Home Remedies For Sore Throats
Two days before an important event you find yourself scrutinizing nasty, painful bubbles on your lips that Mother Nature has dealt you? Do not let the virus take over. We know you want to tear it all down, but there is a lot that can be done to cure cold sores at home with the ingredients you are certain to have in your bathroom and cupboard. Remember: this is how to get rid of herpes, in case of genital herpes should always be consulted with your doctor!
The herpes virus attacks most people on the planet. It has been with mankind for thousands of years and has perfectly adapted to feeding on our body. How come we have not be able to overcome the virus so far? It’s a camouflage master. After infecting has happened, it settles in our nerve cells, where it spends the rest of its life dormant. However, from time to time it activates briefly and begins to multiply. It is then that those ugly, painful bubbles filled with liquid form on the skin. This happens most often when we weaken our immunity, eg due to stress or fatigue. But to arouse the virus from its sleep, it can also suffice an exposure to heat or cold. This is why we get sick more often in summer and in a cold winter.
Bubbles caused by the propagation of the virus can be found practically everywhere – in the nose, on the skin, and even around the eyes. This last location is particularly dangerous because it can lead to loss of vision. Herpes blisters on the lips should necessarily be reported to the doctor. Likewise, do not underestimate genital herpes, but this ailment is caused by another variant of the herpes virus the will be covered by a separate article.
Herpes simplex, also known as a cold sores, is an infectious disease caused by a virus that is transmitted by contact with a person who has active herpes, or with an object that has been in contact with the person such as a razor, a lipstick, or a towel.
Herpes is manifested by appearances of cutaneous lesions formed by small clusters of ampoules surrounded by a red circle. Before these lesions appear, the person may also experience warning signs such as tingling, itching, or burning.
According to studies of specialists, almost all adults have one day been confronted with cold sores. The positive side of the situation is that herpes labialis being a common disease, there are many treatments to help you heal it.
Cold sore symptoms
Symptoms of the disease are characteristic and common with the appearance of annoying and painful vesicles that often lead to socially unattractive attitudes due to the strong incentive to scratch the affected air. The appearance of typical and unpleasant bubbles around the lips is preceded by a feeling of heat and tension, clearly perceived by those who have already been affected by the disease. Early recognition of these symptoms allows the subject to intervene early by limiting the eruption by applying special zinc and / or heparin-based ointments.
If you do not intervene within a few hours, in the area where you have felt the tingling sensation, some annoying and often painful fluid filled with vesicles begin to develop. These bubbles, true reservoirs of viruses, tend to dry and crystallize spontaneously within a week.
Throughout this period, the risk of infecting another person through direct contact (kissing, sexual intercourse) increases considerably. In particular, the maximum risk of infection is when the vesicles open, leaving the herpes viruses (around the fourth quartet day). Cold sores should not be confused with sputum, small non-contagious bubbles that appear in the mouth or tongue due to other problems (stress, eating intolerance, drug abuse, injuries caused by occult mucous chewing)
The classic round-shaped vesicles caused by herpes simplex typically appear in the areas of passage from the skin to the mucous and tend to cluster into clusters. Their content, initially serous, tends to become purulent. Such bubbles break down within a few days forming a characteristic dark crunchy. Healing, however, is only apparent, as viruses take refuge in local nerve endings, ready to take advantage of any decline in immune defenses (fever, stress, hormonal changes, sun exposure, trauma). Reactivation of these viruses causes recurrence of typical symptoms of herpes simplex.
The causes of herpes on the mouth
The herpes virus is most often revealed when our body is weakened. The fall in immunity is influenced by factors such as fatigue or long-term stress, cooling or overheating of the body. In women, herpes on the lips can appear before, during or after menstruation. Sometimes, the virus is activated by localized skin injury due to invasive cosmetic or dermatological procedures.
Cold sores infection normally coincides with severe stresses that may involve the body or mind. In these periods, it is most exposed not only to cold sores but also to many other diseases such as fever or cold banal. Stress, whatever its nature, in fact weakens the body’s immune defenses. When affected by laryngeal herpes viruses responsible for the disease are hiding in the nerve endings where they can remain silent (without giving any manifestations) throughout the rest of their life.
