16 Ways to Prevent and Get Rid of Cold Sores

16 Ways to Prevent and Get Rid of Cold Sores - A cold sore is not welcome on your face, or anywhere else, for that matter. Not only are they cosmetically unappealing, they can be downright painful. Here are 16 ways to prevent and get rid of cold sores
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A cold sore is not welcome on your face, or anywhere else, for that matter. Not only are they cosmetically unappealing, they can be downright painful. Let’s get over the fact they’re caused by the herpes virus. We all know it, and that aspect gets far too much attention.

 

Defining cold sores simply for what they are, they are small, fluid filled lesions that pop up generally on or around your lips. The blisters often group together, and after they break, a crust forms over the resulting sore.

 

There is no true cure for the virus, or the cold sores. The bright side is that there are preventative measures you can take that lessen outbreaks, severity, and duration.

 

If the bothersome blisters do show up, there are a decent number of home remedies for cold sores that may ease your discomfort, and help diminish their appearance.

 

Just because there is no cure, doesn’t mean you’re stuck using irritating prescription face creams or having a cold sore that hangs around for an eternity.

 

Below are 16 ways to prevent and get rid of cold sores

 

  1. Enjoy vanilla

 

Vanilla extract, the real, good, pure, vanilla extract, is a natural cold sore remedy some people swear by. The thought process is that its alcohol based, and running along those lines, makes it hard for the virus to thrive and either wipes it out or lessens the severity and length of the outbreak.

 

If you want to use vanilla to prevent and get rid of cold sores, try and get it organic, and try to start using it the second you feel the tingling set it.

 

You will need…
-a cotton swab or cotton pad
-pure vanilla extract

 

Directions…
Soak cotton pad or swab in vanilla until thoroughly saturated. Apply directly to sore, holding the swab or pad in place for a minute or so. Do this four times daily until no longer needed.

 

  1. Snag some licorice

 

One of the more random natural remedies for cold sores that you can use is licorice. Glycyrhizic acid, an ingredient in licorice root, has been shown in some studies to stop the virus cells in their nasty little tracks-or at least counteract the symptoms of them. This is thanks to its anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.

 

A way to glean something positive from this isn’t to go munch on a bunch of licorice whips, but rather get some licorice powder, and make a cream.

 

To prevent and treat cold sores, you can also try drinking licorice tea daily, though that doesn’t seem as effective as topical treatment.

 

You will need…
-1 tablespoon licorice root powder or extract
-1/2 teaspoon fresh water OR approximately 2 teaspoons petroleum jelly

 

Directions…
Mix one tablespoon of licorice root powder to ½ teaspoon of fresh water, or however much you need to get the consistency of cream you want, making sure to add in small increments.

 

Another option to prevent and treat cold sores is to mix it with petroleum jelly, which on its own can help speed up the healing process of cold sores.

 

If you opt for this, start with a teaspoon of the petroleum jelly and mix it with the licorice root. You can work your way up to your desired consistency from there.

 

Gently dab (a cotton swab is handy for this) a thin layer over the sore, making sure to get it completely covered. Leave it on for at least several hours, or overnight if possible.

 

  1. Toss your toothbrush

 

Throw out your toothbrush after the blister has formed, and toss it once the sore has cleared up. A toothbrush is the perfect vessel to carry the virus, and you can end up triggering an outbreak in yourself if you re-use the same toothbrush again and again.

 

This is a preventative measure, since it can stop an outbreak or cut it short, it’s well worth doing.

 

  1. Hands off

 

It may sound obvious, but it can be near an impossible to resist picking at that crusty little (or big) patch by your mouth. Almost subconsciously you can end up bothering it, or very consciously, you just want to peel it off and be done with it.

 

Whatever your motive, resist touching the sore-even just reaching up to touch it and see if it somehow shrunk-as those actions can cause a bacterial infection. That’s the last thing you need.

 

They are also so highly contagious that even touching your sore and then accidentally rubbing your eye, or somewhere else on your body, could cause them to spread (they aren’t confined just to the mouth, you know.)

 

  1. Get milk

 

Putting a whole milk compress on your sore can help speed up the healing, and ease pain. The reason? Milk contains proteins known as immunoglobulins, which are essentially anti-bodies that fight off and prevent viruses-like herpes.

 

Milk also contains l-lysine. L-lysine helps inhibit the wicked work of an ammino acid called arginine, which has been shown to cause outbreaks, and may help speed up the healing process as well.

 

In short to prevent outbreaks, drink whole milk and get your dose of l-lysine. To help cold sores that have already erupted, make a whole milk compress to soothe the pain and fight off the virus.

