Dr Suretha Kannenberg holds a degree in Medicine and a Masters in Dermatology from the University of Stellenbosch. She is employed as a consultant dermatologist by Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Academic Hospital, where she is involved in clinical duties and the training of medical students and dermatology residents. Her areas of interest and research include vitiligo, eczema and acne. She also performs limited private practice work in the Northern suburbs of Cape Town in general and cosmetic dermatology.
The diagnosis of herpes (cold sores) is easily made based on the visual appearance of the lesions, and the best approach is to see a doctor at the first sign of a blister. If there is concern that the rash may not be herpes, a swab of blister fluid may be collected for viral culture or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. This is most useful in the first 48 hours before the blister has crusted over. If lesions resolve, then cultures are of no help, because there’s nothing left to culture. Culture results take a minimum of three to five days.
POP THAT SUCKER but just remember the liquid inside will come out and spread the virus if you allow it to get on your skin. (The sooner you pop that sucker the better because it’s small and not much will come out)
Milk is very soothing, and it also contains L-lysine which helps to inhibit arginine, an amino acid, that may cause an outbreak. By inhibiting this amino acid, it works to quickly heal your cold sore.
Taking a sample of the blister fluid on a special viral swab can help confirm the diagnosis of HSV. A blood test can also detect the virus more reliably than a swab can. Neither of these tests is routinely available at your GP surgery. Testing might be done in people who have a poor immune system (immunocompromised people). Blood tests are available for people with severe infections.
Combine one tablespoon (15 ml) of licorice root powder or extract with 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) water or two teaspoons (10 ml) of petroleum jelly. Dab this cream onto the cold sore, covering it completely, and let it sit for several hours or even overnight, ideally.
When I feel that slight tingle… I throw out my tooth brush and tooth paste…and get a mint tooth paste…a white one… NOT a clear, blue,or green one… I then apply it directly to the affected area with a cotton swab… do not double dip the swab and let it dry out… reapply for the next few days keeping it dried out you will look funny but it really works.. apply a larger amount at night b4 bed… take off. If u have to go out in public…. this is a jailhouse remedie…. glad I could help n share
I know this sounds crazy. But I have had cold sores since I was a teenager. I am now in my mid 30’s. When I first feel that tingle…I take 2 Tums Ultra 1000 tablets, double up on my Valtrex from 1 to 2 pills and use some Abreva. I take the tums 3 or 4 times a day. I also take the Valtrex 3 times a day. My cold sores never break and never look bigger than a pimple. Works great for me and I got the Tums tip from a friend who swore by it. I always seem to get cold sores right around when my cycle is due, when I am stressed or when I have a cold. And since at least 1 of those happens on a regular, I keep all those handy at all times
To use hydrogen peroxide on a cold sore, it’s best to wait until it has reached the blistering or scabbing stage. This is where most people tend to seek out treatment, anyway, because it causes the most discomfort and irritation.
^ a b Wald A, Langenberg AG, Link K, Izu AE, Ashley R, Warren T, Tyring S, Douglas JM Jr, Corey L (2001). “Effect of condoms on reducing the transmission of herpes simplex virus type 2 from men to women”. JAMA. 285 (24): 3100–06. doi:10.1001/jama.285.24.3100. PMID 11427138. Archived from the original on 2008-12-05.
If cold sores are inside your mouth area, prepare a water-sea salt solution adding half-a-tablespoon of sea salt to the glass-full of water. Now gargle using sea salt water to get relief. The best time for gargling is the morning time. You can repeat this process 3-4 times in a day as well.
Also known as the winter vomiting bug – when people are ill with vomiting and diarrhoea, it’s important to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Young children and the elderly are especially at risk
Comprehensive advice offered (with nuggets of wisdom), but ‘nuts’ (under number 9) shouldn’t be mentioned as an alternative for cold sores. Yes they are high in Vit E, but also contain excessive Arginine – an essential building block in the cold sore virus. For that reason, nuts should actually be avoided during outbreaks.
If you have a cold sore scab, make sure it’s kept clean to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. While the herpes simplex virus is never 100% preventable, there are some precautions you can take with a blister to keep yourself and others safer.
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While coconut oil can’t remove the virus from your system entirely, it can remove blisters caused by HSV-1. It’s a perfect antimicrobial agent, and it will add moisture to the sore. When fever blisters scab over, they can become dry and start to crack. Locking in moisture is beneficial.
Avoid arginine-rich foods. The herpes simplex virus requires arginine, an essential amino acid found in many foods, for its metabolism. Experts suggest that reducing the intake of arginine-rich foods from your diet may help control the occurrence and recurrence of cold sores, while also reducing inflammation in existing cold sores..
Garlic is best taken as a raw clove to release alliin. Each clove is approximately one gram. To make it more edible, you can also crush the garlic into a spoonful of honey or olive oil. This natural treatment will help strengthen your immune system and reduce the likelihood of recurrent sores.
^ Jocelyn A. Lieb; Stacey Brisman; Sara Herman; Jennifer MacGregor; Marc E. Grossman (2008). “Linear erosive Herpes Simplex Virus infection in immunocompromised patients: the “Knife-Cut Sign””. Clin Infect Dis. 47 (11): 1440–41. doi:10.1086/592976. PMID 18937574.
