How do you get cold sores?
Before we learn how to get rid of cold sores fast, let’s see what causes it first. Also known as fever blisters, the oral herpes is an infection of the lip caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV1). When active, the virus causes painful blisters located on the lips, gums, tongue, palate, inside of the cheeks and sometimes face and neck. It can also trigger other symptoms like fever and muscle pain.
Cold sores infection usually occurs when the virus enters the body through small cracks or cuts in the skin or mucus or after contact with an infected person (no matter whether the lesions are visible or not). Touching an infected person usually is enough to get infected. Teenagers and adults can also get infected by having sexual intercourse or kissing. When the infection outbrakes, the visible blisters and the sores show up when the vesicles erupt after the HSV particles mature and break the cell membrane.
What are cold sores symptoms?
People infected with cold sores usually get headaches, dizziness, lower appetite, insomnia, nausea, chills, fever and muscle pain around the backbone (especially the area towards the head), but all these symptoms disappear after 3 to 5 days.
On the skin and gums, infected persons get small blister filled with fluid that easily break, leaving lesions that heal in several days. The entire time the infection is active and even a few days before, the sick persons experience burning feeling and itching in the infected area.
How to get rid of cold sores fast?
First of all, you need to take a break. Doctors recommend physical break for one or two days, especially for persons with low immunity, suffering or recovering from other conditions, pregnant women and children.
The infected person will eat as many vegetables and fruits as possible, especially those rich in vitamins A (like carrots, orange squash or sweet potatoes), C (broccoli, red bell peppers, oranges, strawberries or grapefruit) and E (tomatoes, kiwi, mango, blueberries or peaches) . During the first days, food that contains fat is forbidden, because it rushes the eruptions. Smoking is also forbidden during the entire outbreak.
Propolis, marigold, lemon balm or oregano cream should be applied on the blisters, while burdock and chamomile are also recommended. For the herpes located on the lips, you can also use foamed egg white.
People suffering from cold sores should drink herb tea (nettle, plantain, rhubarb), one tea spoon of plant for a cup of water. Two cups per day are recommended, drank slowly, a sip at a time. Also, two cups of plant mix tea per day is highly recommended: oak root, chamomile, sage and sweet-clover or nettle, rosemary, plantain and fumitory. 20 drops of marigold tincture, three times a day, are also recommended.
If the symptoms still don’t go away, you should go see a doctor, because having the virus can lead to serious complications. Also, to protect the people around you, after getting rid of cold sores you must know the herpes vesicles still contain large quantities of virus which survive up to 7 days and can be transmitted through saliva.
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