Abolish Cold Sores the Natural Way
Cold sores, for those who get them, are a little more than just a minor inconvenience, they can be ugly, painful and can lead to other infections.
Cold sores are very common and do usually clear up by themselves with minimum intervention; however; they are contagious, and care should be taken to avoid spreading the infection. It is so important though that if you think you have a cold sore that you do not kiss babies. The cold sore virus can be very dangerous and even fatal to babies, particularly new borns’, as it can cause neonatal herpes.
Cold sores normally follow the same pattern, and begin with a tingling, itching or burning feeling. Over the following 48 hours, you will probably notice some small, fluid filled blisters appear. These can appear anywhere on the face, although they are normally found on the lip or around the nose. The blister will then burst and crust over into a scab. People who are prone to getting cold sores might discover that certain things can trigger a cold sore. Illnesses, the sunshine, or periods are all common factors.
Although, like we said, cold sores usually begin to heal by themselves in ten days, but this does not mean that they are not irritating or painful. There are certain things that you can do, which will not only help to heal cold sores, but also prevent them from coming back.
Eat food that will boost your immune system:
If you have a weakened or compromised immune system, cold sores can actually be very serious, so it is important that you boost your immune system.
Eat plenty of foods that are packed full of probiotics; such as yoghurt, and apple cider vinegar. On top of this, you should try and eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, which are packed full of vitamin, minerals and nutrients, all helpful at keeping cold sores at bay.
Take Vitamin E supplements:
Vitamin E is really great at helping to soothe the skin and help to relieve any pain and discomfort that you might be experiencing from cold sores. On top of this, it helps to repair any skin that has become damaged, will help to reduce any inflammation, as well as having great antioxidant properties.
You can either take this as an oral supplement, or you can up your intake of vitamin E rich food; which include; almonds, spinach, sweet potato, avocados, sunflower seeds, and olive oil.
Up your Vitamin C intake:
Vitamin C is a great immune system booster, which can help to defend against the cold sore virus. Taking a vitamin C capsule daily will not only boost your immune system, but it will help to promote skin health, which will help the healing process of cold sores.
Of course, there are plenty of foods that are rich in vitamin C as well, so ensure you are eating plenty of oranges, peppers, kale, sprouts, broccoli, strawberries, grapefruit and kiwi fruit just to name a few.
Boost your Zinc intake:
Zinc is really essential in order for you to maintain great health, and help reduce inflammation. It is also great at boosting your immunity, which will help to prevent you contracting things like the cold sore virus. You can find daily zinc supplements in the majority of health food shops.
Studies have shown that people who use a cream containing zinc oxide within 24 hours of experiencing the signs and symptoms of a cold sore, noticed a significantly shorter duration of symptoms, compared with those who did not.
Just like other vitamins and minerals, zinc can be found in foods as well, so you should try and eat plenty of grass-fed beef, chickpeas, cashews, pumpkin seeds, yoghurt, chicken, turkey, eggs, salmon and mushrooms.
This amino acid is often used as a natural treatment for herpes, both when taken by mouth, or when applied directly to the skin, and works by preventing the virus from growing. Certain foods are really high in L-lysine, including; legumes, fish, turkey, chicken and vegetables.
Several studies have shown that this is an effective form of treatment, and those who have used it can reduce the occurrence of cold sores, the severity of them, and the decreasing the healing time.
Like we previously mentioned, sun exposure is often a triggering factor for cold sores, so it is important to use sunscreen, or simply to avoid heavy sun exposure, in order to reduce the number of cold sores that develop. You should be sure to apply sunscreen to the lips, using a lip balm containing an SPF protection value.
Make sure you pick your sunscreen well, and ensure that you are getting a completely natural and organic one, to ensure that they are not toxic.
Apply aloe vera gel:
This is commonly used to treat a number of skin conditions, such as cold sores. It is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins, enzymes, minerals, fatty acids and hormones, that will help to speed up the healing process, as well as helping to prevent any further infection.
You should apply aloe vera gel directly to the cold sore throughout the day to help ease any discomfort, and to speed up the healing process.
Drink some echinacea tea:
Echinacea is brilliant at boosting the immune system, and is a common cold treatment. However; its benefits go beyond these, and can also help when you are trying to fight off a virus, such as the cold sore virus.
Although you can take an echinacea supplement, which is just as effective; drinking echinacea tea is another great and easy way of helping to boost the immune system, reduce any inflammation that you might be suffering from, and to help alleviate any pain as well, which is caused by a cold sore.
Do not touch it!
As we have previously said; cold sores are really very contagious, and continue to be this way until it crusts over and heals, so it is important to avoid touching this to stop the infection from spreading.
Keep in mind your flannels and towels as well, as these should be placed directly into the laundry basket afterwards.