Natural Home Remedies for Cold Sores: My son is 9 years old and has been getting Cold Sores from he was about 2 years old. The last year he has been getting them 2-3 times a month. Has anyone any advice of what we should try next, please help!

Cold sores or fever blisters are a common problem which occurs due to the herpes simplex virus type 1. Infection due to this virus leads to fluid-filled blisters on or around the mouth. There is no cure for the infection, but there are many home remedies which help to relieve the symptoms and prevent worsening of the condition. Some of the most popular cold sore remedies include;

  • Ice is one of the most effective remedies for cold sores. Placing an ice cube over the blisters helps to reduce inflammation and also relieves redness and pain. You could apply some ice as soon as you experience the first symptoms of a cold sore. This will help in the prevention of the formation of blisters. Remember to wrap the ice cube in a thin cloth before applying to the skin.
  • Witch hazel is a beneficial natural treatment for cold sores. Apply witch hazel to the affected areas with the help of a cotton ball several times throughout the day.
  • Cold sore blisters can worsen when there is irritation due to sun or wind exposure. This can cause more pain and discomfort. Therefore it is important to protect the affected areas at all times. Applying sunscreen or a thin coating of petroleum jelly over the blistered area helps to prevent further irritation.
  • Ointments or creams containing zinc oxide are known to quicken healing of cold sores. These may be purchased over-the-counter.
  • Place a small pinch of salt on the affected areas and hold for a couple of minutes. This may be slightly painful, but is effective in promoting quicker healing.
  • It is advisable to change your son’s toothbrush when the blisters develop and again once they disappear. This is because the virus may remain in the toothbrush and lead to recurring bouts of cold sores.

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