How to Treat a Cold Sore During Pregnancy

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Herpes simplex type 1 is the primary cause of cold sores, although herpes simplex type 2, which is the cause of genital herpes, can also cause cold sores in patients. About 90 per cent of adults have been exposed to one type of herpes virus, meaning cold sores are possible in just about anyone. Cold sores are contagious, but you should take caution to treat a cold sore during pregnancy. There are natural treatment options available so you don't have to take any medication, which may not be safe for pregnant women.

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Things you need

  • Ice pack
  • Acetaminophen
  • Cornstarch
  • Petroleum jelly
  • 3 Sage leaves
  • Water
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1 Bag of tea

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    Pain Relief

  1. 1

    Apply an ice pack to the cold sore to help ease the pain and discomfort.

  2. 2

    Take over-the-counter acetaminophen if you have a cold sore that causes pain. Unless otherwise directed by a doctor, ibuprofen is not safe to take during pregnancy.

  3. 3

    Wait it out. Cold sores will eventually go away on their own without treatment.

    Cold Sore Treatment

  1. 1

    Rub an ice cube over your cold sore. Do this for 10 minutes every hour to prevent the virus from moving from your nerves up to your skin.

  2. 2

    Mix cornstarch with water to make a thick paste. Pile it on your cold sore and allow the paste to dry before you wash it off. This will help clear up your cold sores.

  3. 3

    Apply petroleum jelly to the area around the cold sore to prevent cracking and dryness.

    Monitor Your Diet

  1. 1

    Add three sage leaves to a cup of boiling water. Allow it to steep, then add one teaspoon of powdered ginger. Drink several cups of this sage tea daily until your cold sores disappear.

  2. 2

    Steep a bag of tea in boiling water for about five minutes. Apply the tea to your cold sore lesions, which can help the lesions crust over and disappear within four or five days.

  3. 3

    Skip arginine, a food that can provoke herpes simplex outbreaks in some people. You can find arginine in cereals, gelatins, beer, nuts, peas, soda and chocolate.

Tips and warnings

  • Check with your doctor before you try to treat your cold sore in any way.

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