Cold sores, also known as fever blisters are a group of small, painful, fluid-filled blisters, which usually erupt on the lip, gums or the roof of the mouth. The area of skin around the blister turns red, swollen and sore. The sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus Type1 and are contagious. There can be a pain, tingling or itching one or two days before the cold sores appear. The blisters then break open leaking a clear fluid and the scab over after a few days. All and all the sores can take up to two weeks to heal.
Most people having cold sores desire an early treatment, as other than pain, it can also be an embarrassing to develop such sores. They look for various ways to get rid of these sores fast and apply different skin creams, ointments or sometimes-even pills. There are certain antiviral medications that are used for treatment. However unknown to most there are two types of mouth sores, canker sore and a cold sore (fever blister). Although most of us are unaware of the fact that these are two separate medical conditions and usually treat them both as same. A proper identification of the sore will help you select the right remedy or treatment for the sores.
The first outbreak is worse than a recurrence and is generally treated with oral medications. The recurrence is treated with a topical medication. Abreva, Zovirax and Valacyclovir are a few medicines being prescribed for shortening the duration and treatment of the cold sores. Most of the cold sore sufferers choose the topical creams, tablets, liquid drops and lip balms and gels to treat. The cold sore relief gels are used for getting a temporary relief of pain and itching associated with the fever blisters. An amino acid lysine cream can be used at first sign of tingling to block and make the outbreak disappear quickly. Being both painful and unsightly, a fast working remedy becomes very important.
However it should be noted that with so many medicines and remedies available today, knowing the exact triggering factor will help you get the most accurate treatment. Natural and drug free methods have been seen to work in a more perfect way compared to other medicines. There are some natural remedies, which can learn by accessing various videos, ebook, diet book, and mp3’s available in market or on websites.
The cold sore remedy will guide you towards all the steps that need to be taken for the treatment. Being a 100% natural drug free solution, these remedies are quite effective and are being recommended by many doctors and medical practitioners recommend to their patients. Rather than using an expensive prescription or over the counter drugs, use these easy to follow program for getting rid of the cold sores.