 

You will need…
-1/2 cup to 1 cup of whole milk, plus a tablespoon or 2 extra
-cotton balls or cotton pads

 

Directions
Soak a cotton ball in approximately 1 tablespoon of milk, and apply it directly to the cold sore for several minutes. Before doing this you can either let the milk come to room temperature or, if you prefer, you can apply it cold.

 

Use a clean towel moistened with water to dab off the milky residue at the end. If you feel you need it, apply a dab of petroleum jelly.

 

  1. Wipe it out with hydrogen peroxide

 

Anyone who had a parent that put hydrogen peroxide on a scrape knows that it’s not exactly pleasant. The good news is that it’s a lot less traumatic to use at your own will, nor does it seem to hurt as bad now that you’ve grown up a bit. Love it or hate it, the solution can be an effective cold sore remedy.

 

Hydrogen peroxide disinfects, healing up speeding, and makes it hard for the surfaced sore to spread or worsen. The blister is already bothered and infected, at the very least virally, and keeping it clean can ultimately make it go away faster.

 

You will need…
-1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide
-cotton balls, cotton pads, or facial tissue

 

Directions
Soak a cotton ball in 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Use more if you feel it isn’t saturated enough.

 

Place the cotton ball directly on your sore- it’s probably going to sting-and hold it there for a few seconds, or dab it around. Let it be for 5 minutes or so, allowing it to do its job, before rinsing off.

 

  1. Be minty fresh

 

Peppermint oil is thought to have properties that directly kill virus particles outside of your cells, like the ones floating around an erupted cold sore which makes it a great option to prevent and get rid of cold sores.

 

It won’t help to ingest peppermint oil because it only attacks the virus escaped from your cells.

 

What we mean by it being “outside” of your cells is that herpes simplex virus usually resides beneath the skin, lurking and waiting for a trigger to make it rear its ugly head. When its’ erupted, it is accessible to treat with the oil.

 

When applied directly to a cold sore, people have found that the sore healed faster than usual-especially when applied at the very first sign of one.

 

You will need…
-Good quality peppermint oil
-1 cotton swab
-a bit of fresh water

 

Directions
First, use a bit of water to rinse the surface of the cold sore. Doing so gets away some of the surface gunk that would make it harder for the oil to really sink in and do its best.

 

Then, dip a cotton swab in clean water and then dip it into the peppermint oil. This is to dilute it a bit, making it less likely to irritate your skin. Try this twice daily until it is no longer needed.

 

  1. Take Echinacea

 

There are a couple of people I am quite close to who drink Echinacea tea religiously and swear by it. Every time I come down with a bug they give me the “I am not sick now am I?” look, with a meaningful nod at their mug of tea.

 

The reason they get away with their smugness is because Echinacea bolsters your immune system and its defenses, making it harder to catch bugs, and shortening how long you are affected by them.

 

While not yet proven it may help prevent cold sore outbreaks which often show when the immune system is weakened.

 

You will need…
-1 bag of Echinacea tea
-1 cup freshly boiled water

 

Directions
Place your bag in a mug and pour boiling water over it. Cover-a plate works well-and let it steep for 10 minutes. Squeeze the juice out of the bag when you remove it to get all the extra good stuff.

 

  1. Load up on vitamins E and C

 

Vitamins are good for us, and for our cold sores-and by good for our cold sores, I really mean bad for them. Vitamin C has been shown to boost white blood cell count, and white blood cells are the body’s defenders.

 

When something like an infection sets in the brave little cells head into battle, and having more of them means you’ll be more effective at fighting off the infection, which in this case is herpes.

 

Vitamin E, when applied topically, has been found to relieve the irritating and painful discomfort of cold sores, as well as minimize scarring.

 

You can get the vitamins through an oral supplement, oil (in the case of vitamin E) and-the best way-through your diet.

 

Vitamin C rich foods include
-red berries
-kiwi
-broccoli
-tomatoes
-red and green bell peppers
-spinach (little did Popeye know he was onto a cure for cold sores)

 

Vitamin E rich foods include
-nuts
-leafy green vegetables
-whole grain
-avocados

 

  1. Corn starch paste

 

If you’ve worked with corn starch before in your attempt to prevent and get rid of cold sores, you’ll be familiar with its fine, almost silky, texture-it seems like it could be soothing to a cold sore, doesn’t it?

 

I would say so, and it can indeed help relieve the itchy burning pain of a sore when directly applied.

