1st stage, Bengaluru May 7, 2019
Cold sores are also called as fever blisters and they are often caused by Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 (HSV-1). You may get it from contact with an infected person’s skin or body fluids. It damages your skin as it reproduces and leaves behind weepy sores that last about a week. Cold sores are most commonly seen on the outside of the mouth, lips, cheeks, nose, and fingers. According to the studies, 90% of the population gets at least one cold sore in a lifetime. They usually last for 7-10 days.
The best time to treat cold sores is when you start feeling tingling or itching around the mouth.
Natural Cold Sore Remedies
Immune Boosters: Have immune-boosting foods like yogurt, apple cider vinegar, kimchi, sauerkraut, and natto.
Vitamin E: It relieves the pain and discomfort from cold sores and also repairs damaged skin, reduces inflammation and antioxidant properties. Vitamin E rich foods are almonds, spinach, sweet potatoes, avocados, sunflower seeds, and olive oil.
Vitamin C: It helps in increasing white blood cell count and defends your body against invaders. Foods rich in vitamin C are Brussels, sprouts, broccoli, strawberries, grapefruit, and kiwi.
Zinc: It is a very essential mineral needed to maintain health, reduce inflammation and boost immunity. Foods rich in zinc are chickpeas, cashews, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, chicken, turkey, eggs, salmon, and mushrooms.
L-lysine: It is a natural amino acid which works as a natural herpes treatment. It is found in legumes, fish, turkey, chicken, and vegetables.
Use sunscreen: Use a sunscreen or avoid heavy sun exposure to reduce the number cold sore recurrences that you experience.
Aloe Vera gel: It contains antioxidants, vitamins, enzyme, minerals, and fatty acids that help to treat skin conditions like cold sores.
Peppermint Essential oil: According to the studies, peppermint oil exhibited high levels of virucidal activity against both HSV-1 and HSV-2.
Propolis: It is a resin material which is collected by the bees from botanicals and use to seal crevices in their beehives. It is high in antioxidants and also has antiviral properties.
Licorice Root: It has antiviral and antibacterial properties which prevent the virus from replicating.
How to prevent spreading a Cold Sore
The two main triggers of cold sores are stress and illness. To avoid cold sore outbreaks start living a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating right and exercising regularly. Do yoga, meditation to reduce stress. To avoid spreading the cold sore virus:
- Avoid intimate contact and another skin-to-skin contact.
- Don’t share items such as utensils, towels, or toothbrushes, cosmetics.
- Wash your hands every time after you apply any ointment or touch the sore.
- Replace your toothbrush when you get a cold sore to prevent reinfection, and replace it again after the sore has healed.