The Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1) persists in your system even after an outbreak has healed. At times, these viruses remain dormant and activate only when triggered by certain factors. It’s a good thing that there are quick ways to treat cold sores such as the following:
Taking drugs and applying creams and gels are both quick ways to treat cold sores. There are drugs that are accepted by the Food and Drug Administration which can speed up the healing of the sores and can shorten the duration of virus activation. These are Denavir, Famvir, Valtrex and Zovirax. The creams (like Abreva and Quantum Super Lysine) are used to hold back further development of the sore outbreak and also speed up the healing.
Gels are applied because they have a protective film that shields the sores. These gels (such as Aloe and Herpetrol gel) also provide excellent relief from the symptoms like itching and pain. If for any reason these drugs are not accessible, you can use some simple methods for treating these sores at home. You can use herbal plants which have antiviral properties that work on these sores. For Aloe Vera, directly rub its fleshy pulp into your sores. And for other herbs (like sage and peppermint), squeeze the extract and then apply a few drops on your sores. Cold compresses are also useful in reducing the swelling of the sores. Just put a cubes of ice on the sores for several minutes at a time.
The HSV1 infection might be persistent, but there are lots of quick ways to treat cold sores. You can do any of those mentioned above and you will be fine. Make sure that the sores are clean, dry and protected. And avoid the bad foods (like potatoes and dairy products) as well as the factors (like mental and emotional stress) that can generate the activation of the virus.