Many people are looking for the best remedies for cold sores. These blisters can be so painful, itchy and unpleasant to look at. Hence, this article will provide you with some remedies that are tested to work well with this condition:
1.) Home remedies
This includes herbal plants and natural ointments. Herbs like Aloe Vera, peppermint, and sage have anti-viral properties which are good for these sores. Just apply a few drops of extract from peppermint onto your sores. On the other hand, rub the juice or the fleshy part of the Aloe Vera into your sores. You can also use Aloe gel if you cannot find fresh Aloe Vera.
Natural ointments from olive oil and tea tree oil are also effective. Apply any of those regularly for best results. While the sores have not burst yet, you can do a cold compress to help the healing process and provide relief as the cold will reduce the swelling and redness. And when the sores finally break open, wash these with warm water to rinse off the fluid which can spread the virus.
2.) Over-the-counter and prescribed drugs.
There are many good remedies for cold sores that you can buy. Denavir, Zovirax, Famvir, and Valtrex are FDA accepted pills for these sores. These can speed up the healing and slow down the virus’ activities. Note that these medicines require different doses. Creams are also available for relieving the sores. Abreva, Acyclovir (5% cream), and Penciclovir (1% cream) are excellent in soothing the itch and pain caused by the sores.
With all those remedies described above, you can get rid of those unwanted sores on your lips, mouth or nostril. You must act at the first sign of sore outbreak for best results. Although these may be best remedies for cold sores, these do not eliminate the causative agent of the sores. Thus, a sore outbreak is likely to happen again, unless the virus infection is cured.