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Treatment and Prevention of Common Skin Conditions: Cold Sores

Jul 30, 2008
Cold sores or fever blisters are formed when a kind of viral infection hits the skin and nervous system. This skin condition is usually caused by herpes virus, which remains in a passive state till such times it is triggered into action, this could be infective. This skin condition should not be confused with impetigo which shows up between the nose and upper lip. The impetigo discharge is usually cloudy and looks like honey. Canker sores are a type of ulcers that do not spread and which grow in the soft tissues of the mouth where you do not get to see the sores.

As prophylactic step for the management of cold sore, always wash your hands well. Acyclovir (Zovirax) is a drug effective in reducing the duration of stay of this skin condition. However, treatment may include topical creams or ointments or sometimes antiviral medicines (such as acyclovir or famciclovir). If you have to manage accompanying pain, take paracetamol or take the help of witch hazel and apply on the sores. This local application medicine is a good anesthetic too. It is important to have a hearty yet balanced diet which is in no way deficit in vitamins A, C, E, zinc and iron, as this helps in boosting your immune system and combating this skin condition. You also need to do away with overtly salty, spicy or acidic foods and drinks which could harm the sores.

Prevention is more preferred than cure any day so do without spicy or salty foods. It is best to have no or very moderate quantum of foods which are as follows: chocolates, peanuts, grains, peas, seeds, oatmeal and whole-wheat rich in arginine. Your focus should be a diet high in vitamin content and saying no to tea and coffee.

Take some ice and rub it on the sore for a few minutes and do this again every hour and this is one of the very effective home remedies for the management of this skin condition. You could also place tea bags on the sore area for a few minutes and do this every hour. Another option is to hold a warm tea bag on the blisters for half an hour.

Applying witch hazel on this skin condition has a miraculous relief effect. Take cover from sun-related cold sores by using sunscreen on the lips and arrest its recurrence.

Coconut Oil: Take 100ml of coconut oil, 2ml of disinfectant, and 3ml or carbolic acid and mix them together. Put this on the cold sores twice a day. Some even recommend this for treating boils and mosquito bites.

One acknowledged home remedy for this skin condition is found in tea tree oil, when it is consumed as a drink with herbal sage and violet. You could make a mixture of all these items and add a few sage leaves and ginger powder and then put all of it in a cup of boiling water. If you want your cold sores to simply go away in a short span of couple of days, drink this at least 2 to 3 times a day.

When everything fails for you, 3 acidophilus pills twice a day in the morning and evening could work wonders and dry and clear up. When this skin condition bothers you often try taking 2 pills a day. Of course this by no means is an exhaustive list of home remedies for cold sores, but some of the commonly used methods.
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