How to Get Rid of a Cold Sore as Fast as Possible?
Cold sores are one of the most common ailments among humans. They affect over 50% of the population at some point in their life span. There are many types of cold sores including:
• Pneumonia (Pneumo) – These are caused by bacteria which enter your body through broken or infected skin. You may have had these before, but they become worse after time. You may experience it during cold season when there is no immunity from germs.
• Eczema (Ecz) – These are caused by yeast and other fungi which grow on your skin. Your immune system cannot fight them off effectively because they do not produce any defense against them.
• Psoriasis (Psi) – These are caused by a type of mold called Candida albicans. It causes red bumps with blisters all over your body. It may cause itching, swelling, and burning sensation.
• Herpes Simplex 1 (HSV1) – These are caused by two viruses called Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Both of these viruses cause warts on your skin. If left untreated, they will eventually turn into cancerous growths.
The best way to get rid of a cold sore is to take care of it immediately. If you wait until it becomes prominent, the virus will spread and become harder to cure. The following steps should be taken immediately if you want to deal with a cold sore virus.
How to Get Rid of a Cold Sore as Fast as Possible:
1. Apply cold compresses on the infected area.
2. Take an over-the-counter painkiller such as Aspirin or Advil (Ibuprofen).
3. Moisten your lips with ice cold water and pat dry with a clean towel.
4. Do not touch the sore or pick at it.
5. If you feel tingling or itching, apply toothpaste on it and leave on for 5 minutes.
Toothpaste contains powerful anti-fungal properties which can cure most kinds of fungi including yeast and mold.
6. If the pain is too much for you to bear, seek immediate medical attention or try taking Tylenol (Acetaminophen).
7. Continue this cycle every 2-3 hours until the sore is healed.
If it doesn’t seem to heal properly after 7 days, seek immediate medical attention.
It’s best to prevent a cold sore rather than get rid of a cold sore. The following steps will help prevent a cold sore:
1. Avoid touching your face as much as possible, unless you are washing your hands.
2. Do not share utensils or towels with other people.
3. Whenever you take a bath or shower, make sure the water is not too hot or too cold.
Aim for a tepid water temperature which is slightly warm or at body temperature.
4. Use a blow dryer on your towels to kill any virus, fungi, or bacteria.
5. Always keep your nails cut short to avoid scratches or scrapes.
6. Stay away from people who are sick as they may be contagious.
7. Try not to get too stressed as it lowers your immune system thus making you more susceptible to sickness.
8. Eat a healthful diet that is low in sugars and starches.
9. Keep your stress levels low and your mind occupied with positive thoughts.
10. If you feel like a sore is coming on, apply an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Aspirin or Advil (Ibuprofen) to stop it from spreading.
While the above steps may help prevent a cold sore if taken daily, it is still possible to get one despite your efforts. If you experience flu like symptoms with a cold sore, you should seek immediate medical attention.
It’s unlikely that I will ever be free of cold sores because my body is prone to them. I have taken all the steps necessary to live a life without worrying about them. The most important thing is to take care of yourself and keep your immune system as strong as possible.
Never let your guard down because that is when you are going to get a big surprise.
If you do get a cold sore, refer to the above steps to cure it as fast as possible.
If it’s your first time getting it, it’s going to be a little scary and you’re probably going to freak out. Just remember this is a common virus that millions of people go through every year. Just relax, take a deep breath, and refer to the above steps.
You can do this!
Stay positive my friends!
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