How to Heal a Cold Sore Naturally

A cold sore, also commonly called a fever blister, is caused by the herpes simplex virus and is spread from one person to another through infected bodily fluids. After an initial cold sore outbreak the herpes virus stays dormant in the body, but sores can emerge again at any time. Left alone, a cold sore will usually heal on its own within a few days. To help it heal faster, there are many natural remedies you can try at home.

1 : Healing a cold sore through diet - 

Increase the amount of high-lysine foods in your diet during the cold sore outbreak. Lysine is a protein that helps the body heal and prevents cold sores. Choose lean meats and dairy products such as yogurt, eggs, milk and cheese. These foods are all high in lysine.

 

Avoid foods that are high in arginine. Arginine is also a protein, but one that serves as a building block for the herpes virus, helping it to spread. The highest concentrations of arginine are found in whole grains, seeds, nuts and chocolate.

 

Stay away from acidic foods. This is particularly important if they will come in contact with the cold sore should you eat them. The herpes virus thrives in an acidic environment, so it is important to keep all acid away from the sores. Acidic foods to avoid include citrus fruits, tomatoes and anything with vinegar.

 

Eat to boost your immune system and help your body to fight off the virus.Include plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet daily. Some of the best choices for boosting the immune system are cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, onion and garlic.

Supplement your diet by taking a good multivitamin and vitamin C supplement daily.

2 : Treating with ice -

Ice the cold sore as soon as you feel it forming. Repeat the application regularly. The herpes virus requires a moist, warm environment to grow. Cool the sore and keep it from warming back up to prevent it from growing bigger and to speed up healing.

3 : Treating with lemon -

Apply lemon balm or lemon extract directly to the sore. Soak a cotton ball in the lemon and dab it on the cold sore 2 to 3 times a day.

Make a salt, milk and lemon juice treatment. Add a little lemon juice and milk to salt. Roll into a ball. Dab on the cold sore once a day. After application, dab a little aloe vera on the cold sore.

4 : Treating with salt -

Put salt on a cold sore. Moisten your finger and then dip it in regular table salt. Put your salty finger on the cold sore and press gently for 30 seconds to allow the salt time to enter the sore.

5 : Treating with herbs-

Use a topical oil, such as lavender oil or melissa oil. Both are known to speed the healing of cold sores. Apply the oil to the sore several times a day.

6: Treating with tea-

Apply a teabag to a cold sore. Soak a tea bag in hot water, allow it to cool, and then apply the wet bag to the sore for 5 to 10 minutes. Use a fresh tea bag and repeat the process every 1 to 2 hours.



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