Unfortunately, it often happens that the infection is manifested as a result of very intense physical and mental work, indigestion, excessive exposure to sunlight as a result of other illnesses or prolonged intake of certain drugs. Even hormonal changes related to pregnancy or menstrual cycle may favor the action of herpes viruses. The spread of the virus to other parts of the body like the eyes or the genitals is rather difficult but possible. To make an example there are very few chances that herpes labialis infection is transmitted to the genital area during a shower using water as a transmission vehicle.
For the same reason it is difficult to convey infection to other people through the common use of contaminated objects such as linens or towels. However, it is important to be aware of the compliance with these basic hygiene standards as well as possible vehicles for infection.
Cold sore stages
Herpes is commonly called “quills” or “cold.” Unusual skin lesions appear in the face as bubbles around the mouth or under the nose. Untreated herpes can cause infertility and meningitis. HSV2 is far more dangerous than HSV1, and the onset of herpes can be contracted through sexual intercourse. In addition, women during pregnancy are particularly prone to infections. Very uncomfortable are ulcers around the anus, causing itching and burning.
The virus of herpes attacks regardless of age and sex. When it appears once in our body, it stays there forever. An effective method for herpes does not exist because the virus is prone to build up into the nervous system and therefore becomes invisible to the immune system. Herpes simplex is a nuisance to control. The most common form of the disease is herpes on the lips (herpes labialis).
In the course of herpes, there can be distinguished several stages:
|The Stages Of Herpes Labialis Development|
|Phase I: The first symptom is the onset of itching. It occurs most often on the lips or on the skin under the nose, although it may happen that other parts of the face, such as the chin, will be infected. This is a prodromal phase, also referred to as tingling phase. In most cases it takes about 2 days. The treatment taken at this time most often prevents the further development of the anesthetic disease.||Phase II: At the next stage, there usually appears redness and slight swelling. The small size of the spot gradually starts to grow, and inside it there forms serum, which is filled with active viruses.||Phase III: In this way, the painful boil is formed (and in some cases the follicles that can merge into one large efflorescence), from which the fluid begins to drain, causing the ulcers to become even larger. It is in this phase that it is the easiest to pass on the infection. During this time, it is not a particularly good idea to have close contacts with other people, and also to touch the blisters. This is also the stage at which herpes is the most painful. Cracking of the boils can lead to burning wounds.||Phase IV: The last stage involves the gradual curing of the efflorescence, which results in the formation of scabs. Care must be taken – they are quite delicate, and damage to a changed infection site can lead to bleeding accompanied by unpleasant stinging. Scratching scabs makes the healing process much longer.|
Herpes is a painful ailment that drastically reduces the comfort of life. It is not only a cosmetic defect, but it can have a significant impact on social contacts and the well-being of the infected. Although no method has been discovered so far to completely remove the virus, there are ways in which the development of ailments can be halted.
But before doing any natural treatment, properly clean the infected area with water and antiseptic soap to prevent the spread of the virus. The herpes virus is very easy to move from one person to another. It is especially dangerous for young children whose immune system is still weak. Therefore, if you have cold sores, you have to be especially careful when dealing with the toddlers. Do do not share the same cutlery, do not drink from the same bottles, and whatever you do, hold off kissing. The latter is strictly forbidden if you already have a cold sore on the lips.
Also try not to transfer herpes within the household. Everyone should use their towel. As already mentioned, you should temporarily avoid kissing - and best of all sex. This minimizes the risk of spreading the disease. And after getting rid of the virus from the mouth, you will have ample chances to can catch up.
How to get rid of cold sores: some useful tips
Once the infection is contracted, cold sores may not be taken care of. The infection is considered chronic; therefore, there are no remedies that can cure it.
However, relapses can be avoided by adopting a number of useful behaviors, many of which positively affect the immune system:
- Avoid periods of excessive psychological stress (work, family, other commitments, etc.) if possible.
- Reduce the likelihood of contagion for other infectious diseases, for example: flu, colds, sore throat, coughs, skin infections etc.
- Ensure an overall adequate nutritional status.
- Increase the intake of vitamins (vitamin C and vitamin D in the primis) and specific mineral salts (magnesium, iron, zinc and selenium). They all help, albeit in a different way, to support the immune system.
- Increase the overall intake of antioxidants (in addition to vitamin C, including vitamin A, vitamin E, polyphenols, etc.). They fight free radicals and improve the general oxidative state by avoiding creating an optimal situation for viruses.
