Put a Stop to Cold Sores

While some people have never had to experience cold sores, those who have know how embarrassing and unsightly they can be. Cold sores are a group of small blisters that spring up around the lips. The blisters break open, scab over, and are usually gone within two weeks. They’re caused by a strain of herpes virus which can cause sores around both the lips and the genitals. The virus typically enters the body through cracks in and around the mouth usually from someone who is currently experiencing a cold sore. They can also spread to other areas of the body.

How can I prevent cold sores?

  • Avoid all contact with anything the mouth of an infected person has touched. Because they are easy to identify, it is usually quite apparent when a person has a cold sore.
  • For those experiencing cold sores already, a doctor can prescribe medicine that can help prevent outbreaks.

What are the symptoms of cold sores?

  • Pain around the mouth and lips. For some, cold sores can be extremely painful.
  • Fever, sore throat, and swollen glands may afflict some people as well.

How do I get rid of cold sores?

  • Ointments and creams can be used but typically will only speed up the healing by one or two days.
  • Covering the cold sore with petroleum jelly will also speed healing and help prevent secondary infection from bacteria.
  • Chew on some real licorice, which has glycyrrhizic acid and stops the virus in its tracks. Sprinkling licorice powder on the sore itself is also helpful.
  • Apply tea tree oil to the cold sore several times per day to dry it out and expedite healing.
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