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Cold Sores

Cold sores are small, painful, fluid-filled blisters that usually occur on the lips, gums, or roof of the mouth. Cold sores, also called as fever blisters are caused by herpes simplex virus. Cold sores are contagious. They are often mistaken for canker sores - a non contagious mouth ulcer. Sometimes they may occur on the chin, nostrils, fingers or genitals. The medical term for cold sores is recurrent herpes labialis.

Cold Sores
Rub fresh aloe juice directly onto the infected area for fast relief. Aloe gels can also be used instead of fresh aloe juice.
Cold Sores
  • Aloe juice
Cold Sores
  • Avoid acidic and salty foods. Foods such as chocolates, peanuts, grains, peas, seeds, oatmeal and whole-wheat are high in arginine, therefore they should be restricted.
  • Avoid tea and coffee. Eat a vitamin rich diet. Include garlic to your diet. Eat fresh food with high antioxidants and high complex carbohydrates.
  • Avoid processed food. Eat lots of fruits and green leafy vegetables.
  • Always wash your hands after touching your fingers or genitals. Always avoid direct contact with the blisters due to cold sores.
Other Remedies
Cold Sores
  • Lemon balm minimizes herpes outbreaks. It can be applied topically in cream form. Or brewed as a tea, lemon balm can be taken internally.
  • Olive leaf extract is good as a natural antibiotic for viral infections.
  • Vitamin B complex is very important for healing and immune system functions. Take 100 mg of each major B vitamin twice a day.
  • Place a small amount of salt on the cold sore and hold it in place with your finger for a minute or two. This may be painful but it is one of the quickest ways to heal cold sores.
  • Cut a clove of garlic in half and place one part on the cold sore. Garlic has antiviral properties, which speeds up healing.
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