- Increase the contribution of omega 3 essential fatty acids. They are anti-inflammatory and stimulating the production of antibodies by the immune system.
- Take probiotic and prebiotic foods. They improve intestinal and bacterial flora, involved in the immune system’s trophism.
- Increase lysine amino acid intake. It does not know the reason, but it seems to reduce the frequency of acne for cold sores.
- Practice sports with reasonable frequency and intensity.
- Take only prescribed medicines.
- Use sunscreen.
- Prevent fractures of the lips for cold, wind, chemicals etc.
What NOT to do
The following behaviors must be avoided:
- Engage in hard work, family and social commitments hardly sustainable even for limited and seemingly innocuous periods.
- Overlook the frequent onset of infectious diseases; for example: flu, colds, sore throat, coughing, skin infections etc.
- Have hyponutrition or malnutrition, especially with vitamins and salts mentioned in the previous chapter.
- Allow general antioxidant deficiency.
- Get yourself exposed to allergies; crustaceans, dried fruits, egg whites, milk etc. are especially harmful.
- Take gluten in celiac disease.
- Compete the intestinal bacterial flora by taking little fiber and excluding probiotics.
- Taking supplements of arginine-based food supplements; it can predispose you to the acupuncture of the herpes.
- Exercise sports with excess frequency, volume and intensity, without respecting recovery times and ‘common sense’.
- Taking drugs in a rash manner, especially antibiotics that negatively affect the intestinal bacterial flora.
- Expose yourself to excessive wind, salt water and sunshine, especially in the face.
If you know that you are a carrier of herpes and that your baby is at home, be sure to keep the necessary precautions – especially in eating, washing and other hygienic practices. The virus strikes during the periods of weakness, overheating, or cooling of the body, and when the virus is active, all activities that could move it should be avoided.
Against contagion: it is strictly hygienic. Herpes simplex spreads very easily. The following are particularly responsible for the contagion: kissing, using the same cutlery, crockery, borrowing someone else’s toothbrush, etc. It can also be transmitted when it is latent, but this event has a statistically limited incidence. Against the manifestations, after being infected: all of the above mentioned remedies apply.
There are no definitive treatments against herpes simplex. Any therapy that is exclusively palliative or intended to improve the symptoms. In addition to the prevention of contagion and recurrences, and beyond the possible use of herpes labial care medicines, no other effective medical treatments are known.
Diet for cold sores: treat them at the table
‘Make food your medicine’: this maxim from ancient origins, Hippocrates’ famous wisdom, can also be applied in the fight against herpes. Rather than treating, however, it is better to talk about prevention, since herpes cannot be defeated in a definitive but increasingly harmless way. Likewise, the diet against herpes has no curative value when the disease is in the acute phase; it is therefore unrealistic to hope that the annoying bubbles regress on the merits of miraculous foods, although the integration of specific high-dose nutrients has shown encouraging results.
What is certain is that a specific diet, and healthy eating in general, can have a great preventative value. We know that herpes is found in the poor immune defense of the host fertile soil for its replication, resulting in the appearance of annoying liquid vesicles. To prevent these unpleasant manifestations, it is essential to maintain the body’s immune defenses, even thanks to the very important contribution of nutrition.
Diet against herpes is based on a series of scientific evidence, most of which are awaiting confirmation. In fact, several studies have attributed to some foods and specific supplements the ability to prevent or even fight herpes; however, the official medicine interprets these research with prudent skepticism, given the scarcity of studies on it.
Lysine and arginine
One of the most popular advice when talking about dieting against herpes is to increase lysine intake by reducing the amount of arginine; the latter amino acid, in fact, seems to promote replication of herpes viruses, which synthesize proteins much richer than arginine than human ones.
Lysine is characterized by the ability to antagonize arginine from a metabolic point of view, competing with it in various biological reactions. This advice translates, in practical terms, to reduced consumption of foods such as peanuts, nuts, hazelnuts, refined sugars, dried fruit in general, and chocolate, preferring foods where the arginine / lysine ratio is lower, such as animal protein, dairy and legumes. In addition, particular attention should be paid to the methods of cooking that can preserve or make lysine less bioavailable; according to some studies, the amount of bioavailable lysine is reduced by too high cooking temperatures or by the association with a reducing sugar (e.g., fructose, glucose, lactose), sucrose or yeast during cooking. The presence of moisture, however, seems to preserve the bioavailable lysine; however, steam cooking and boiling are the preferred methods for frying and grilling.
