Cold sores can be unsightly and uncomfortable, so why do you get them? Unfortunately, there’s no good news as they’re the product of a viral infection. Like with other viral infections, the outcome could be worse in some than others. The key however is to treat it as quickly as possible. When you feel one coming on, start countermeasures immediately.
The virus responsible for these cold sores is the Herpes simplex virus. Before you start stressing, the Herpes zoster virus is responsible for chickenpox. The Herpes virus may cause other infections as well, but for the most part, it’s treatable if you react quickly.
There are many treatments available for cold sores with some being available over the counter at your local pharmacy. Some of the available options may include Luminance RED or other creams and ointments specifically made to treat cold sores fast. There are people that prefer more alternative and natural ways of treating their cold sores like using aromatherapy oils as one method.
Here are some tips on how to quickly get rid of cold sores:
1. Prescription Treatments Available
There are various creams, ointments, or even oral medication available to treat cold sores when they appear. Some would need a prescription from a medical doctor, but others may even be available over the counter at the pharmacy.
If you need assistance with cold sores or they don’t seem to improve with your usual go-to treatment for them, you might need to consider making an appointment at your doctor so they can help with a prescription for the correct treatment for you.
2. Honey And Propolis Advantages
Honey and propolis (another product derived from bees) have been documented as powerful anti-viral agents and good for your health in many different ways.
Being another natural alternative, you can try to apply it to the cold sore for quick relief. Make sure that you buy a pure, natural, and sustainably farmed honey or propolis product to ensure that you’ll be able to use it for years to come as well.
3. Using Apple Cider Vinegar
This is one of the natural solutions that you may want to try. There has long been written about all the benefits of apple cider vinegar and treating cold sores may also be added to the list.
A good quality apple cider vinegar, preferably with the ‘mother’ added, would be the best buy for treating cold sores. The antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties of apple cider vinegar may contribute to quick relief from cold sores.
4. Aromatherapy Options
The oils used in aromatherapy are derived from naturally occurring plants and trees, making this a great natural option. Some of the oils that people have reported to quickly assist with cold sores are tea tree, lemon, eucalyptus, ginger, thyme, hyssop, sandalwood, and peppermint. When using the oils, it may be best to dilute them with a carrier oil so you don’t damage healthy skin if the oil is too strong.
When buying these oils, you’d also want to test for allergies first before using the oil or the carrier oil used to dilute the aroma oil. Both the aromatherapy oil and the carrier oil may cause allergic reactions in some, so always make sure before you buy them.
5. Lysine As An Alternative
Lysine is an amino acid that’s naturally occurring in the body. There have been reports that the lack of this essential amino acid or the lowered levels available in the body may contribute to the formation of cold sores.
You may find Lysine supplements available in a cream or ointment form or as an oral supplement that you can take daily as directed. Remember to check with your healthcare professional before taking any supplements.
Putting It All Together
Although none of us want to have these cold sores affecting our social life, they’re a natural occurrence and could be more prevalent in some people than others.
From the tips here, you can see that there are many options available that may help you get your cold sores sorted out quickly. You just need to find the one that’s most beneficial for you. People are different and their bodies won’t react in the same way for everyone. Some prefer the medical options over the natural ones and some may want to add the supplements.
Whichever you decide on, make sure that it’s the one best suited to your needs and that you have cleared its use with your doctor. With many options to choose from, cold sores could be going gone before you know it!
Author’s Bio: Shelly I. Jones is a 37-year-old certified aromatherapist that has long struggled to get her own cold sores under control. She has explored many options to quickly find relief and now shares them with friends, colleagues, and others. In her free time, she offers free talks on the benefits of the various aromatherapy options at her local community center.