Cold sores are very contagious
The virus, herpes simplex virus type 1, spreads through direct contact like kissing. Moreover, sharing common utensils like plates, glasses, bottles with someone who has been suffering from the disease is not advisable.
According to statistics, an estimated of the majority of the sufferers acquired the virus before turning ten years of age. Two known causes of cold sores are herpes simplex virus type 1 and herpes simplex virus type 2.
Cold Sore Remedies Found at Home
Applying ice onto the affected area is one of the most effective home remedies.
This actually soothes itching and lessens the swelling. If ice is applied to the inception of the stage of a cold sore, it slows down the rapid growth of the infection by keeping the sore smaller and halting its advancement. When applying ice on the infected area, remember to hold it for about 3-8 minutes. Repeat this procedure whenever necessary. Rubbing aloe, lemon balm extract, or tea bags to cold sores is also one of the great home remedies for cold sores to lessen their size and help decreasing pain.
Reduce or cut-off coffee intake is another way of preventing cold sores. According to research and studies, coffee can be a chemical agent that triggers cold sore uprising. Vitamin C plays a very important role in healing. It is good to have 200-500 milligrams of Vitamin C along with 200-500 milligrams of citrus bioflavonoids three times a day. Also, try topical Vitamin E – (creams). It will soothe the pain.
Zinc has the ability to accelerate the healing process. However, do not consume more than 15 milligrams without consulting medical health care professionals.
When you feel the tingling sensation, try to rub Aloe Vera extract onto the affected area. As a precautionary measure, it is good to take a bottle of Aloe gel. This has been proven to be very effective if used early or when the first sign of a cold sore is imminent.