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What are cold sores?

Cold sores or fever blisters are painful, small, fluid filled blisters that appear around the lips, gums, and the roof of the mouth. They are also called oral herpes and are caused by the herpes simplex virus, which may be contracted by infected saliva. They are different from canker sores which are not as infectious as cold sores.
A cold sore starts with soreness or swelling in the initial stages and soon the cold sores appear. In 2-3 days time they are filled with fluid and then they rupture and the fluids drain out. It becomes dry and you feel a burning sensation and in about 10-15 days they totally dry and disappear. They appear in clusters.

Natural cold sore treatment

  • The truth is that often alternative remedies are more helpful in cold sore treatments. Cold sore remedies are extremely beneficial when combined with dietary changes and dietary supplements. Lysine supplements are considered to be the best core sore remedies. They show greater effects in fighting against herpes virus. Food sources that provide lysine include red meat, eggs, milk, wheat germ, cheese, fish and brewer’s yeast.
  • The important point to remember in cold sore treatment is to avoid foods with arginine like peanuts, almonds and chocolates, as they prevent lysine absorption. In treating cold sores it is imperative for lysine to be absorbed into the blood stream for healing. Lysine supplements and ointments can also be used for the treatment of cold sores.
  • For natural cold sore remedy, lemon balm is highly useful as it aids in preventing future attacks with its antiviral characteristics. Reishi, a type of mushroom also called Ganoderma lucidum, is an Asian medicine which has been deemed to strengthen the immune system from olden times. A 600 mg dose twice a day is effective in preventing the spreading of cold sores. Most often it is taken with the herb astralagus which also aids in the cold sores cure. They help in boosting the immune system and fight the herpes viruses.
  • Peppermint oil can be applied directly on the sores and is the best treatment for healing cold sores in a short time. Sometimes it has adverse effects and can be toxic, so it is best taken after consultation with your doctor. Self heal, an herb found in China and Europe, is another excellent cold sore remedy. Resveratrol, which is found in red grapes, is also useful as a cold sore cure.