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William asks…

Home remedy for cold sores?

vti answers:

There is no home remedy that will work for cold sores as they are caused by a virus. You need to talk to your doctor about prescription medication that will help greatly.

Http://www.emedicinehealth.com/cold_sores/article_em.htm

There are things you can do to help with the symptoms. Keep the cold sores area clean and dry.

Wash your hands with soap and warm water and keep them clean at all times.

Avoid touching, squeezing or pinching your cold sores as doing these can cause an infection and prolong the time to heal. Cold sores are also very contagious and can easily spread to other parts of the body such as the nose and eyes if not careful.

Take over-the-counter pain killers such as acetaminophen to relieve pain.

Use a cold or warm compress on the area of the cold sores to relieve swelling and discomfort.

Apply a zinc based ointment that can be purchased at any drug store on the cold sores. Zinc helps to speed up the healing process.

Stay out of the sun. The ultraviolet rays from the sun can aggravate the cold sores and may cause new ones to appear. Use a sunscreen to protect the skin when out in the sun.

Exercise and sweat it out. Sweating removes toxins from the body.

Get sufficient sleep. Fatigue can stress the body and slow down the healing process.

Eat a healthy diet including lots of vegetables. Research shows that broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts contain a certain type of minerals that can prevent the spread of the cold sore virus.

Drink plenty of water.

Http://www.ehow.com/how_2067364_treat-cold-sores.html

Maria asks…

Are there any home remedies to get rid of a cold sore?

A cold sore popped up on my lip yesterday, i think its because of the weather but is there anything i can do at home to make it go away?

And also, what about pimples? I get them every week before i start my period, any help for those at home?

vti answers:

Buy a bottle of NEAT (100% pure) essential oil of Geranium. At the first sign of a cold sore starting place one drop of the oil on the sore using a clean finger or a cotton bud. Thereafter use diluted geranium oil. You make the diluted version by adding two drops of essential oil of geranium to a teaspoonful of carrier oil (this can be grapeseed oil, sweet almost oil or even the cooking oil that you normally use – but preferably NOT corn oil). The teaspoonful of the mix (which is referred to as an aromatherapy oil once diluted – rather than an essential oil) can be kept in a small container (an egg cup would do or a small plastic medicine cup. Use this as needed over the next few days and the cold sore should vanish.

This does not work as well if you don’t catch the cold sore immediately you feel that tell-tale tingle and sharp pain but it’s still worth doing.

I’m a qualified aromatherapist and retired lecturer on the subject and this has worked for everyone I’ve offered it to, including my elderly mother who was plagued with cold sores for most of her life. It will not prevent them coming back but it gets rid of the misery of them when they do appear.

A WARNING – Some stores sell diluted essential oils and give the impression that they are 100% pure. Read the label carefully and if it states that there is any other ingredient e.g. Sweet almost oil, it is not an essential oil – it is a ready mixed aromatherapy oil and should cost a fraction of the pure oil – but quite often they are as expensive. The label should say PURE ESSENTIAL OIL OF……and then the name of the plant. You can make very, very many ready mixed bottles from one bottle of the pure essential oil (which is the genuine plant extract). They should all come in brown glass bottles with a plastic dropper insert or a rubber pipette dropper. The plastic dropper is the better one because rubber will eventually perish.

Donald asks…

Home remedies for cold sores?

vti answers:

There is no over-the-counter medication or home remedy that cures cold sores. Only time will take care of that. But there is a good prescription medication for cold sores. It will make them go away much faster, and as a result of taking this medication you will have far fewer outbreaks of cold sores.

The absolute best treatment for cold sores is a prescription medication in pill form called Valtrex. It was intended for genital herpes, but cold sores are caused by the same family of viruses, and Valtrex stops colds sores in their tracks. None of the other treatments come close to the effectiveness of Valtrex, not the ointment Zovirax, and certainly not Abreva or anything else. Ask your doctor about it to see if you would be a good candidate for this medication. My doctor prescribed it for me for cold sores about five years ago and after taking it only a couple of times I hardly ever get a cold sore any more, and before Valtrex I was having several attacks a year. On the rare occasions that I do get one now, it is gone almost immediately when I take the medication – in about a day. In the meantime, here are a couple of informative links.

Http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/cold-sores-topic-overview
http://kidshealth.org/kid/ill_injure/aches/cold_sores.html
http://www.herpes.com/Transmission.shtml

Herpes Transmission


http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=9542

Ruth asks…

Home remedy for a cold-sore?

I’ve used almost a full tube of Zovirax, and it hasn’t really helped.
I’m putting toothpaste on it as I heard this works, but is there anything else at home I can use to help the healing process?

vti answers:

Firstly, because another answerer has mentioned canker sores, just wanted to say that canker sores and cold sores are not the same so there is really no point in looking at canker sore treatments (i.e. The link they provided). Canker sores are mouth ulcers that occur inside the mouth: http://www.wikihow.com/Treat-a-Cold-Sore-or-Fever-Blisters

On the above link it is suggested that you change your toothbrush at the start of an outbreak because an infected toothbrush could keep re-infecting you, and to use a new toothbrush when the infection is over.

Other than toothpaste as an home remedy, there are some interesting ayurvedic home remedies:
http://www.ayurvediccure.com/home-remedies/cold-sores.htm

During an infection you should also make sure you don’t touch a cold sore with your fingers, so as not to spread the infection. Never share towels, etc, or kiss another during the infection. Avoid nuts and chocolate during an infection as these are rich in arginine and that can prolong the infection. You may benefit from taking a supplement of L-lysine. You may also benefit from drinking Lemon balm tea regularly as that has some known anti-viral properties against the cold sore virus.

Good luck.

Betty asks…

whats a home remedy to get rid of a cold sore ??

schools starting the day after tomorrow and i really need to get rid of this cuhs it makes my lips freakin HUGE

vti answers:

There is no over-the-counter medication or home remedy that cures cold sores. Only time will take care of that. But there is a good prescription medication for cold sores. It will make them go away much faster, and as a result of taking this medication you will have far fewer outbreaks of cold sores.

The absolute best treatment for cold sores is a prescription medication in pill form called Valtrex. It was intended for genital herpes, but cold sores are caused by the same family of viruses, and Valtrex stops colds sores in their tracks. None of the other treatments come close to the effectiveness of Valtrex, not the ointment Zovirax, and certainly not Abreva or anything else. Ask your doctor about it to see if you would be a good candidate for this medication. My doctor prescribed it for me for cold sores about five years ago and after taking it only a couple of times I hardly ever get a cold sore any more, and before Valtrex I was having several attacks a year. On the rare occasions that I do get one now, it is gone almost immediately when I take the medication – in about a day. In the meantime, here are a couple of informative links.

Http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/cold-sores-topic-overview
http://kidshealth.org/kid/ill_injure/aches/cold_sores.html

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