Cold sores are uncomfortable to say the least and it is important to learn how to quickly heal a cold sore and prevent future outbreaks from occurring.
Treat with hydrogen peroxide
An open blister on your face is vulnerable to infection, especially if you are one of those people that can’t help but touch it often. Frequently disinfecting the sore with hydrogen peroxide can help to prevent bacterial infection.
The cleaner the sore is, the higher the chances of it healing quickly without spreading or becoming worse.
Dab on some aloe
Swab the cold sore with pure aloe vera gel three to four times a day until the sore goes away. Aloe vera will help to soothe your sensitive, blistered skin and also protect it from bacteria infection. This is one of the reasons why aloe vera works and provides relief for eczema and psoriasis.
Apply Lemon Balm Essential Oil
You probably already know lemons are acidic enough to clean almost everything in your house, but recent studies have proven that lemon balm essential oil effectively kills the herpes virus.
Due to the fact that all cold sores are caused by the herpes virus, any treatment that directly targets the virus is automatically one of the most effective cold sore remedies.
As you feel the tingle of a cold sore forming, put a drop of two of lemon balm essential oil to the area, then hold an ice cube on top of the area for ten minutes.
After icing, spread a thin layer of petroleum jelly to protect the sore from bacteria and prevent it from cracking. Repeat several times a day. You maybe lucky enough for the cold sore not to emerge or its severity can be greatly reduced.
Take an Aspirin
Besides offering pain relief, research shows that 125 milligrams of aspirin a day can help reduce the time a herpes infection remains active by 50 percent.
Make a cornstarch paste
This traditional home remedy requires you to make a calls for make a cornmeal poultice but you can make a paste of a little cornstarch and water and dab it on the sore a few times a day.
Cornstarch neutralizes the pH of the sore since cold sores thrive in acidic environments, which will soothe pain and inflammation. Once your sore is healed, you can use that cornstarch as a quick way of removing it.
Try a teabag poultice
At the first twinge of a cold sore, you can apply a damp, cooled tea bag to the area where you expect the outbreak to occur and leave it on the area for 10 minutes.
Repeat three or four times a day to reduce the duration and severity of an outbreak.