Cold sores are painful blister-like sores that commonly appear around the mouth and are caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1). You might experience pain around your mouth area, a fever, sore throat, swollen glands, and cold sores (also known as fever blisters). Cold sores usually go away on their own after a week or two, but there are methods you can employ to get rid of them more quickly.
If you want to know how to cure a cold sore scab overnight, one option is peppermint oil. It has antiviral properties to stop the spread of HSV-1. It also contains menthol. This soothes any irritation of the skin with a cool, relaxing sensation. This is helpful if the area around your blister is itchy.
STAGE 1 – This happens with an itching or tingling sensation at the infected location. You could also experience a burning or aching sensation in the mouth area. This is likely to happen a couple of days before the actual blemish or sore protrudes on the skin’s surface.
Cold sores are caused by certain strains of the herpes simplex virus (HSV). HSV-1 usually causes cold sores. HSV-2 is usually responsible for genital herpes. However, either type can cause sores in the facial area or on the genitals. Most people who are infected with the virus that causes cold sores never develop signs and symptoms.
You can add more meats and dairy to your diet. But, if you want to find relief fast, taking a lysine supplement that contains the amino acid is the best way to go. You can purchase a lysine supplement and take it daily to prevent severe flare-ups.
If you’ve worked with cornstarch before you’ll be familiar with its fine, almost silky, texture-it seems like it could be soothing to a cold sore, doesn’t it? I would say so, and it can indeed help relieve the itchy burning pain of a sore when directly applied. The less obvious reason as to why cornstarch makes a pleasant home remedy for cold sores is the fact that it neutralizes the pH of the sore- the virus thrives in an overly-acidic environment-and creates an alkaline state (alkaline is the opposite of acidic.) To seek relief, and shorten the duration of your cold sore, simply whip up a silky-smooth cornstarch paste.
Cold sores are really . If you have a cold sore, it’s very easy to infect another person with HSV-1. The virus spreads through — through skin contact or contact with oral or genital secretions (like through kissing). Although the virus is most contagious when a sore is present, it can still be passed on even if you can’t see a sore. HSV-1 can also be spread by sharing a cup, eating utensils, or lip balm or lipstick with someone who has it.
Once you have the herpes simplex virus, it’s there for life and you can validate this by doing your own research. There are a lot of product manufacturers that would like to relieve you of your hard earned money, claiming to have the cure, so be informed before you buy.
Oral prescription-strength medications: The current FDA-approved oral antiviral drugs used in the treatment of herpes simplex virus in adults are acyclovir, valacyclovir (Valtrex), and famciclovir (Famvir). These oral medications have been shown to decrease the duration of the outbreak, especially when started during the prodrome before the rash appears. Acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir are considered relatively safe and effective when used in pregnancy, although topical treatment would be preferred when appropriate. Acyclovir and valacyclovir have been used while breastfeeding. However, pregnant women and nursing mothers should contact their physician or pharmacist prior to using any medication. These medications are generally well tolerated with few side effects, though they may cause headache, nausea, or diarrhea. Doses may vary depending on the individual situation as determined by the prescriber.
I also use ACV but I add a little salt to the mix and dab. Dries it out and it’s gone in a matter of days. If I catch it early enough doesn’t even last over a day. A remedy my mother taught me when I was small and I swear by it.
Take some White toothpaste not the gel kind apply it to the cold sore before you go to sleep or when you will not be seen by other people and let it stay on there for a few hours and it’s gone. Read more
You can also reduce the likelihood of getting a cold sore by avoiding the spread from other people. Never kiss someone who has a blister. You should also avoid sharing things like food or drinks, utensils, towels, toothbrushes, etc. Throwing away your toothbrush and getting a new one after you’ve had an outbreak is also necessary.
Prescription-strength topical medications: Treatment with topical acyclovir (Zovirax 5% cream) or penciclovir (Denavir 1% cream) will reduce healing time by approximately half a day and decrease pain associated with the lesion. Topical treatment is limited in its effectiveness because it has poor penetration into the site of replication of the virus and therefore is restricted in its healing ability. Acyclovir cream should be applied five times per day for four days, and penciclovir cream should be applied every two hours while awake for four days.
The diagnosis of cold sores is usually based on the appearance of the lesions. Usually, no laboratory test is needed because most sores that look like cold sores are cold sores. Occasionally, mouth sores known as canker sores may be mistaken for cold sores. However, canker sores occur inside the mouth whereas recurrent cold sores usually occur on the lips. If there is a question about the diagnosis, a variety of tests are available, including viral culture and polymerase chain (PCR). To do these tests, a swab is rubbed over an active blister. Swabbing the blister in an attempt to culture the virus in the lab works best in the first 24-48 hours before the blister has crusted over. There is also a way to test for herpes DNA in a swab that has been rubbed on the sore. This type of testing is called a “polymerase chain reaction” or PCR for short. PCR testing is very good at detecting herpes virus, but it is not as readily available as culture.
Came on here looking for a remedy as felt a cold sore coming on… u know the feeling! Tried tea tree oil and hey the cold sore never came to anything… that was 8 hours ago. I have applied it 3 times. So far so good. Great ! Thanks so much for the tip. When I lived in Australia, the Tea Tree plantation was just around the corner and their products are fantastic, shampoo, shower get, all kinds of lotions, even toothpaste. Wonderful stuff. NZ Manuka is the New Zealand tea tree (different from the Aussie one) where we get Manuka honey. Wonderful stuff for wounds, bites, ulcers etc.