You Have a Cold Sore? Here’s How to Treat It Quickly
Ugh. A few days before a party when you’ll be as photographed as much as the Royal Couple, a cold sore breaks out. We’ve been working on that smile together, and it just went from hero to zero, right?
No, not always. Finding the cold sore remedy that works best for you will hasten the healing process. That is the reason we are here writing this article.
Maybe It Isn’t a Cold Sore, Right?
To start, let’s define what a cold sore is and is not.
Blisters known as cold sores are contagious and frequently develop on the lips or the area around the mouth. Cold sores, which are brought on by a virus, typically begin as tingling sensations that develop into a number of tiny, uncomfortable blisters before crusting over.
On the other side, canker sores don’t spread but they still hurt. In contrast to cold sores, they typically take the form of white, oval lesions inside the mouth, particularly close to or on the gums.
Remedies for Cold Sores
Being quick to treat a cold sore is essential. Consider doing the following actions as soon as the first symptom emerges to hasten the healing process:
Apply Ice to the Cold Sore
When you notice a cold sore beginning to form, take an ice cube, wrap it in a paper towel, and lay it there. Then wait for it to thaw. Applications made back-to-back can lessen the discomfort.
Switch to a Cold-Sore-Fighting Diet
ith the correct meals, you can strengthen your immune system’s defense against this viral annoyance. Avoid foods containing arginine, an amino acid found in nuts, chocolate, and oats that can cause cold sores, and instead load up your plate with cruciferous veggies like broccoli, kale, and cauliflower.
Dial Down the Stress
Surprise, surprise—stress is one of the factors that contribute most to cold sores. Nowadays, reducing stress can become so difficult that it actually increases tension, isn’t that right? Give yourself some time, however, to engage in restorative activities that lower your heart rate and make you smile.
Reach for Aloe Vera or Even an Over-The-Counter Cream
Creams that are both natural and pharmaceutical have demonstrated potential as cold sore treatments. Aloe vera may aid in the healing of fever blisters, according to some research, while over-the-counter lotions like docosanol advertise their capacity to eliminate cold sores. Do you favor the medical route? Before using it, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Relieve Pain with Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen
Some cold sores can be extremely uncomfortable. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may offer much-needed comfort for the more severe ones. Just make sure that type of over-the-counter medication is accepted by your healthcare professional.
There you have it. You’re well on your way to getting that cold sore treated swiftly and having the time of your life at the party. Remember to grin!