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Cold sores are common but unserious infections that occur in most people, it is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) and not caused by cold. It is also called “fever blisters” or “fever sores” and it can appear on any body part.

The most common place they appear is outside the mouth, on the lips, but in some people, they appear on the cheeks, nose, and fingers.

This is not a serious condition but it is life-threatening in those with a compromised immune system and HIV/AIDS. Those with eczema are at risk of developing cold sores on a large part of their bodies.

It can cause other complications when it spreads to other parts of the body, it can affect your vision when it spreads to the eyes or causes encephalitis or meningitis when it spreads to your brain.

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They are characterized by the formation of blisters that break open and ooze out fluids that later form yellow crust or scabs which fall off. This reveals a new skin underneath it.

Cold sores last for one week to ten days and you can spread it to other people when they come in contact with the fluid or kiss you. It is no more contagious when it crusts over completely.

Causes of Cold Sores

The Herpes Simplex Virus is responsible for this condition. You can get infected when you come in contact with this virus and you can get it when you touch people, things or surfaces that carry this virus.

When you kiss an infected person or share eating utensils, towels, razors or clothes, you become infected. You get cold sores 20 days after contacting the virus.

It can also happen in your genital area, this is called genital herpes and it can be transmitted by oral sex. The sores usually appear near the part of the body it entered.

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Symptoms of Cold Sores

If you are having cold sores for the first time, the symptoms will be severe but on other occasions, it will be mild and some people don’t even experience any symptoms because the body has already developed antibodies. This can make kids seriously ill who are having it for the first time.

Below are the common symptoms of cold sores that appear in 99% of people.

  • Tingling, itching and a burning sensation in the area it is about to appear or in the area of a previous outbreak
  • Blisters filled with fluid, they are itchy and painful anywhere they appear
  • Fever and flu-like symptoms, some have a high body temperature
  • Swelling of the lips
  • Lips, mouth or tongue pain
  • Sore throats
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Nausea and headaches
  • Dehydration
  • Swollen glands

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Home Remedies for Cold Sores

Aloe Vera

The gel gotten from aloe vera leaf is used in the treatment of cold sores because it has antiviral properties. The gel also contains enzymes, hormones and other important nutrients that help stop this infection and prevent its spread.

It also relieves the symptoms of cold sores like inflammation and itching and it speeds up healing. Apply fresh aloe vera gel directly on the sores many times daily till it clears off.

Peppermint

This herb is loaded with antiviral compounds and that is why it is a potent treatment for cold sores. Studies have shown that peppermint oil can inhibit the activities of the herpes simplex virus and it has a high level of virucidal effect against both types of the herpes simplex virus.

It is the most effective therapy in the early stages of cold sores, apply peppermint essential oil directly on the sores, you can dilute it with coconut oil if you have sensitive skin or if the blisters have opened.

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Vitamin C

This immune boosting nutrient will help your system overcome this infection fast. It increases the number of your white blood cells and this will help kill off this virus. The white blood cells defend the body from foreign invaders and harmful microbes like the herpes simplex virus.

Rich sources of vitamin C are kiwi fruit, citrus fruits, peppers, grapefruit, strawberries and dark green vegetables.

Echinacea

Echinacea herbal tea is a powerful remedy for cold sores. It boosts a weakened immune system and helps the body fight off this virus. It also relieves inflammation, pain and other symptoms of cold sores.

Take Echinacea tea three times daily when you have cold sores and continue until it is completely gone.

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Cornstarch

Cornstarch paste is one of the most commonly used home remedies for cold sores, it corrects the pH of the affected area and makes the place uncomfortable for the virus.

Cold sores survive only in an environment that is too acidic, so cornstarch increases the pH and makes the area alkaline.

Add water to a little quantity of cornstarch and mix it to form a paste, apply this paste on the affected region, do this at night and wash it off the following morning. Do this once every day till you recover.

Apple Cider Vinegar

It is a known fact that a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar a day prevents cold sores from happening to you in the first place. This is because ACV has an alkalizing effect, which reduces acidity which the herpes simplex virus requires to thrive.

ACV alkalizes the body and hastens healing. Take two tablespoons of ACV daily when you have cold sores, also use a cotton ball and apply ACV on the affected region directly many times a day till you recover.

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Garlic

This is another powerful remedy for cold sore. It hastens healing and relieves the symptoms of cold sores especially the inflammation. Crush fresh cloves of garlic and apply the paste on the affected region and wash it off after sometimes.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

This oil has analgesic properties which prevent and treat cold sores. It is an effective remedy for cold sores but it should not be applied directly to your lips when you feel that tingling sensation implying the formation of cold sores, mix it with aloe vera gel before applying it.

It can be applied directly without mixing it when you have a cold sore already.

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  • sarah rita February 18, 2019

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    • Donald Moris April 29, 2019

      Thanks to God and also to Dr. Okasi, the great herbal man that cured me from HERPES. I contacted the virus from my partner three years ago, i almost spent all i had because i was restless and i need to get rid of the virus and i did not rest until i saw people testimony about Dr.Okasi recommendation online for how he has being curing HERPES with his herbs and i emailed him and tell him my problem and he prepare my cure and send it to me and gave me instructions on how to use the herbs and behold after i finish drinking it i went to the hospital for checkup and the result was negative and the virus was completely gone from my body. You can contact Dr.Okasi to get your herbs too and cure yourself from these virus. His Email:okasiherbalsolution@outlook.com Dr.Okasi has cure so many different type of diseases with his herbs such as HERPES, HIV/AIDS. CANCER of all kinds, HSV 1&2, DIABETES and so many more. I want to thank God for using Dr.Okasi to cure me from herpes. Dr.Okasi is truly gifted by God..

