Home Remedies for Cold Sores
If you have chronic lip or face sore, you do a lot of research on getting an effective remedy. Additionally, everyone looks to offer you advice on how to treat the sore. However if cold sores are plaguing you, here are a few home remedies you may want to try and ones that have reportedly worked for several people.
The use of Preparation H ointment is one of them. The original use of this ointment is for treatment of hemorrhoid discomforts. Treatment of sores with can be a secondary use of this ointment. Apply it on the spot that itches with the indication of an oncoming sore. Its useful to prevent the sore from blowing up. When you apply it before the sore forms, it might never appear. This ointment reduces inflammation and itching.
Earwax is an interesting and unconventional method. Again at the first tingle that indicates a sore is about to form, rub a little ear wax on it.
Nail polish remover is another effective method. It has a stinging effect though. It should be applied to an already formed sore. Hold it on that spot for about five minutes then apply an antibiotic cream on it afterward. carry this on a few times a day until the sore is healed.
Tea bags is another effective remedy. Apply the tea bag to an already existing sore for a few minutes. Afterwards apply eucalyptus oil on it a couple of times daily.
Alcohol – Based products used in the house can also apply. There are several people who can attest to the effectiveness that rubbing alcohol has on cold sores. Additionally, other house-hold products containing alcohol can also be used, such as mouthwash, sanitizer and also aftershave.
Useof garlic is good for already developed blisters. Rub a fresh garlic clover on the sore for about ten minutes. Garlic is known for its anti-viral and anti-bacterial characteristics. Crushing the garlic to a paste and applying it can also help.
Another home remedy is instant coffee. It’s an age-old remedy since early 1970’s. Take the dried granules of instant coffee and mix them with some water and apply the paste to the sore. You should note however that, only instant coffee dried granules work and not the common ground coffee. Note however that the popular ground coffee cannot work, only dried granules of instant coffee can be used.
You can also deodorant to prevent a sore from breaking out. Once you feel the first characteristic tingling feeling, apply regular white deodorant on the spot. The deodorant behaves like an astringent thereby drying up the sore.
There are a number of remedies for sores that work so if you are looking for a fast cure to a sore, give any of these a try.