Home Treatment for Cold Sores – Do They Work?
There are few things that are more embarrassing than a cold sore. They just seem to come out of nowhere, and attach themselves to the most noticeable part of your body, your face. People around the world have suffered from cold sores for many years, and medical science has done very little in the way of treating those cold sores. Sure they have some over the counter creams that you can use as well as prescriptions that claim to lessen the outbreak, but do they really treat the problem? The fact is that no matter what kind of creams they give you the cold sores are prone to return, and the medicines carry their own list of side effects. Many people have turned to treating their cold sores at home, and some have in fact found success, but what is the cause of cold sores and is there any truth to home treatment for cold sores?
Cold sores are a sign that there is another problem. The cold sore is not the disease itself, but rather they are caused by the herpes simplex virus, and the outbreak is a sign of that virus. According to some research, up to 80% of all people carry the herpes simplex virus, but only a small percentage of those people will ever get the cold sores. If you are one of the unfortunate few then here are some home remedies that have been reported to help.
One of the best ways to treat cold sores is to not get them in the first place, and to minimize additional outbreaks. After you are finished dealing with a cold sore outbreak make sure that you do things like throw away your toothbrush. When you are going to be out in the sun make sure that you wear sun screen to keep from damaging your skin. If you are already dealing with the cold sores it has been said that placing ice, and sometimes a tea bag on the cold sore can shorten the length of the outbreak. There are, of course, many homeopathic treatments for cold sores and one of those may work for you. If you find the one that works then you may find that you don’t have to deal with them at all any longer, and who wouldn’t want that?