As far as any food supplements are concerned, it is recommended to take 500/1000 mg of lysine two to three times a day, while the specific arsenic supplement that is so expensive to some sportsmen is avoided. Lysine integration should be shifted to the maximum recommended dose range in case of active herpetic manifestation.
In the current state of knowledge, this dietary approach to the herpes problem seems acceptable, considering the fair amount of studies in this regard and the absence of side effects related to specific lysine integrations (up to 6g / day). It should be noted, however, that scientific studies seem to concentrate more on the addition of lysine than on the reduction of arginine-rich foods, which would – among other things – create food imbalances. Bitter cocoa powder, for example, is one of the most flavonoid foods, many of which have shown in vitro interesting antiviral properties; consequently, a high-quality cocoa high quality chocolate may even be useful in preventing herpes.
Although in the official medicine circles the conviction that vitamin C does not have any beneficial effect on the treatment of colds and other viral diseases such as herpes, there are some studies (in addition to empirical testimonies of many regular users) that emphasize immunostimulant efficacy of this vitamin. We know that ascorbic acid is essential for some cells of the immune system, such as phagocytes and T cells. In spite of this, only in the presence of specific deficiencies, the supplementary addition of vitamin C through specific supplements seems to be able to improve immune defenses. Examining the recent bibliography, it also appears that the intravenous administration of vitamin C is effective to suppress the pain and itching that characterize the reclosures of the herpes zoster. Very few bibliographic references on vitamin C yielding usefulness (> 3 g / day) in accelerating healing during the acute phase of the disease. As far as any food supplements are concerned, in terms of prophylaxis it is suggested the specific intake of 180/500 mg of ascorbic acid-L per day.
At the current state of knowledge, the daily integration of vitamin C at the doses indicated seems acceptable, if not even recommendable; Different speech for Vitamin C (> 1g / day) Enteros, a practice not accepted by the official medicine and in vogue only among a few ‘fanatics’ of this vitamin; Under medical advice, a very high dose of vitamin C (up to five grams) can be taken, divided into at least three daily injections, at the onset of eruptic prodromes (the first symptoms of the disease, as a sense of heat and local itch). At a dose of 2g / day, the so-called Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL) is the highest dose of vitamin C, which presumably does not create toxicity problems in healthy individuals..
Even smaller, and scientifically less reliable, evidence of the usefulness of zinc taken orally in prophylaxis and in the treatment of herpes infections. This mineral, abundant in diet rich in fish, red meat, cereals, legumes and dried fruits, should be integrated into doses of 15/20 mg / day, taking care of associating – in case of chronic administration – a copper supplement to prevent specific deficiencies induced by this practice. At the present state of knowledge, zinc integration is not recommended in the prevention or treatment of herpes.
Further dietary advice
In some lab studies conducted on laboratory mice, the ingestion of significant amounts of simple sugars (sucrose) decreased immune defenses, reducing the synthesis of antibodies. Some similar evidence has also been found in humans; consequently, it is recommended to reduce the presence of simple sugars in your diet, reducing the consumption of carbonated beverages, sweets, sugary juices, table sugar, and certain types of fruit (candied fruit, figs, grapes, chestnuts, dates, and dried fruits as dehydrated fruits, such as raisins). Reducing sugar intake has also proven to be beneficial in the prevention of candida, obesity and insulin resistance in predetermined subjects.
Probiotics, special categories of lactic ferments found in many latex and yogurt advertisements in the last period, may be helpful in optimizing immune defenses, so they can be useful in preventing herpes.
The consumption of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables is definitely useful to provide the body with the micronutrients needed to counteract the attack of herpes viruses; an important role should be attributed to citrus fruit, berries, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, black tea, kiwi and juices of unfermented citrus fruit.
Another important anti-herpes advice is to increase the consumption of fish in the diet to rebalance the ratio between omega 3 and omega 6, often unbalanced in favor of the latter due to the excessive consumption of vegetable oils against a reduced omega-3 intake (mainly contained in sea fish, oil and flax seed, and hemp oil). Vegetable extracts that can be alongside the diet to fight herpesviruses: echinacea, eleuterococcus, black currant, melissa (topical application).
