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How to Prevent Cold Sores in Early Stages?

Dr. Asmita Dhekne  Chebbi

Dr. Asmita Dhekne Chebbi

  Btm 1st stage, Bengaluru     Jan 7, 2021

   2 min     


Cold sores are also called as fever blisters and they are often caused by Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 (HSV-1). You may get it from contact with an infected person’s skin or body fluids. It damages your skin as it reproduces and leaves behind weepy sores that last about a week. Cold sores are most commonly seen on the outside of the mouth, lips, cheeks, nose, and fingers. According to the studies, 90% of the population gets at least one cold sore in a lifetime. They usually last for 7-10 days.

The best time to treat cold sores is when you start feeling tingling or itching around the mouth.

Natural Cold Sore Remedies

Immune Boosters: Have immune-boosting foods like yogurt, apple cider vinegar, kimchi, sauerkraut, and natto.

Vitamin E: It relieves the pain and discomfort from cold sores and also repairs damaged skin, reduces inflammation and antioxidant properties. Vitamin E rich foods are almonds, spinach, sweet potatoes, avocados, sunflower seeds, and olive oil.

Vitamin C: It helps in increasing white blood cell count and defends your body against invaders. Foods rich in vitamin C are Brussels, sprouts, broccoli, strawberries, grapefruit, and kiwi.

Zinc: It is a very essential mineral needed to maintain health, reduce inflammation and boost immunity. Foods rich in zinc are chickpeas, cashews, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, chicken, turkey, eggs, salmon, and mushrooms.

L-lysine: It is a natural amino acid which works as a natural herpes treatment. It is found in legumes, fish, turkey, chicken, and vegetables.

Use sunscreen: Use a sunscreen or avoid heavy sun exposure to reduce the number cold sore recurrences that you experience.

Aloe Vera gel: It contains antioxidants, vitamins, enzyme, minerals, and fatty acids that help to treat skin conditions like cold sores.

Peppermint Essential oil: According to the studies, peppermint oil exhibited high levels of virucidal activity against both HSV-1 and HSV-2.

Propolis: It is a resin material which is collected by the bees from botanicals and use to seal crevices in their beehives. It is high in antioxidants and also has antiviral properties.

Licorice Root: It has antiviral and antibacterial properties which prevent the virus from replicating.

How to prevent spreading a Cold Sore

The two main triggers of cold sores are stress and illness.  To avoid cold sore outbreaks start living a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating right and exercising regularly. Do yoga, meditation to reduce stress. To avoid spreading the cold sore virus:

  • Avoid intimate contact and another skin-to-skin contact.
  • Don’t share items such as utensils, towels, or toothbrushes, cosmetics.
  • Wash your hands every time after you apply any ointment or touch the sore.
  • Replace your toothbrush when you get a cold sore to prevent reinfection, and replace it again after the sore has healed.
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