How to Get Rid of a Cold Sore Quickly. Most of us know just how unpleasant it feels when you have a cold sore. Caused by the HSV (herpes simplex virus) cold sores appear in the form of fluid-filled blisters, usually popping up around the mouth, and oftentimes on the lips, too. Not only do cold sores look bad, but they also leave you feeling self-conscious and even embarrassed when you’re around your partner. While cold sores last from seven to ten days, there are ways and tools available to speed up the healing process and feel confident again. Let’s take a look at four treatments for cold sores and ways you can deal with these unpleasant blisters.
How we get cold sores
In order to get rid of cold sores, you need to understand what causes them. Cold sores are sometimes called fever blisters, and even though you don’t really get them from colds or fevers, those two can trigger them. Cold sores are a common viral infection, and while around ninety percent of adults worldwide test positive for the HSV, most of them won’t show symptoms. However, for those of us who aren’t lucky and have to deal with recurring breakouts, which are often accompanied by a headache, fever, and sore throat. Other than colds and fevers, there are other things that trigger the flare-ups. Illness, surgery, and hormonal fluctuation are three major triggers for cold sores, but stress and prolonged sun exposure are two equally dangerous triggers. Extremely common and highly contagious, this virus spreads through kissing and sharing cups and utensils.
Signs and symptoms
Usually lasting from two to three weeks, various signs and symptoms of HSV may occur. People who are experiencing the first-time outbreak may expect symptoms such as painful eroded gums, muscle ache, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes. It all starts with a burning, tingling, or itching sensation at the infection site. Clusters of blisters start forming, after which they erupt, breaking down rapidly. After a couple of days, the cold sores will appear yellowish and dry, until they completely disappear. The sores often appear down the chin and neck, and they are especially difficult to deal with when you need to eat or drink. Teenagers and people in their twenties, herpes causes painful throat ulcers, and their tonsils appear as if they have a grayish coating. While cold sores are unavoidable, there are ways for dealing with them. Which leads us to our next tip…
What is the fastest way to get rid of a cold sore
With so many solutions available today, it may be hard to tell which method works best. Many home remedies are made using ingredients such as aloe vera, zinc, and oxide cream, as well as lemon balm. While these natural alternatives may work for some, others are forced to find other ways of shortening the duration of a cold sore outbreak. Even though they won’t solve the problem completely, they will most certainly help slow the development of a cold sore. If you’re looking for quick pain relief or a way to reduce healing time, consider getting an effective cold sore cream – it will help fight cold sores regardless of the stage, inactivating the virus and drying up blisters.
How to speed up the healing process
Usually done by using medications, speeding up the cold sore healing process is something we all wish for. However, there are certain things you shouldn’t do when you’re experiencing oral herpes. First of all, many people try to pop a cold sore like a pimple – avoid doing that. Doing so will only damage your skin and increase the chances of other cold sores developing. It’s best to use an invisible bandage to cover up your cold sore, and just leave it to heal. Don’t wash your face extensively with soaps and cleansers, as they tend to dry out the skin and lips. Also, don’t touch cold sores with your hands without washing them immediately after – the virus can easily spread to the fingertips, as well as eyes, causing an eye infection, vision problems, and even blindness.
There you have it – four tips for speeding up the cold sore healing process. Use the tips above as a guide for dealing with herpes and HSV and getting rid of a cold sore as quickly as possible.
Guest Post by Luke Douglas