Natural Cold Sore Remedies
Natural remedies are used often as cold sore healing tools. Some common natural remedies include Acupuncture and Lysine, which are cited for their effectiveness in not just healing your cold sores but also benefiting your overall health. Here is an review of the top 6 list of cold sore natural remedies that is effective today:
Acupuncture has been used successfully in the treatment of various maladies and symptoms for over 2,000 years. Experts in the practice have shown that it can be an effective treatment for cold sores. Acupuncture works on a different premise than most other treatments. The acupuncturist will first determine the stress levels of the different parts of your body and determine what is causing the cold sore outbreak. The thin needles are inserted shallowly into the skin with no pain involved. The treatment will relax the body where needed and stimulate it into producing natural cortisol and endorphins while stimulating the immune system to fight the outbreak.
Vitamin C has proven to reduce the number of cold sore outbreaks a person has and reduce the duration of cold sores already present. As a general health maintenance precaution, it is recommended to take 200 to 500 mg of vitamin C three times per day. The most reliable sources are Ester C and citrus bioflavonoids. During a cold sore outbreak, some sources recommend to make a paste using vitamin C powder and water. This paste can be applied topically on the lesions overnight for 2 to 3 days.
Toothpaste, either standard white or blue gel, has been used with little success on cold sores. This option does not always work, but some individuals swear by it. Some claim that toothpaste works better when you mix it with salt before applying it directly to cold sores. Give it a couple of minutes for the salt to dissolve in the toothpaste. After applying, let it sit for a couple of minutes before washing it off.
Topical creams with hydrocortisone can help seal off the cold sores and provide some relief from the pain and itching they can cause. One type of topical available with a prescription uses a mixture of hydrocortisone and acyclovir cream that is effective for 42% of people with cold sores in clinical studies. Healing time can also be reduced by an average of 36 hours. However, doctors caution that hydrocortisone should not be used on open lesions or on children under 12 years of age.
Lysine is a naturally-occurring amino acid that can be taken orally as a dietary supplement. Studies have shown that lysine affects the herpes virus to reduce the frequency of outbreaks and reduce healing time when outbreaks do occur. Lysine works by repressing how the body metabolizes another amino acid necessary for the herpes virus to remain active – arginine. A minimum dosage of 1,250 mg daily of Lysine is recommended for the treatment of cold sores. Lysine can also be naturally obtained from such foods as fish, dairy, beans, and many types of vegetables. It is also recommended to avoid foods high in arginine, such as chocolate, wheat, oats, and nuts.
Before a breakout of cold sores, many people experience a tell-tale tingling. If you apply ice for 5 minutes every hour during this early stage, it will sufficiently lower the temperature of the area until the metabolism of the cells there is greatly diminished. The diminished metabolism of the cells reduces the activity and proliferation of the herpes viruses located there. Ice also acts as a numbing agent that reduces itching and pain.