How To Treat Cold Sores
In this Videojug clip, a general practitioner gives step-by-step instructions for women on how to treat cold sores. She takes the audience through the four steps which will be definitely useful to women in dealing with cold sores.
Today, I am going to talk about how to treat cold sores. Step 1: Identify them. Cold sores happen usually at the edges of the mouth.
They tend to happen when you really feel run down. So, when you have got a cold or recovering from a flu, that's the time you are most likely to get the cold sore. Step 2: What you can try to treat them.
If it had happened before, you would have probably noticed getting a tingling sensation before they are about to erupt. During those warning stages, you can already start trying to treat them. Simply using a cold tea bag and applying it to the area can be helpful, because tea contains tanic acid, which is based out of antiviral properties.
The other thing which is very useful thing to try is to get some over-the-counter acyclovir cream. That's an antiviral cream that can help stop the reproduction of virus before it erupts. Once the cold sores have erupted, there is a bit less that you can do.
At that point, you just got to minimize the spread of infection. The best way to do that is to always wash your hands very frequently. Try as hard as you can not to pick them.
If you want to protect them against getting infection, using a simple petroleum jelly like Vaseline over the top can act as a very good barrier as could aloe vera gel. Step 3: Preventing recurrence. We all know that the cold sores are most likely to happen when you are feeling run down.
Other things that predispose of them, like fever, periods or even exposure to sun light, and the best way to stop from getting cold sores is to get plenty of sleep. Try not to be stressed and eat really well. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables that contain antioxidants, micronutrients and garlic.
Step 4: When to see your doctor. You should see your doctor if you have recurrent bout of cold sores and you are worried that you might have an underlying immune problem, because you have some other diseases that predisposed to that when you are on medication predisposed to that. And that's how to treat cold sores. .