Cold sores can occur, recur, and also after a typical period of time, heal by itself. It causes pain, discomfort and hassle as they occur. Herpes simplex type 1 virus, the causative virus for fever blisters is passed on to other people through kissing, touching and making contact with the individual’s saliva while the outbreak in ongoing. The virus is dormant on the nerves, until it reaches the skin, then an outbreak occurs. When such things happen, here are the things the sufferer should do to promote healing.
At all times, most especially during sore formation or outbreak, keep areas of you lip, mouth and oral areas. Stepping up with the cleaning may be necessary especially when sores are present. Leave it as is, if there is no pus or exudates that are oozing out. If yellow pus is present, you may need to seek medical consultation as this will mean a possible aggravating infection.
It is also best to replace your toothbrush when a cold sore outbreak happens. The infection is surely present in your current toothbrush when the outbreak happens. Therefore, changing it will lessen the spread to your oral cavity. Also, changing your toothbrush as the cold sore heals is most important. You do not want your cold sore to recur since you use the same brush even after healing.
Applying petroleum jelly to your cold sore blister may be helpful. This will ensure dust, and other particles are prevented from entering cold sore ulcers which can eventually cause further infection, adding insult to the injury. Apply using a cotton tip applicator and with clean hands to ensure bacteria from entering.
If your cold sore is recurring for many times a year, supplementing on Lysine, an essential amino acid effective in inhibiting Herpes virus production in the body, may be beneficial. Taking lysine regularly hasten healing of cold sore recurrences, as well as aids in prevention of such blister developments. Lysine rich foods should be increased and conversely, arginine, the amino acid that promotes Herpes virus production should be eliminated from the diet.
The Herpes virus also thrives on acidic environment. The ideal pH balance should generally be around 7.4 and below this indicates acidic state. Thus, keeping body on balance is vital. Avoid acidic diet and enrich with alkaline foods. A trigger to cold sore occurrence is also caused by stress, flu, colds, and excessive sun exposure. This is because these factors tend to cause the body to become acidic. Regular vitamin and mineral intake is also essentially helpful, particularly vitamins B, C and E, as they counteract effects of stress. Calcium is also known as a mineral that helps keep pH level balanced. Acidic foods, aside from keeping the body’s acidity high also offends the external sores, which results to delayed healing of these blisters. Avoidance in eating tomatoes, citrus fruits, carbonated drinks, and food with caffeine and vinegar will be useful.