To recap it, there are no foods that can cure herpes; however, some are considered preventative remedies against the manifestation of acuities:
- For vitamin C or ascorbic acid: peppers, citrus, parsley, kiwi, lettuce, etc. They must be all fresh.
- For vitamin D: fish, fish oil and egg yolk.
- For zinc: liver, meat, milk and derivatives, some bivalve molluscs (especially oysters).
- For selenium: meat, fish products, egg yolk, milk and derivatives, fortified foods (potatoes, etc.).
- For magnesium: oilseeds, cocoa, bran, vegetables and fruits.
- For iron: especially meat, fish products and egg yolk.
- For polyphenolic antioxidants: especially fresh fruits and vegetables, but also red wine, seeds, herbs, tea, roots, officinal herbs etc.
- For lysine: meat, cheeses, some fish and legumes (especially soy).
- For probiotics: all fermented foods such as yogurt, tofu, tempeh, dairy, etc.
- For omega 3: sea fish, some oil seeds and oils, seaweed.
- Monothematic diets.
- Vegan diet.
- Diet free of vegetables and legumes.
- Diets based solely on:
- Cooked foods.
- Preserved foods.
- Arginine food supplements.
Natural cold sore cures and remedies
There are products that ‘could’ improve the immune system’s trophism or act positively on infection.
Among the possible ‘natural anti-herpes remedies’ there are found:
- Echinacea and other immunostimulant plants.
- Royal jelly
- Propolis (also for topical use).
In general, we find that we have a herpes cold sore when the bulb is already emerging. In these cases, there are alternatives that will help you deal with these lesions and the discomfort they may cause.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your lips.
- Do not pierce your sore, as it may become infected.
- Do not tear off the crust that forms on it, because it protects the healing process: the tearing delays the healing moment.
First and foremost, you should respond quickly to the first symptoms of herpes – most often it is an itching or burning sensation in the area where the follicle gets. Lubricate them with anti-virus ointment, such as Zovirax. Some special chapsticks also help to dry out the blisters. But what to do when you have hypersensitive to drug ingredients? There are home-made ways that can help. There is no a single slam dunk recipe, so we recommend trying all and staying with the one that works best.
For starters, here are some basic quick fixes that work for most:
- A bubble that has spread on the mouth or around the mouth can be lubricated with Aspirin.
- Stonewall and chamomile wraps can also be used – preferably a bag of hot water
- Some recommend vitamin B2 packs – crushed earlier and mixed with water on a small teaspoon of tea
- People suffering from cold sores also recommend putting a slice of onion or garlic – because they are good for the treatment of colds.
- Wrap with spirits or vinegar
Wash your hands thoroughly before applying any creams or the like. Herpes labialis, also known as cold sores, is a lip infection that affects at least eighteen million Americans per year. This painful rash usually occurs when you are tired, stressed or after a prolonged exposure to the sun. Below you will discover these grandmother’s remedies to get rid quickly of a cold sore!
Onion or garlic – both plants are known for their bactericidal properties. It turns out that the herpes simplex virus also is susceptible to them.
Place a freshly cut onion slice, or crushed garlic clove, onto the spot with the sore. Try to keep them long enough to have contact with the virus cells for as long as possible. Every two or three hours repeat the procedure. The downside of this method is the unpleasant odor that garlic or onion leave.
Cut a piece of garlic into the affected area. For a method to be effective, you have to plaster a slice of garlic overnight. This will make herpes quickly disappear.
Apply a slice of onion to the sore spot. The onion wrap should be changed frequently to make a change on the lips always fresh juice of this vegetable. You can also cut the onion with 2 tablespoons of sugar or pour honey and set aside in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning apply to the herpes packs juice. As with garlic, the downside is the unpleasant odor. Alternatively, simply gently rub a clove of garlic or a piece of onion on the wound.
It is a species of cactus, which is known for its medicinal properties. It is very easy to grow at home. Apply a cut piece of the plant after cutting – to get into the juice – to the place of exudation. As with onion and garlic, keep it there for a long while – if you do not plan to go anywhere, you can even plaster the aloe vera with a band aid. Unfortunately, some people are allergic to substances in the juice of aloe, so in case the painful spot instead of disappearing, enlarges, immediately change tactics.
