Cold sores are red blisters that form around the lips or on other areas of the face. In some cases, a cold sore can appear on the nose, fingers, and inside the mouth. Cold sores heal in two to three weeks, and they don’t leave any scar. Reason of cold sores is herpes simplex virus (HSV-1). Cold sores can spread to others through close contact. Kissing can be one of the reasons. There is no such cure for HSV, but it can be healed quickly through medication. But cold sores can return without warning.
Symptoms of cold sores :
Common symptoms of cold sores are
- Blisters :
A blister can appear around your lips. A blister is a small bubble filled with serum.
- Itching :
Before blister appears. You feel itching, burning, and tingling sensation around your lips. It can be painful sometimes.
- Crusting :
Small blisters around lips merge and burst. The open sours then spread fluid and crust over.
Symptoms of cold sores depend on whether you have it the first time or not. During the first time outbreaks, people also experience
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches
- Swollen lymph
Foods to avoid with cold sores :
Arginine-rich foods :
When you feel itching and burning sensation around your lips, it means you are going to have cold sores. These are early symptoms of a cold sore. Herpex virus replicates in the body due to amino acid called arginine. If you avoid foods rich in arginine, you can reduce the duration of cold sores. Foods that are rich in arginine are.
- Sunflower seeds
- Whole grains
- Pumpkin seeds
- Dark leafy greens
Processed foods :
Some foods disturb your immune system and cause the reoccurrence of cold sores. Poor nutrition is a common cause of impaired immune system. try to eat healthy diet always. Sugar-rich processed foods increase the duration of cold sores as it reduces the ability of healing. Try to avoid these processed foods in cold sores
- Pasta meals
- High calories snacks
- Breakfast cereals
- Packaged snacks
- Frozen foods
- Canned foods
- Sausage rolls, pies, and pasties
Acidic foods :
In the last stage of cold sores, blisters leave an open wound that forms a crust. If you don’t take care, these scabs can reopen. Eating acidic foods in this condition can be harmful. Try to avoid these foods in such a situation.
- Fruit juices
- Citrus fruits like lemon and grapes.
Natural remedies to cure cold sores :
- Use ice :
Ice may not decrease the duration of the breakout of cold sores, but it reduces the pain and inflammation. Apple ice on cold sore directly to reduce redness and itching. It is excellent for temporary relief. You can also use ice if you have had a recent injury to lessen the swelling and ease the pain.
- Use lemon balm :
Lemon balm is the best way to treat cold sores. The oil called Mellisa extract in lemon balm has an antiviral effect on the herpes simplex virus. A study has shown that it prevents the virus from penetrating the cells. For best results, use this balm three to four times a day. One study showed a faster healing and cold sore treatment when the ointment is applied after 72 hours of symptoms.
- Aloe vera :
Aloe vera is another excellent thing for healing wounds. It reduces pain and accelerates healing. It also has anti-inflammatory and antiviral effects. Use aloe vera lip balm or gel three to four times a day. Please wash your hands after applying aloe vera gel as it is highly contagious.
- Consume more vitamin C :
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. It reduces inflammation. Studies have shown that vitamin C reduces inflammation by 45 percent and accelerates the healing process. It also reduces the redness around lips because of cold sores. If you have cold sores, eat foods rich in vitamin C like kiwifruit, cauliflower, papaya, strawberry, and Brussels.
- Use coconut oil :
Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties that are effective against cold sores. It can be applied directly or taken internally to cure cold sores. To apple directly on the blister, take a cotton ball, dip it in melted coconut oil and rub gently on the blister. Wash your hands after you touch blister. To consume internally, add it into food like in coffee or use it as cooking oil.
- Increase consumption of l-lysine :
L Lysine is an amino acid that is necessary for many body functions. A large amount of L lysine in the body can heal cold sores quickly. This amino acid is available in the form of cream. Apply the cream on the affected area after every two to three hours. Also, eat the foods that are rich in l lysines like meat, cheese, fish, and eggs.
- Use sunscreen :
Use sunscreen if you have cold sores. It is a non-toxic SPF lip balm. It protects your lips when a cold sore is healing. It also prevents the reoccurrence of the cold sore. Use it too to three times a day. You will feel the difference.
- Get enough sleep :
You might be wondering how getting sleep can help to cure cold sore. But it is essential for the immune system. Having one lousy night of sleep can cause a disturbance in inflammation levels, and it lowers your immune system. So imagine what happens if you don’t take enough sleep continuously. So try to get enough sleep for a healthy immune system and healing of cold sores.
Cold sores can reoccur or can occur just one time. There is no such treatment to cure it, but these remedies will help to heal cold sores quickly and prevents reoccurrence. So if you have a cold sore, try these home remedies and avoid foods mention above. You will feel the difference.