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The cold sore blisters are caused due to a virus, and are contagious. The virus spreads via skin contact and hence, measures should be taken to avoid the spread of infection. Usually no medical treatment is required for cold sores, but the pain and discomfort can be treated with the help of home remedies. (See Reference 1) Just by using ingredients present in your kitchen can work wonders when treating cold sores.
If the blisters appear red and inflamed, they can be treated with the help of cold compress. Apply a cold and wet towel on the affected area and keep it for some time. Thereafter, apply some witch hazel on the blisters. Witch hazel works like an astringent and helps to hasten the healing process and providing relief from the discomfort. (See Reference 1)
For centuries turmeric is known for its antiseptic and healing properties. It also helps to alleviate pain. Make a paste of turmeric powder and water and apply it on the blisters. Keep the paste on for 30 minutes and then gently wash it off. It will reduce the swelling and also help to alleviate the pain. (See Reference 1)
You can even apply natural honey on the blisters. Honey has antiviral properties and helps to hasten the healing process. Aloe vera is another natural ingredient that can help in fighting the virus causing the sores. Apply aloe vera gel on the blisters to boost the immune system to fight the virus. Another natural home remedy to treat cold sores is by making use of tea tree oil. The oil is antiseptic in nature and helps to fight the virus and reduce the inflammation. Just rub some oil gently on the blisters. (See Reference 1)
Asian traditional medicine uses garlic for treating many infections and ailments. Garlic has healing and antiseptic properties that can stop the activity of the virus and help to fight the infection. Mix one crushed clove in some water and drink the mixture. (See Reference 1) This mixture should be had several times a day.
Above all, ensure that you constantly wash your hands with soap to prevent the virus from spreading to other parts of your body. Many people unconsciously pick the sores and this causes the virus to adhere to their fingers. This should be avoided under all circumstances. (See Reference 1) Also, take steps to boost your immune system by consuming foods that are rich in lysine and low in arginine. So, eat foods like fresh fruits, red meat, fish and dairy products. (See Reference 1)
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