Many home cold sore remedies help to strengthen the immune system, making the body strong enough to fight the virus or keep it dormant. Vitamins, herbs and trace elements help prevent outbreaks of the herpes simplex virus and reduce their duration. Other home remedies ease the pain and irritation cold sores cause. Prescription or over the counter medication for cold sores relieve the symptoms or may shorten the duration and intensity of an outbreak.
One of the benefits to home remedies is that they are often available at the first sign of a cold sore attack. Milk, ice and cooled, wet tea bags placed on the fever blisters can help with any pain. Ice is said to reduce the duration of a herpes simplex attack if applied at the first warning signs, known as the prodrome period, when tingling or burning can be felt in the site where the blisters will emerge.
Strengthening your immune system with vitamins C, B and zinc can hold off the herpes simplex virus. A strong immune system will also prevent other viruses and bacteria. Eating foods rich in these vitamins or taking supplements are a home remedy which can improve your general health as well as preventing the disease outbreaks.
Stress is a known trigger for the disease. Yoga, meditation and other stress management techniques can help combat stress. An added benefit is that your general well being will also improve.
Natural remedies for cold sores, like the complex amino acid lysine, Echinacea and St John’s Wort can promote the antibodies needed to fight viruses such as herpes simplex. Lysine is found in foods such as milk, cheese, eggs, fish and red meat. Echinacea and St John’s Wort can be taken as a supplement. These supports to the immune system can improve your overall health as well as hold off the disease attacks.
Over the counter medications for it are generally topical creams. These are applied a few times a day once the tingling or burning which marks the onset of an attack is sensed. They can reduce the length of the outbreak, healing time and pain.
Prescription medications for the disease can reduce the duration, severity and healing time for an outbreak. When taken as a daily dose they may also prevent cold sore outbreaks. Prescribed medicine it should be taken under guidance from a general practitioner.
Home cold sore remedies are generally preventative in nature, attempting to boost the immune system to keep the virus in its dormant state. An added bonus is that they are easily available and will improve your general health. Medication and medicines for treating the disease are used once they have erupted or as a preventative.