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What are different home remedies for Cold Sores? – Part 2

What are Cold Sores?
• Cold sores, are caused be herpes simplex virus1 HSV-1.
• Cold sores appear 3 to 10 days after exposure to the virus and last up to 5 weeks.
• The virus then remains permanently and moves into the nervous system.
• These cold sores are very contagious.

It lies dormant until triggered by:
• Fever
• Cold
• Other viral infection
• Exposure to sun and wind
• Stress
• Menstruation
• High levels of amino acid arginine
• Depression of the immune system

Home Remedies for Cold Sores

13. Witch Hazel
Applying Witch Hazel on sores to get some relief.

14. Use Zinc lozenges
• One of the best ways to prevent cold sores is by sucking on zinc lozenges.
• These lozenges are very good for boosting the immune system.
• They help in preventing cold sores.

15. Use Peppermint Oil
• Use peppermint oil that has been found to be very effective.
• Peppermint oil can penetrate the skin.
• It has powerful antiviral properties and can have a curing effect on cold sores.

16. Use Reishi and Astragalus
• The Reishi mushroom has been widely used in Chinese medicine to boost immunity.
• 600 milligrams of this herb in powder or supplement form can be taken.
• Take it one or two times a day to control the spread of cold sores.
• Reishi is also used in combination with an herb called astragalus.
• This combination helps to improve immunity in people who have been infected with the herpes virus.

17. Use Hydrogen Peroxide
• A good home remedy for cold sores on the tongue is a solution prepared by mixing water with 2 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, one teaspoon of baking soda and five teaspoons of salt.
• This solution can be used to rinse the mouth for at least a minute.
• Do this 4-5 times a day to effectively get rid of cold sores on the tongue.

18. Use Raw Onion
• Small pieces of raw onion can be applied directly on the cold sores.
• This will help to treat and prevent cold sores from getting worse.

19. Use Plum Juice
• For getting rid of cold sores on tongue and in the mouth, 2 tablespoons of plum juice freshly squeezed can be used as a mouth rinse.
• A cotton ball can be soaked for sometime in the plum juice if the sores are severe.
• This is then used as a compress over the cold sores to relieve pain and inflammation.

Cold Sores Diet

– Avoid acidic and salty foods.
– Foods that are high in arginine are to be restricted when having cold sores are:
• Chocolates
• Peanuts
• Grains
• Peas
• Seeds
• Oatmeal
• Whole-wheat
– Avoid tea and coffee.
– Eat vitamin rich diet.
– Include vitamin A, C and E, Zinc and iron in the diet.
– Eat fresh food with high antioxidants and high complex carbohydrates.
– Avoid processed food.
– Eat lots of fruits and green leafy vegetables.

Precautions

• Do not use cosmetic products in an attempt to hide cold sores.
• Burying the cold sores under a layer of makeup will aggravate the problem.
• Avoid picking or pinching at a cold sore.
• This poses a high threat of bacterial infection.
• Never touch the cold sore and then touch your eyes or genitals.
• This will simply spread the infection.
• Make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly.
• Use a hand sanitizer after touching a cold sore.

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