I’ve had to stop my 30 shades of lipstick challenge because I’ve had a visitor for the last few days. An uninvited visitor known as… A COLD SORE!!! Ever since I was 7 years old I’ve suffered from Cold Sores. When I was a kid they would always pop up right in the corner of my mouth at the same time every single year. Sometimes they would be so painful I wouldn’t be able to even open my mouth wide enough to talk. As an adult, they pop up multiple times a year and now, I’ve been blessed with three of these mutinous craters on my lip. I always know when one is about to pop up because my lips begin to tingle, they become extremely dry and sometimes they get numb.
Cold Sores, also known as Fever Blisters or Herpes Simplex Virus-1 (HSV-1) can be caused when the Herpes virus enters the body through a break in the skin. This could be a small cut or slight abrasion. Once this occurs, HSV-1 never leaves the body it just lies dormant until activated again.
How are they caused?
Cold Sore outbreaks can be triggered by many things, including: stress, menstruation, bad hygiene, menstruation, fever, dehydration, change in diet and even local skin trauma. For me, I get Cold Sores when I’m dehydrated and recently due to a severe amount of stress I’ve been blessed with three of these lepers!
For me, my symptoms are always the same. My lips are extremely dry and they tingle or get numb. But, there are a few other signs and symptoms that give the signal that a Cold Sore is about to make its way to your mouth:
- Sore Lip
- Burning Sensation
- Swollen Lips
People often laugh at me when I tell them how I get rid of my Cold Sores. I really have a strong distain for taking medicine so I try to search for remedies that can be a quick cure for these Cold Sores. Here are a few of my favorite remedies:
- Nail polish remover- I know it sounds unsafe but the chemicals in nail polish remover help speed up the healing process of Cold Sores. Simply dip a cotton swab in your nail polish remover and hold it on the sore for 10 minutes. Then fill a sandwich bag with ice and place it on your lip (be sure to put a paper towel between your mouth and the bag so that the sore stays dry) within 24 hours the sore should enter the yellow scabby phase and will be completely healed within 3 days.
- Lysine – Eat foods that are high in lysine like yogurt, cheese, grains and meats. Lysine is an amino acid that can assist with ridding the body of different ailments and impurities.
- Drink plenty of water – Cold Sores germs love to play around in dry and warm environments. Drink plenty of water to keep the area cold and moist so that the blisters are forced to dry out and heal.
- Anti-inflammatory – Taking medicines like Ibuprofen can assist with treating the swelling
- Moisture – Keep lips moisturized as much as possible with topical ointments and balms like Blistex, Carmex, Abreva and my favorite ointment – Bag Balm!
More dos and don’ts of treating and preventing Cold Sores can be found on Experience Project
Honestly, I really don’t know of any ways to prevent Cold Sore outbreaks other than keeping your hands clean, limiting stress and keeping lips moisturized. I feel like cold sores are like a pesky sibling, just waiting for the perfect opportunity to attempt to ruin your life!
What cold sore remedies have you tried???