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Get Rid of Cold Sores with Natural Remedies

Cold sores can be painful, there’s no denying that. But they can also be a nuisance and an “eye-sore” as well. Luckily there are effective ways to address cold sores . . . and they don’t involve expensive or harmful medications. The next time you feel a cold sore coming on, try these natural remedies.

What causes cold sores?
Cold sores are caused by the Herpes simplex virus – type 1. But there are certain “triggers” that allow cold sores to come to the surface. For instance, stress can be a contributor to cold sore outbreaks, as can dietary choices.

The first signs of a cold sore are tingling and swelling in the affected area.  When this happens, the virus is coming out of dormancy and growing rather quickly.  But, you can actually “stop” the growth of the sore, which will speed up your recovery.

What are some treatment options?
The main thing to do when you feel a cold sore coming on is to treat it quickly. Many times, people wait until the sore has become large and is scabbed over.   At this point, all you can do is wait it out.  Usually, it will take 7 to 10 days to heal on its own.  This is because once the skin has been broken or scabbed over, the treatments to stop cold sores will not be effective.

There is no way to actually rid your body of the Herpes virus; therefore, it is imperative that you find ways to heal the sores quickly or even prevent them from ever forming. Believe it or not, your eating habits and lifestyle have a great impact on the healing time of a cold sore.

How can you treat or prevent cold sores naturally?

  • Lysine:  This essential amino acid can be found in food or supplements.  It is used to make protein, which is needed to produce infection-fighting antibodies, enzymes, hormones and body tissues.  It has been known to inhibit the spread of herpes simplex virus, type 1.  Lysine can be found in foods, such as red meat, milk, eggs, cheese, wheat germ and fish.   You can also take supplements of 1,000 mg three times a day.

  • Lemon Balm: Lemon balm has antiviral properties and promotes the healing of blisters in as little as five days. 

  • Reishi:  Reishi is a type of mushroom that has been used in traditional Asian medicines to strengthen the immune system.  It has been found that reishi can inhibit the spread of the herpes virus.  For greatest effectiveness, take 600 milligrams once or twice a day.  You should consult with your doctor before you take reishi, however, as it can delay blood clotting.

  • Resveratrol:  This compound is found in red grapes and has been shown to be active against the herpes simplex virus.  You can apply resveratrol cream topically two to five times a day. But it must be applied one to six hours after the infection began, otherwise this method will not have much of an effect.

  • Propolis:  Propolis (also called bee propolis) is a brownish resinous substance.  Bees actually collect it from the poplar and conifer bud and use it to seal their hives together to keep germs from getting in.    Studies have shown that propolis is effective in fighting against the herpes simplex virus type 1. It prevents the virus from entering the body’s cells and blocks the replication and spread of the virus.

These are just a few things you can do to help prevent and stop cold sores in their tracks.  Remember, the best thing to do is start treatment immediately after you begin to feel that tingling sensation.

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