 

The less obvious reason as to why corn starch makes a pleasant home remedy for cold sores is the fact that it neutralizes the pH of the sore- the virus thrives in an overly-acidic environment-and creates an alkaline state (alkaline is the opposite of acidic.)

 

To seek relief, and shorten the duration of your cold sore, simply whip up a silky-smooth corn starch paste.

 

You will need…
-1 tablespoon of corn starch
-1 teaspoon of fresh water to start

 

Measure out 1 tablespoon of corn starch and place in a small bowl. Mix in 1 teaspoon of fresh water. Add more water slowly until you achieve a paste-like consistency.

 

Put a dab on your cold sore before bed, and rinse off gently with water in the morning. Do this nightly until cold sore is gone.

 

  1. Dab on some witch hazel

 

The leaves and bark of North American witch hazel have been used medicinally for years, namely by Native Americans, and have now become quite commercialized.

 

Nowadays you don’t have to worry about tracking down a plant and stripping off its leaves and bark since you can find a bottle of witch hazel, or witch hazel hydrosol, at just about any pharmacy or general store.

 

Since it does not produce enough oil to sell as an essential oil, the hydrosol is a distilled liquid version. It has been shown to help with a number of maladies, particularly in skin care, with emphasis on acne, bruises, insect bites, blisters and, if you hadn’t guessed by now, cold sores.

 

You will need…
-1 teaspoon of witch hazel
-cotton swab or cotton pad

 

Soak a cotton pad or the end of a cotton swab in witch hazel. Dab directly onto your sore, and leave on. Do this 1-2 times daily as needed.

 

  1. Grab some aloe gel

 

The go-to for soothing minor skin irritations, aloe vera gel can provide quick relief from the pain of a cold sore once it blisters. It also fights off bacteria that may be irritating the sore more, and may make it go away faster.

 

Being so dependable, aloe is often touted as being one of the best natural remedies for skin problems there is. The best way to benefit from it is to have an aloe plant.

 

They’re not hard to come by, they’re hardy (I got one when I was five and it managed to survive my care for years,) and best of all, they’re useful and inexpensive. If you cannot get an aloe plant, find a good gel sold in stores.

 

You will need…
-1 aloe plant OR ½ teaspoon of aloe vera gel

 

Directions…
Break off the end of one fleshy, succulent, leaf. Directly apply the gel to your sore. If you absolutely cannot come by a plant, dab a cotton swab in roughly ½ teaspoon aloe vera gel and apply directly. Leave on.

 

  1. Ice it

 

Looks aside, cold sores hurt. They can really, really hurt. Think about what they are-little fluid filled boo-boos that burst, blister, and form a crust. Kind of like constipation, they aren’t taken very seriously.

 

If you complain about constipation pain-which can land you in the E.R., by the way-all people think is “poop” and then they tune out. With cold sores, most people think “herpes” and then move on-especially since cold sores are so common.

 

To numb the pain that some people just don’t understand (and the injustice of it all) try holding an ice cube directly on the sore for as long as possible, and then put on a dab of petroleum jelly.

 

The jelly will help keep bacteria out, and will lessen that tight, skin-splitting sensation that sometimes happens when a blister gets too dry, as it might after using an ice cube. It’s along the same lines of how licking chapped lips makes them worse.

 

You will need…
-1 to 2 fresh ice cubes, or an ice pack
-A bit of petroleum jelly

 

Directions…
Take a nice chilly ice cube, which would be most of them, and hold it on your sore for as long as possible, or use an ice pack. When you’ve finished, pat any obviously remaining water gently from the sore and apply a dab of petroleum jelly.

 

  1. Wear sunscreen-even on your lips

 

Exposure to light, namely UV light, seems to be a very contributing factor in outbreaks. When you hit the beach, or even just go for a summer time stroll, apply sunscreen to your face, and apply lip balm with an SPF value of no less than 15.

 

Indeed it may take you longer to get a crazy tan, but it’s a very, very, small sacrifice to make when you think of the painful cold sores erupting, and damage to your skin.

 

  1. Wash it all away

 

You don’t have to go dump every single thing you own when you get a cold sore, but like your toothbrush, its best to get rid of some things that come in contact with your lips/mouth area-such as lip balm, or make up tools.

 

In addition to this, wash your hands each and every time you touch, or even think you touch, your cold sore. While you’re always contagious, it’s easiest spread the virus when there’s an open blister and you may keep causes outbreaks if you continue using contaminated items.

