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Cold Sores - First Aid For Treating A Cold Sore

Jun 11, 2008
Cold sores and oral herpes can be resolved easily and safely with proper first aid methods. In this short article, I will share with you the most effective first aid tactics for your cold sores.

Discomfort and embarrassment are the main reasons for trying to heal a cold sore quickly and permanently. But there are other reasons worth noting here.


It is very easy to spread the herpes simplex virus to your eyes while treating one on your lip. Every time you get a cold sore you are at risk of infecting and damaging your eyes. Use extreme caution with contaminated fingers or towels.


Scientists have found similarities between Alzheimer's and cold sores. It does not mean that cold sores could cause Alzheimer's, but it is interesting that they do share similar protein activity. Preventing cold sores before they happen may become more important as the facts unfold.

Here are top first aid techniques you can use for quickly healing your cold sores. The quicker you can get rid of a cold sore, the sooner you can get on with your life.


Applying ice is one of the best and quickest ways to reduce the pain of a cold sore. A frozen tea bag is even better for this purpose since the tea contains some anti-viral properties.

Some of the drug store cold sore remedies contain ingredients - such as benzocaine - that will numb the area. These remedies generally do not work as well as ice, but are much more convenient at work or travel.

You can reduce the headaches, fever and swollen lymph glands with your usual medicines for these purposes - such as aspirin or Advil.


First aid for any sore requires constant cleansing with an antiseptic solution. In the case of cold sores, alcohol or peroxide are the treatments of choice. Not only will you be sterilizing the area but also wiping away millions of herpes virus particles.

Use throwaway cotton balls or tissues for convenience and safety. You do not want to spread this highly contagious virus.

At the drug store, you can get individual use alcohol packets that are very convenient. Just wipe and throw away. Keep them in your desk, pocket or purse.


A lot of skin cells are destroyed in the creation of a cold sore. Your body will heal itself but you can speed it along with the application of Aloe Vera gel.

Aloe Vera is an amazing remedy for healing. For best results, you must use living gel from a live plant. The bottled stuff is not nearly as good because the enzymes are killed in the bottling process.

The following remedy combination will give good results also, with or without the Aloe Vera cold sore treatment.

Apply a warm, wet tea bag for 10 to 15 minute sessions. After each session, apply a zinc-based salve or gel. Some of the drug store remedies contain zinc. By itself, these salves do not do much but, in combination with the tea bag application, they seem to really help.


Start taking a good quality multi-vitamin every day. You will find your sores are not as bad and they will heal much faster. Often people find they get fewer and fewer cold sores the longer they take vitamins.

Ice has always been one of the best remedies for cold sores if used prior to the sore opening up. Once this happens, your sore is in the healing mode and ice will slow down this phase. Ice is still good for the pain but fast healing depends on the application of heat.

Using one of those numbing remedies now will not interfere with healing and will give you some relief from the discomfort.

One very painful part of a cold sore event is the cracking of the scab when you smile or chew. It also slows down the healing process.

Applying oil to keep the scab soft will reduce painful cracking. You can use any vegetable oil but olive oil and garlic oil are exceptional for this.

Avoid the need for first aid of your cold sores by making an effort to prevent them in the first place. With what we know about cold sores today, it is relatively easy to reduce cold sore occurrences by 50% or more. For many folks, just taking a daily vitamin will achieve this.

You are unique. No one is quite like you. As such, some remedies will work for you that do not work for other people. You will need to keep trying different things. If you do, you will soon discover the best way to prevent your cold sores.
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