Lemon or vinegar
No microbes like acid, and so lemon and vinegar may be your weapon of choice. They disinfect the wound without allowing the virus to multiply. Thanks to this, the scabs quickly dry out and stop hurting. In addition to organic acids, we recommend citric acid. Spirits or oxidized water are also useful in the fight against the disease. It may be painful, but it is effective. Lubrication with a cotton swab impregnated with any of these fluids disinfects and dries the wound. Lemon is a natural antiseptic perfect to get rid of cold sore! Squeeze the juice out of a lemon, and soak a piece of cotton before pressing it against your cold sore. This remedy of yesteryear is to be realized several times a day. Apply a slice of lemon and we wear it in the sick place as long as possible, often changing to fresh patch. You can also soak the skin with lemon juice.
To soothe the itching at the onset of the cold sore, apply a little cider vinegar to the wound using a compress. The sore blister is washed with a vinegar swab. Similarly, oxygenated water and salicylic spirit can be used. However, care should be taken not to over-irritate the skin around herpes. This method can be a bit painful.
Another natural solution to dry out your cold sore, use lemon balm. Put a few drops of lemon balm on a cotton pad and gently dab onto your sore.
Wraps can also be made from honey, which certainly does not irritate the skin with herpes. In addition, honey has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Recognized since the dawn of time as a natural care for the lips, honey is a gentle and natural remedy. 3 times a day, brush your cold sore with a little honey, and leave to act for about 15 minutes, before rinsing gently. It is also one of the most delicious natural bactericidal and virucidal substances. By the way, a very effective one. In addition to alleviating pain, it nourishes and regenerates the skin irritated by herpes simplex virus. You can actually eat a few teaspoons of honey for a major mood boost. We especially recommend having it with a side of lime.
As soon as you feel the push of a cold sore on your lip, immediately apply an ice pocket – or an ice cube wrapped in a gauze – over the affected area. The cold will reduce the pain and size of the boil. For optimum effectiveness, repeat the procedure several times a day for several minutes.
Brew melissa tea, dab a cotton pad and apply to the boil.
Smeared in it, herpes, shortens its duration.
Chamomile, mint or sage infusion are applied to herpes with a cotton swab.
Exclusive cold sore home remedies from A-listers
And this is a special cold sore home remedy recipe many European catwalk models resort to for an emergency fix:
Tea tree essential oil (tea tree)
|Ingredients:||1 tbs of baking soda|
A few drops of water
A spatula for mixing.
|Instructions:||Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your lips. Place 1 drop of tea tree essential oil on a cotton swab and dab on cold herpes 2 to 3 times a day, until the sore is a bad memory! Contraindications: tea tree essential oil, also called “tea tree”, is not recommended for pregnant and / or nursing women. Baking soda. A good tip of grandmother is sometimes enough to make disappear the cold sore in a minimum of time, while alleviating the pain. Bicarbonate will dry the sore and stop its growth. In a bowl, mix bicarbonate with water until a pasty substance is obtained. Take a dab of this mixture and apply it directly on the cold sore. Leave on for about 5 minutes, then rinse. Renew the application twice a day if necessary until the sore disappears.|
To go along with it, a pharmacist at a drugstore just off Les Champs Elysees dished out these few simple homemade cures for cold sores to our subscriber (our credits go to Sabine_chouchou79):
- To soothe the cold sore, soak a cotton with cold milk that apply on the blisters. It is important to do so from the first tingling. Above all, stop touching it, and it will disappear faster
- To cure a cold sore, use the alum stone which prevents the sore from growing. Herpes labialis is dried out and does not evolve anymore.
- In order not to prolong the presence of the virus, stop consuming foods containing arginine such as chocolate, cola drinks or beer at the first signs.
