Cold sores usually appear on the skin when the body is infected with herpes simplex virus, which is characterized by small blisters located outside of the lips or mouth and that cause itching. Here is a homemade remedy to get rid of it.
Herpes simplex: what is it?
There are two types of herpes simplex virus: type 1 or HSV-1 is the most common virus and usually corresponds to oral herpes, while type 2 herpes or HSV-2 is located on the genitals. Type 2 is usually at the level of the cervix, vulva, urethra, penis, anus and mouth.
Transmission occurs following contact between skin and mucous membranes. After being infected for the first time, the virus remains latent in the body and it can occasionally resurface because of an infection, stress or other factors (once you have it, it is for life, it does not disappear!). The first symptoms are small cracks in the skin. Studies have shown that nearly 2/3 of the world population under 50 years is infected with the virus herpes simplex (cold sores), sometimes even without knowing.
What triggers cold sores?
- Stress, both physical and emotional
- Common cold or other respiratory conditions
- Sun or wind exposure without protection
- Hormonal changes during menstruation
This virus is highly contagious, hence the need to avoid direct contact with others during the incubation period (when the blisters develop) if you do not want to infect others. This advice also applies to people who have never had herpes if you see a person with these symptoms, do not kiss him!
Also, if you have a cold sore, previously wash your hands before touching your eyes or genital area. Oral sex can also be a way of transmission of the infection and therefore it is best to avoid it if you are infected.
What is the life span of a cold sore?
Generally it lasts a week. Although painless, it can in some cases cause a burning sensation and form a yellow crust.
Here is a home remedy to naturally cure cold sore:
To treat a cold sore, there are many medications available in pharmacies, but also natural treatments like this home remedy that effectively treats cold sores. Not only will it relieve symptoms of discomfort and inconvenience but it will also speed up the healing process.
This grandmother remedy is to put a cotton pad soaked in whole milk on cold sore that will relieve the pain and discomfort of wounds for faster recovery. Just keep at room temperature a small cup of milk before you soak the cotton pad and place it on the cold sore. Leave this cure for 10 minutes before rinsing with water. Repeat the operation as often as possible (at least once a day) to see an improvement.