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How to Heal a Cold Sore Naturally

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

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.

Homeopathic remedies for cold sore

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The term “cold sore” describes a group of blisters that form around the mouth and inside the nose. The sores can be irritating, unsightly, and very uncomfortable, but they are not dangerous. They are produced by a virus called herpes simplex. Most people have been exposed to the virus by the time they are five years old and build up a natural immunity so that they never produce cold sores.

The herpes simplex virus is related to the herpes virus that attacks the genital area. The latter is a sexually transmitted disease, and immunity to the cold sore virus does not mean that one is immune to genital herpes.

Herpes simplex virus type 1, or, less often, herpes simplex type 2 (the cause of genital herpes). The virus is spread from person to person by contact with fluid from a cold sore, saliva, contact with an item that has the germs on it, or sharing food or drinks with an infected person. The blisters and open sores can spread the virus until they heal.

Risk factor may trigger an outbreak of cold sores. Cold sores also recur for unknown reasons.

The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat cold sores but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to cure cold sores that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints.  For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of cold sores:

Belladonna, Hepar Sulph, Fluoric Acid, Bufo Rana, Coffea, Mezarium, Cistus Can, Silicea, Thuja, Zincum Met, Antim Crude, Arsenic Album, Dulcamara and many other medicines.