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How to Get Rid of a Cold Sore: 13 Simple Ways You Should Try

How to Get Rid of a Cold Sore: 13 Simple Ways You Should Try
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You get that tingling feeling and you know what is in store. You find yourself making excuses not to go out and you become somewhat of a recluse. You are afraid to have people staring at your unsightly blemish; your dreaded fiend the cold sore. But do not despair; there are ways you can make your cold sore disappear in no time. Here are 13 ways that will help you get rid of a cold sore fast.

What causes a cold sore?

Cold sores are a result of the herpes simplex virus. This attaches itself to the nervous system and is difficult to control. Once you have the virus you are constantly at risk of developing a cold sore. The virus causes cold sores to be in the background always waiting to be reactivated so prevention can be just as important as treatment. Some things that cold sore triggers are:

  • Fever
  • Infection, colds and flu
  • Ultraviolet radiation, such as a sunburn
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in the immune system
  • Food allergies
  • Trauma
  • Menstruation
  • Dental work

Knowing what triggers a cold sore can help you prevent or treat it just when it is emerging. Often, however, the development of a cold sore can be inevitable so here are tips that will help you get rid of a cold sore fast.

How To Get Rid Of A Cold Sore Fast

1. Zinc

    Zinc will help to boost your immune system. As cold sores may be triggered by stress you can try sucking on zinc lozenges during stressful times. You may also like to apply zinc oxide cream to your cold sore. It has been found that when people used zinc oxide cream their cold sores healed faster and people experienced less side effects than those who applied a placebo cream [1]. Zinc is a trace mineral that is also available through foods such as beef, port, shellfish, peanuts, and legumes. Zinc, however can interact with certain antibiotics and drugs and can be dangerous when taken in high doses so it is recommended that you consult with your doctor when using zinc.

    2. Lysine

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      Lysine is an amino acid that is found in the protein of foods such as cheese, yogurt, meat, milk and beans. Lysine has been found to reduce the number of recurring outbreaks of cold sores and it also helps to reduce the length of time that a cold sore lasts. You can take lysine supplements or eat food that is high in lysine such as chicken, fish, eggs and potatoes. Lysine, however should be taken with care as high levels can increase the amount of calcium absorbed by the body. Individuals with high cholesterol should consult a doctor before taking Lysine.

      3. Ice

        If you ice a cold sore when you first feel it forming, you may reduce the time it stays around. Ice packs and cold compresses will also help relieve the pain. Alternatively, you can buy yourself a very cold drink and this can also help elevate the pain while helping the sore disappear quickly [2].

        4. Milk

          Milk contains proteins known as immunoglobulins. These proteins are essentially anti-bodies that help to fight against and prevent viruses like herpes. It also contains l-lysine. [3] Placing a whole milk compress on your cold sore can help it heal faster and can also help minimize the pain. You can prevent outbreaks by drinking whole milk as this will help you get a dose of l-lysine. If you already have a cold sore you can soak a cotton ball in approximately 1 tablespoon of milk and apply it to the cold sore for several minutes.

          5. Hydrogen Peroxide

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            Hydrogen peroxide can help speed up the rate at which the cold sore heals. As a disinfectant, it also makes it harder for the cold sore to spread or worsen. As the sore is already infected by the virus, keeping it clean can help it heal faster. To use hydrogen peroxide, soak a cotton ball in 1 tablespoon of the peroxide. Place the cotton ball directly on the sore and hold it there for a few seconds. Rinse it off after approximately 5 minutes.

            6. Bees Wax

              Propolis helps cold sores heal quickly and can also aid in reducing the pain. Bees use the natural resin propolis to build their hives. Propolis is created from the buds of trees, bees wax and other byproducts of the bees. It has been used historically to treat wounds and abscesses. It has been found that in test tubes propolis stops the herpes virus from reproducing.

              7. Petroleum Jelly

                Petroleum jelly contains natural emollients. [4]This helps to soften the skin that is affected by the cold sore. As the jelly is very thick it also helps create a barrier that can stop bacteria from entering the cold sore, thus preventing a bacterial infection. Such an infection makes the cold sore last for a longer period of time. To use petroleum jelly, make sure your hands are clean, then using a finger put a thin coat of jelly directly onto the sore. You can reapply the jelly as many times as you like throughout the day until the cold sore disappears.

                8. Vanilla Extract

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                  Vanilla extract contains potent anti-infection properties and this makes it effective in healing the viral infection that causes the cold sore.  As vanilla is also an anti-inflammatory it can help to reduce cold sore pain. You must use 100% pure vanilla extract for it to be effective. To use take the extract and put a couple of drops onto a cotton swap. Place the swab directly on the cold sore. You can repeat every six hours.

                  9. Apply Sunscreen Even on Your Lips

                    Exposure to light, in particular UV light can cause a cold sore to appear. When you are outside, it will help to apply lip balm with an SPF value no less than 15 to ward off the unwanted sore.

                    10. Licorice

                      Some studies have shown that glycyrhizic acid, an ingredient in licorice root can stop the development of the virus cells that form the cold sore. As licorice root is has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties it is also useful in reducing unwanted symptoms. To gain benefit from this plant you will need to get licorice powder and make it into a cream. Mix one tablespoon of licorice root powder to ½ teaspoon of fresh water or petroleum jelly. Dab a thin layer of the mixture over the sore and leave for at least several hours.

                      Try one or a few of these remedies and you will be sure to get rid of you cold sore fast.

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                      11. Throw away Your Toothbrush

                        Your toothbrush will carry the cold sore virus, so you should throw away your toothbrush after the blister has formed, and then you should throw away the second toothbrush when the sore has cleaned up. This will vastly reduce the chance of a second outbreak.

                        12. Have More Vitamins E and C

                          Vitamin C will help to get rid of a cold sore as it helps to boost your white blood cell count, and white blood cells defend your body from nasty infections. You can also apply vitamin E topically to the infection to reduce the pain that you are feeling. If you want to try this you can buy vitamin E oil tablets from your local pharmacy.

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                          100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                          100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                          Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                          By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                          Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                          83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                            84 write random letter

                              85 use a rubberband

                                86 dorm smell bad

                                  87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                    89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                      90 take a picture of the name card

                                        91 iron inside out

                                          92 old newspaper

                                            93 tumble try shoes

                                              keep a card like this

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                                                  94 soap bar

                                                    95 make a hole

                                                      96 drop the battery

                                                        97 use a coozie

                                                          98 when taking a picture

                                                            use a clean dust pan

                                                              try a pants hanger

                                                                use your cellphone light

                                                                  use a spring from an old pen

                                                                    quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                      user binder clips

                                                                        wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                          put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                            clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                              use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                  use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                    use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                      freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                        use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                          almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                            sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                              unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                  remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                    turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                      for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                        how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                          tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                            place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                              ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                  take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                    how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                      put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                        How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                          user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                            good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                              turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                  the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                    add one teaspoon of baking soda

                                                                                                                                      38

                                                                                                                                        hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                          stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                            the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                              how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                  use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                    to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                      user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                        a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                          rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                            use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                              50

                                                                                                                                                                51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                  52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                    rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                      kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                        use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

                                                                                                                                                                          58

                                                                                                                                                                            59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                              60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                  Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                    hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                      use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                        if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                          keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                            If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                              drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                  use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                    do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                      when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                        dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                          put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                            75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                              use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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