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Cold sores are unsightly lesions that appear most frequently on the lips, but can also appear inside the nose as well. They are a manifestation of the herpes simplex virus that most people are exposed to as young children.
Although many people carry this virus and never know it, never displaying symptoms,
others are cursed with frequent outbreaks. For those people who do suffer with cold
sores, there is nothing so aggravating as the tingling sensation that serves as a
warning that a cold sore is about to appear -
Once a cold sore makes its appearance on your lip, there is a standard course that its development must take. The cold sore virus activates in your nerve cells, where it resides until some stressor awakens it from its dormant state.
Once activated, it travels to the skins surface, where it erupts into a cold sore. Blisters form on the lip that are filled with a clear fluid. This fluid is contagious; it is very important that you do everything you can to isolate it and not allow it to spread to other areas of your face, to your eyes, or to other people, as that is how the virus is transmitted.
After a few days, the blister will form a yellow scab; this is your notification that it is about to go away.
Be aware that you are contagious even once the cold sore has scabbed; it is not until it is completely gone that you can relax.
In order to shorten the course of this ordeal, there are many home remedies for cold sores that people try, but the best thing that you can do is to try to prevent an outbreak; know what your triggers are, whether they are stress, hormonal changes, or eating specific foods, and try to stay away from them.
People who suffer from cold sores have tried just about everything to make these ugly lesions go away; after all, once you have a breakout, all you want is for it to disappear.
Cold sores on lips are terribly obvious and can make a big impression on the people who see it, which is probably why people will try just about anything to make them go away fast.
Solutions that people offer to each other have gone so far as to apply nail polish to the sore, or to use pure alcohol as if there are germs that need to be killed.
Understanding that cold sores are caused by a virus goes a long way to help you avoid treatments that not only won't help but can actually make matters worse.
There are several home remedies that people claim are both effective and quick -
Some people use tea tree oil directly on the lesion, and there are several tea tree lip balms that have been said to be effective. Many people use Lysine, while others prefer Abreva.
And some people simply go with the old fashioned remedy of icing it to reduce swelling and cleaning it several times per day with hydrogen peroxide.
Whichever treatment you find that works best for you, keep in mind that there is nothing that can be done to completely cure your cold sore problem; at this point, medical science has not come up with a way to eradicate or kill the virus.
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