Keep these 10 real jet-set easy home treatments for cold sores shared by fashion make-up artists as your go-to memo (we’ve prepped a printable version for you to save it for a quick future reference):
|Garlic is a natural antiseptic and ideal for treating herpes.||All you need to do for this treatment is to cut a garlic clove in half and rub a half on the cold sore for a few seconds.|
|A milk-based treatment.||Milk is very rich in lysine, a component that can inhibit the action of arginine, an amino acid causing cold sores. A milk-based treatment may speed up the recovery process. To do this care, you will need to impregnate a cotton with milk and rub it on the cold sore.|
|An ice pouch treatment||As soon as you feel the first tingling around your mouth, apply a bag of ice, or ice cubes wrapped in a clean cloth, for a few minutes.|
|A treatment based on black tea.||To relieve the pain and speed up the disappearance of your cold sore, you can also affix a black tea compress to the area affected by herpes.|
|A treatment based on tomato and aloe vera.||Wash the infected area and apply a little tomato pulp, let it act for a minute, then apply a little aloe vera that will help dry the button.|
|Lemon care.||Lemon has disinfectant and antiseptic properties that will help you fight against cold sores. To do this, apply 4 drops of lemon on the button 3 times a day.|
|A yoghurt treatment.||Yoghurt is made from milk, it also contains a high level of lysine which will help you to eliminate your cold sore. For best results, consume yoghurt during the entire infection period, and you can use it locally by applying fresh yoghurt to the affected area.|
|Treatment with green tomato.||Mix the pulp of a green tomato with a spoon of bicarbonate and apply the mixture on the sore using a cotton.|
|A honey-based treatment.||Mix a spoonful of honey with a little vinegar and apply on the area 3 to 4 times a day.|
|A salt-based treatment.||Crush salt with a teaspoon and then, once well ground, apply to the cold sore with a cotton. Repeat 2 to 3 times a day.|
Some tips for optimal results of herpes labialis home treatment
In addition to treating your cold sores naturally, you should also follow some hygiene tips that will help you to completely and quickly eliminate the virus.
- To dry the sore as quickly as possible, it is very important to wash it every day.
- Avoid exposing yourself to the sun.
- Do not touch your sore and do not press it! Do not remove dead skin, even if the skin is dry, it will restore itself when the virus disappears.
- Once your treatment is complete, discard all products and items that have been in contact with the cold sore. As for example, toothbrush, razor or cosmetic products.
- Temporarily eliminate foods containing arginine from your diet. This amino acid promotes herpes labialis and will only prolong her existence on your mouth. Arginine-containing foods include: chocolate, soda type beverages, peas, peanuts, gelatine, nuts and beer
Home remedies for herpes during pregnancy
Sometimes herpes zoster appears in pregnant women. Is herpes pregnancy a threat to your baby? It depends on the state of health of the future mom. If you one not,so lovely day discover it appearing on your face, you must necessarily consult a doctor. The spread of the virus to the fetus is possible, but instead of worrying about the what has not happened yet and can still be prvented, turn to a specialist. Herpes hernia is not always menacing. However, you still need to know how to prevent it from happening. Preventing the transmission of HSV is very important because one type of virus can spread to different parts of the body. When you touch an infected area, always wash your hands, preferably with special disinfectants.
- Always wash your hands before every meal,
- Dress up warmly and do not let the body cool down,
- Go easy on your resistance training routine, do not overdo it,
- Avoid stress,
- If any of your household members have a cold sores, be careful not to kiss the person in your mouth, make mugs, plates and cutlery he uses in hot water, make sure he uses a separate towel to wipe his face.
- The doctor determines how to treat herpes hernia. Treatment should not be taken on their own.
How to get rid of herpes for good?
In about one quarter of patients after the onset of herpes, there are recurrences of unpleasant symptoms. It is therefore worth learning how to minimize this risk. Healthy diets and dietary supplements will help prevent the appearance of symptoms if you already have the HSV virus. Improving immunity will reduce the risk of re-waking herpes if it has already been healed.
- Healthy lifestyle – daily physical activity, sufficient sleep and a small amount of stress – will help you avoid the recurrence of herpes. Avoid drugs such as alcohol or cigarettes.
- Watch out for the sun! Some studies have shown that UV rays may cause recurrence of herpes symptoms.
- Lysine and other amino acids will slow down the development of the virus. Equally beneficial is vitamin C.
- Eat raw garlic. It suffices to have 1-2 cloves per day to reduce the activity of herpes simplex virus in the body.
- Ice cream wraps method: apply cold ice packs to your skin. It will relieve the symptoms of herpes such as itching and genital herpes.
- Method of oil and olive wrap: using a cotton swab, place tea tree oil mixed with olive oil in the affected area. This will alleviate the symptoms of herpes and accelerate the healing of rashes or bubbles.