 

  1. Quarantine right away

 

The moment you feel the tingling sensation that precedes a cold sore flare up, start your treatment. Since there is no “cure” sometimes preventative measures work best, and nipping it in the bud seems to help boost the effectiveness of the treatment afterwards well as shorten the sores existence.

 

When it all comes down to it at the end of the day, you have a virus that will never go away completely until a true cure is found for herpes simplex. That being said, your world does not have to come to a crashing halt when a sore pops up.

 

Use common sense, try to get to it in the beginning, and patiently treat it, keeping in mind that the remedy that works best for you will probably take some trial and error.

 

Since you’ll probably be living together for a while, it’s good to remember that the less you bother your cold sore (i.e. picking at it or using unnecessarily harsh chemicals) the less it will bother you.

 

You can also watch this Video HERE to learn about other ways to prevent and get rid of cold sores.

Wet…or dry? A word on cold sore living conditions

 

There are generally two chains of thought when it comes to treating cold sores. One is to dry them out, while the other is to keep them moist. Some people say the virus festers in a moist environment, others say it makes no difference and you’ll be uncomfortable with a dry, cracked, split, scab.

 

There isn’t much official research done on this, but from personal experience, I’d have to toss in with the “wet” lot. Putting a dab of petroleum jelly on a sore is a life-saver. The pain of a dry scab ripping open again and again is too much for me-not to mention I WILL pick at it if it’s all crusty.

 

Perhaps with a bit more clout is the Mayo Clinic which, according to their website, also endorses the moist route for treating cold sores.

 

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Why Prebiotics Are Really Absolutely Important for Health?

 

Why Prebiotics Are Really Absolutely Important for Health? Read on here to understand why prebiotics are important for health and what the best prebiotics foods are.
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Probiotics, also known as beneficial bacteria, have hit the mainstream market with gusto, and can now be found not only as supplements in health food stores but also are added to popular foods like yogurt, protein bars, kefir and even ice cream.

 

With revenues of $1.3 billion, and about 150 companies already devoted to the probiotics market in North America alone, the stage is set for these functional foods to really take off.

 

In case you haven’t heard, probiotics are most widely known for optimizing the microflora in your gut, thereby enhancing digestive health.

 

But they have also been highlighted as beneficial for a laundry list of other health conditions, from diabetes and mental health issues to obesity.

 

While recognition for probiotics is growing strong, their lesser-known “cousins,” prebiotics, are much less talked about — but they deserve their own fair share of the limelight.

 

What are prebiotics?

 

You can also watch this Video HERE to get a better understanding of prebiotics

 

Prebiotics are the “Food” for Your Probiotics

 

Prebiotics are non-digestible substances that stimulate the growth and/or activity of beneficial microorganisms like probiotics in your digestive tract.

 

In other words, prebiotics “feed” the probiotics in your gut, allowing them to flourish. When probiotics and prebiotics are taken together, they are called “synbiotics,” which work synergistically to enhance the probiotics’ beneficial effects.

 

There is some evidence that prebiotics may, directly or indirectly, benefit your immune system, as well as improve gastrointestinal health and possibly enhance the absorption of minerals like calcium and magnesium. Their primary role, however, at least as it’s been discovered so far, is to promote the growth of beneficial bacterial, allowing you to reap their full protective benefits to your health.

 

In addition to improving your digestive health, emerging evidence suggests enhancing the proliferation of probiotics in your gut, which prebiotics have been proven to do, may benefit:

 

 

What are the Best Prebiotic Foods?

 

The dietary fiber inulin (or fructan) is one of the most common types of naturally occurring prebiotics. Inulin is found in many root vegetables, including:

 

  • Asparagus
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Onion
  • Artichokes
  • Jicama root

 

Another common source of prebiotics, which is often added to supplements and prebiotic-fortified foods, is FOS, or fructo-oligosaccharides.

 

Both Jerusalem artichokes and chicory root are excellent natural sources of FOS, if you would like to get them from dietary sources instead of supplements. Bananas and whole grains also contain some prebiotics.

 

By making sure you are giving your body’s beneficial microorganisms proper “food” (prebiotics stimulate the growth of more than just probiotics, per say), you can help support the living “ecosystem” in your gut, and ensure the bacteria your body needs to thrive will overpower those that cause disease.

 

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Unlike most treatments which only deliver temporary relief, if any at all, muscle balance therapy delivers lasting relief to 8 out of 10 people who use it because it addresses the underlying cause of the pain, not just the symptoms.

