It's really not easy to have lip, mouth or cold sores especially if you're always exposed to the outside world everyday because these sores can give some degree of discomfort and pain. Lip sores are also referred as mouth or cold sores or fever blisters. It is usually a painful condition and may cause embarrassment especially if not only one blister will appear on your lips. They also appear inside or around the mouth and when this happens, you may feel the pain when you try to eat your food.
There are two known types of Herpes Simplex Virus. The first one is Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 also known as HSV1, which usually causes lip and cold sores on, inside or around the mouth. The second is Herpes Simplex Virus type 2 also known as HSV2 and this is different because it's a sexually transmitted disease.
Do not be afraid if you have the Herpes simplex virus type 1 because this is a very common virus. Generally, people who usually experience cold sores have a weak immune system. Lip, mouth or cold sores typically appear as fluid filled reddish pustules on and around the lips as well as the surrounding mouth tissues.
The longevity of a lip, mouth or cold sore typically ranges from 7 - 14 days. You need to seek a physician's help if it will last longer than that. Remember that there is no cure for lip, mouth and cold sores but there are a lot of ways that you can do in order to ease the pain and discomfort that you are feeling while waiting for nature to heal itself.
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Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet. Raw fruits and vegetables can really make your immune system stronger. You can supplement it with dairy products and honey. A strong immune system can really help prevent lip, mouth and cold sores from appearing and spreading.
Moisturize the affected area with aloe vera because this may soften the scabs and therefore making them less susceptible to lip cracking and painful bleeding. You can also try to have a cold compress made from a tea bag 30 minutes per day to soothe your lip, mouth and cold sore.
Use a quality lip balm made by 100% natural ingredients like beeswax and vegetable derived oils, an example is from avocado. If there is honey included then the better since honey is also known to draw moisture from air. Other sufferers find comfort and healing if they apply cream of milk on the affected area.
Take vitamin C from fresh fruits. This will keep your immune system strong too. You can also have grapes, cucumber, carrots, beets and oranges to prepare as juice. Lime and lemon are very good sources in the treatment of lip, mouth and cold sores. Vitamin C is truly important in helping repair and renew the skin.
Avoid too much stress in your everyday life. Reducing stress is very effective and helpful in preventing lip, mouth and cold sore outbreaks.
Avoid using petroleum-based lip balm. It doesn't allow the skin on your lips to breathe and therefore the healing process will take longer. Some people keep on using these lip balms that were old and it could even give bacteria and germs to their lips.
Use something to cover your face every time you go outside even during the cold season. Insulating and protecting the rest of your body from the cold temperature but don't forget to cover your face in order to protect it also especially if are prone to have lip, mouth or cold sores. Avoid exposing yourself to the Ultra Violet (UV) rays from the sun. This will not help your skin heal faster from the lip, mouth or cold sores that you currently have.
Avoid eating junk food. This type of food will never give the nutrition that your skin and body needs. Adequate intake of fresh fruits and vegetables can really make wonders and help in the healing process of your lip, mouth and cold sores. If you will eat fresh vegetables and fruits more often then you're also preventing your lip, mouth or cold sores from coming back.
Eat yogurt with live cultures. Remember that your body also needs to have a healthy amount of good bacteria inside your digestive tract. Yogurts are made from active and good bacteria that can strengthen your immune system. These good bacteria can aid digesting the food inside your body and therefore improve digestion everyday.
Apply ice placed inside an ice bag on the affected area for a few minutes several times each day. This may relieve you temporarily with the discomfort that you're currently experiencing. This technique has been suggested by some people to be useful in dealing with the pain from lip, mouth or cold sores.
Go to your dentist and request for a cleaning for all of your teeth if possible. Dental check-up is absolutely needed so that bacteria in your mouth that may come from cavities will be minimized and might lessen the occurrence of your lip, mouth and cold sores.
Eat foods rich in B12 like legumes, dairy and egg products, breakfast cereals, mollusks, clam and meat products. You can also take a B12 vitamin supplement because this can also help provide the essential nutrients that your body needs and may help heal your lip, mouth and cold sores faster.
Take a bath twice a day. Take one preferably early in the morning and you can take the second bath anytime after that. This will refresh your entire body and can lessen the heat that you might be feeling too. Some people who had tried this approach were able to experience good results every time they have lip, mouth or cold sores.
Tips & Warnings
Try to seek natural treatment first for the healing of your lip, mouth and cold sores to avoid expensive prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs that might give negative side effects.
Try to drink plenty of water to stay well-hydrated. This is also a healthy way to keep the rest of your face stay refreshed.
Seek the help of a physician if you think that your lip, mouth or cold sores should be properly evaluated to determine some causes of the lesion because a physician can prescribe an effective medicine. There are available treatment options to lip and cold sore sufferers including prescription medications and over-the-counter topical treatments like Orajel, Abreva or Blistex.
If over-the-counter treatments do not effectively manage the pain and discomfort of the lip and mouth sores, prescribed medications can also be an option. Prescription medications may also aid healing and shorten the life of the lip, mouth or cold sore even in just a day. These medications are usually effective when treatment is administered at the onset of an outbreak.
There are other medications that work to alleviate the itching and burning associated with cold sores while some will just relieve the pain through the numbing ingredients included in the medication like phenol, procaine, butacaine, lidocaine, benzocaine or other "caine" anesthetics.
It is very important to stay away from infants and sick people when you have the contagious lip, mouth or cold sores. Very young and weak people are easily susceptible to the virus and could end up getting terribly ill if they're exposed to the virus. An infant's immune system is still developing and sick people have very low immune system and their bodies are not yet capable to fight off the virus.
Be careful not to rub your eyes nor touch them after your hands had touched your lip, mouth or cold sore. If you have the Herpes Simplex 1 virus in your eye, this could be dangerous because it may cause blindness.