How to Get Rid of a Cold Sore

Written by chris sherwood
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Nothing is more annoying than waking up one morning with a cold sore in your mouth. They are painful, in some stages contagious, and really put a damper on your fry eating while going out for fast food. So what can you do when you are faced with a cold sore? Well, here are a couple great natural remedies to help relieve the pain of a cold sore, as well as cut the time you are forced to live with the cold sore in half.

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Things you need

  • Salt
  • Aloe
  • Tea bag
  • Ice cubes

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    The first step in getting rid of a cold sore is keeping yourself well hydrated. This is actually a major step in the healing process of anything your body faces, as a well hydrated body helps you to heal quicker.

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    Your next step is to try the salt method. Apply a small pinch of salt directly to the affected area. This will help reduce the healing time for your cold sore. A caution though, this may sting a little.

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    The next method to try is rubbing the liquid of an aloe leave directly on the sore. Aloe has many healing properties and is also great for sunburns.

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    If the cold sore still persists, rub ice on it. The cold of the ice helps to stop, or at least slow down the spread of the virus.

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    The final method that you can try before breaking down and heading to the chemist is a tea bag. Tea contains tannic acid, which acts as an antiviral agent.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are constantly getting cold sores, try daily eating yoghurt. Yoghurt contains ingredients that can help prevent cold sores.
  • If you are consistently getting cold sores, keep a food diary and see what foods aggravate the condition. This will help you single out the culprit and change your diet accordingly.
  • There are points in which a cold sore is contagious. For instance, a cold sore is actually a symptom of Herpes simplex 1, a disease that roughly affects 80 per cent of the population. If you have a cold sore, be careful who you kiss as it can actually spread the virus.

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