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13 Effective but Unusual Health Tips You Should Know - It’s often said that truth is stranger than fiction, and in the realm of your health this is often the case. These unusual health tips may sound counterintuitive, but they can actually result in some very real benefits to your health.
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It’s often said that truth is stranger than fiction, and in the realm of your health this is often the case. The tips that follow may sound counterintuitive, but they can actually result in some very real benefits to your health.

 

Unusual Health Tips #1 – Balance on One Leg While You Get Dressed in the Morning

 

This simple act forces you to engage your core muscles and balance. Physiotherapist Tom Salzman told the Mirror: “This simple daily act will offer significant long-term benefits when it comes to staying active for longer and protecting against falls and broken bones as you get older.”

 

Unusual Health Tips #2 – Massage Your Hand or Ear to Smoke Fewer Cigarettes

 

This type of self-massage helps alleviate smoking-related anxiety, reduces cravings and withdrawal symptoms, improves mood, and reduces the number of cigarettes smoked among smokers. (Exercise also helps with this.)

 

Unusual Health Tips #3 – Walk Barefoot to Relieve Pain

 

Your body can benefit from the Earth’s continuous supply of free electrons, which are absorbed by your body via direct contact with the Earth. These electrons have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers that have been shown to reduce chronic pain (and much more).

 

To benefit, you need to walk barefoot on the Earth (leather-soled shoes will also conduct some electrons, but rubber- or plastic-soled shoes will not). This process is known as Grounding or Earthing.

 

Unusual Health Tips #4 – Use Black Pepper to Stop Bleeding

 

If you find yourself with a wound that won’t stop bleeding … seek medical attention if it’s serious. If it’s more of a nuisance, or if you’re waiting for help to arrive, cover it in black pepper and apply pressure. This antibacterial, antiseptic, pain-relieving spice is excellent to help stop bleeding.

 

Unusual Health Tips #5 – Put Raw Honey on a Wound

 

Honey (especially raw honey) has antibacterial properties and live enzymes, so you can use it to help speed wound healing and soothe minor skin irritations and blemishes.

 

Unusual Health Tips #6 – Eat Burned Toast and Drink Black Tea if You Have Food Poisoning

 

According to Georgianna Donadio, PhD, director of the National Institute of Whole Health, consuming a few slices of burned toast and black tea may help you feel better faster, courtesy of the toxicant-neutralizing tannic acid and charcoal they contain.

 

Unusual Health Tips #7 – Drink Pomegranate Skin Tea to Soothe Upset Stomach and Diarrhea

 

The skin from a pomegranate can be steeped in boiling water to make a tea. Drinking this is useful for calming an upset stomach and relieving diarrhea. As a bonus, you can keep the dried skin for up to six months and it will still be effective.

 

Unusual Health Tips #8 – Drink Water to Reduce Bloating

 

Bloating is sometimes the result of dehydration, so drinking water can help to relieve it. In addition, according to James Lee, MD, a gastroenterologist, in Health:

 

“Water mixes with water soluble fiber and makes it into a gel like substance. This affects the motility of the gut and reduces the symptom of bloating.”

 

Unusual Health Tips #9 – Eat Coconut to Lose Weight

 

Coconut oil is high in saturated fat, but contrary to what you may have heard, it can actually help you to slim down. Coconut oil is rich in medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCTs), which help to boost metabolism and are less likely to be stored as fat (because they’re more easily used up for energy). One study found, for instance, that supplementing your diet with coconut oil (rich in saturated fat) helps to reduce abdominal obesity.

 

Unusual Health Tips #10 – Tap on Your Forehead to Reduce Food Cravings

 

In a recent study, tapping on your forehead and ear with your index finger was found to significantly reduce food cravings. It works via distraction, which the researchers said could be used as a weight-loss strategy.

 

Unusual Health Tips #11 – Sniff Olive Oil to Eat Less

 

Simply smelling certain foods may instead trick your brain into believing you’ve eaten it, helping you to feel full faster — and ultimately lose weight. The smell of olive oil, for instance, may help with weight loss, as people exposed to its scent had improved blood sugar responses as well as ate fewer calories.

 

Unusual Health Tips #12 – Have More Sex to Live Longer

 

Assuming its done with a monogamous partner, having more sex is linked with increased lifespan, pain relief, weight loss, a stronger immune system, lower risk of heart disease, increased self-esteem, lower blood pressure and healthier responses to stress!

 

Unusual Health Tips #13 – Pet Your Dog to Lower Your Blood Pressure

 

If you’re feeling particularly stressed or anxious, or if you struggle with controlling your blood pressure, simply petting a dog has been shown to lower blood pressure levels and reduce heart rate.

 

Watch this Video HERE for some more unusual health tips

 

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