How to Get Rid of Cold Sores

cold-sores-treat How to Get Rid of Cold Sores

Cold sores which are otherwise called fever blisters. They usually appear on the face , lips, sides and roof of the mouth, gums, nose etc. These cold sores may last for 7 to 14 days and with in the period it may burst and a clear liquid ooze out. Later it forms scab like appearance. It is caused a by a virus called herpes virus type 1 which remains dormant with in the body and becomes active when ever the immune system is disturbed.

Cold sores are contagious disease and it cause pain, sore throat, low grade fever and at times produce swollen glands. Normally it follows cold, stress, fever, exposure to sun etc. Nothing can cure cold sores completely but the home remedies available can reduce the hardships and frequency of the disease.

Home Remedies

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm is found to have anti viral properties and the application of lemon balm will reduce the healing time to around 5 days. Lemon balm if used regularly will also reduce the frequency of reoccurrence.


Include foods that are rich in lysine in your diet as the lysine is essential to produce proteins. From these proteins our body produces antibodies, hormones, tissues and enzymes. These substances in turn will fight with the disease causing organisms especially herpes virus. Foods that are rich in lysine are eggs, red meat, cheese, milk, brewers yeast, wheat germ, fish etc. You can also apply lysine balms on the affected area and it will reduce the healing time.

Grape Fruit Seed Extract

You can make a balm with 3 or 4 drops of grape fruit seed extract with olive oil or aloe vera extract and apply it on the cold sores.

Aloe vera

Apply the juice taken from the aloe vera leaves on the sores as soon as they start to appear. This will protect you from blossoming of the sore and also checks the further development of the new sores.


Application of ice on the sores will help you to relieve the pain and it also prevents the virus from moving in to the skin from the nerves. Apply ice for about 10 minutes in an hour and do this as soon as the sores begin.