Cold sores are a form of herpes simplex and are extremely contageous. Be very careful if you have cold sores. They tend to last about a week and start with a weird tingling feeling on your lip. They quickly turn into a painful blister on the outside of your lip. You can catch the herpes simplex virus from others who have it. It can take up to almost a month to show up after being in contact with it.
Once you get the virus, cold sores continue to appear for years and years. Sometimes they are triggered by certian things like fluctuating hormones or extreme stress. Even though cold sores will eventually go away on their own, you can use herbs in order to shorten the length of time they are present. Use herbs to boost the immune system and also to keep the sore clean.
Make sure you wash your hands after every time you touch a cold sore. Avoid close contact with others. Don’t let anyone use your lipstick/chapstick or tooth brush. In fact, in order to prevent breakouts happening too often, you should change out your tooth brush and chapstick often. The virus can live on these objects and cause more frequent sores.
Use aloe vera if you have a cold sore. It can speed up the healing time and reduce any inflammation and swelling. Aloe vera gel can be applied topically to the cold sore many times per day.
Black walnut is a popular herb used in the treatment of cold sores. Black walnut can be used as a capsule and also can be applied to the sore topically. It is best to do both ways to ensure your cold sore is healed as fast as possible. Black walnut is a known antiseptic and it also has a high level of natural iodine.
Comfrey is a great herbal remedy for cold sores also. You should apply it on the sore and it will help to heal the sore faster.