The Best Home Remedies to Get Rid of a Cold Sore

The Best Home Remedies to Get Rid of a Cold Sore

Once the cold sore virus develops by contagion we must take good care of the affected area to reduce the suffer of its inconveniences as much possible and prevent it from spreading to other areas of the body. This condition generates, among other symptoms, tingling, pain, itching and sensitivity. In order to alleviate and accelerate healing it is possible to use some natural treatments that are effective for this. Read this OneHowTo article and find out the best home remedies to get rid of a cold sore.

Steps to follow:

Drink plenty of fluids. This will make your skin more hydrated, including the lip area affected by herpes, and so charge it with defenses to better withstand the discomfort and simultaneously prevent its spread. Fruit juices, full of vitamins and water, will also help the healing process.


Salt is one of the best natural ingredients that you can use to relieve oral herpes. Although at first it may sting a little, a good remedy is to place a few grains of salt on the wound. Leave it for a few minutes and wait until you it generates a slight itching which mean it is having the right effect against the virus.


Tea is another of the best home remedies to get rid of a cold sore. Apply a wet tea bag from a freshly prepared tea, leave on for a few minutes and when it is dry wet it again in the cup of tea to ensure that it is always well soaked and so help you minimize infection.


Aloe vera is a plant with many therapeutic properties and one of them is its ability to regenerate damaged tissues and accelerating healing of skin lesions. Therefore, it is also a great ally to treat oral herpes. Put some pulp directly onto the affected part of the lip and see how you feel immediately relieved.


Witch hazel is a plant native to the East which is readily available in health food stores and speciality stores selling natural products. For use as a home remedy for cold sores you can make a tea with some dried leaves of witch hazel, soak a compress with the liquid and place it directly on the herpes.


Milk is another good remedy against cold sores. Cold sores tend to appear when there is a deficiency of the amino acid lysine and milk contains plenty of this amino acid. For best results, drink a lot of milk and also apply it directly to the cold sore using a compress.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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  • Try not to get the herpes wet with saliva.
  • Consult a physician if the discomfort and pain do not improve.