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    • Donald Moris April 29, 2019

      Thanks to God and also to Dr. Okasi, the great herbal man that cured me from HERPES. I contacted the virus from my partner three years ago, i almost spent all i had because i was restless and i need to get rid of the virus and i did not rest until i saw people testimony about Dr.Okasi recommendation online for how he has being curing HERPES with his herbs and i emailed him and tell him my problem and he prepare my cure and send it to me and gave me instructions on how to use the herbs and behold after i finish drinking it i went to the hospital for checkup and the result was negative and the virus was completely gone from my body. You can contact Dr.Okasi to get your herbs too and cure yourself from these virus. His Email: okasiherbalsolution @ outlook. com Dr.Okasi has cure so many different type of diseases with his herbs such as HERPES, HIV/AIDS. CANCER of all kinds, HSV 1&2, DIABETES and so many more. I want to thank God for using Dr. Okasi to cure me from herpes. Dr. Okasi is truly gifted by God….

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    • Donald Moris April 29, 2019

      Thanks to God and also to Dr. Okasi, the great herbal man that cured me from HERPES. I contacted the virus from my partner three years ago, i almost spent all i had because i was restless and i need to get rid of the virus and i did not rest until i saw people testimony about Dr.Okasi recommendation online for how he has being curing HERPES with his herbs and i emailed him and tell him my problem and he prepare my cure and send it to me and gave me instructions on how to use the herbs and behold after i finish drinking it i went to the hospital for checkup and the result was negative and the virus was completely gone from my body. You can contact Dr.Okasi to get your herbs too and cure yourself from these virus. His Email: (okasiherbalsolution@outlook.com) Dr.Okasi has cure so many different type of diseases with his herbs such as HERPES, HIV/AIDS. CANCER of all kinds, HSV 1&2, DIABETES and so many more. I want to thank God for using Dr.Okasi to cure me from herpes. Dr.Okasi is truly gifted by God..

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    • Vicenta Botha May 3, 2019

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  • joy March 20, 2019

    HOW I GOT CURED FROM HERPES VIRUS I was diagnosed of HERPES virus and i have tried all I can to get cured but all to no avail,,until I saw a post in a health forum about a herbalist man who prepare herbal medications to cure all kind of diseases including HERPES virus,at first I doubted if it was real but decided to give it a try,when I contacted this herbalist via his email and he prepared a HERPES herbal cure and sent it to me via Drosalumese delivery company service, when I received this herbal medicine, he gave me step by direction on how to apply it,after applying the way I was instructed,I was totally cured of this deadly disease called HERPES, all thanks to Dr osalumese ..Email this great herbal doctor via his email drosalumese@gmail .com) or whatsapp him Via:+2349034455391 HE CAN ALSO CURE SICKNESS LIKE
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  • John Sarah April 15, 2019

    I want to share my testimony on how i get cure of my HERPES GENITAL with
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  • owen susan April 28, 2019

    I want to appreciate Dr Ameola for using his herbal medicine to cure my family herpes virus,since 4 years ago my family have been having this herpes disease and it have been giving my family challenges,we were so perplexed cause my family have taken several drugs to be cure but every of our effort was in-vain,a fateful morning i was browsing through the internet then i saw several testimonies about Dr Ameola curing people of their herpes disease immediately i contacted Dr Ameola on his email: ameolaherbalhome@gmail.com told him about my family troubles and he told me that my family must be cure,so he prepare a herbal medicine for my family which we use for 14 days and everything was like a dream for my family,my family herpes disease was totally gone,why don’t you contact him today and be free from your disease. email him on: ameolaherbalhome@gmail.com or WhatsApp contact him via +14158551136 contact him today for any sickness or infections for 100% guarantee cure, your health is your wealth. He also told me that he has cure for these diseases listed below:
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  • Donald Moris April 29, 2019

    Thanks to God and also to Dr. Okasi, the great herbal man that cured me from HERPES. I contacted the virus from my partner three years ago, i almost spent all i had because i was restless and i need to get rid of the virus and i did not rest until i saw people testimony about Dr.Okasi recommendation online for how he has being curing HERPES with his herbs and i emailed him and tell him my problem and he prepare my cure and send it to me and gave me instructions on how to use the herbs and behold after i finish drinking it i went to the hospital for checkup and the result was negative and the virus was completely gone from my body. You can contact Dr.Okasi to get your herbs too and cure yourself from these virus. His Email: okasiherbalsolution @ outlook. com Dr.Okasi has cure so many different type of diseases with his herbs such as HERPES, HIV/AIDS. CANCER of all kinds, HSV 1&2, DIABETES and so many more. I want to thank God for using Dr.Okasi to cure me from herpes. Dr.Okasi is truly gifted by God….

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  • Benita Eric Kim Bruce May 22, 2019

    Using herbal natural remedy was what got me tested negative to HSV after been diagnosed for years, i got to know about it when i came across this website and i used the contact field which i got a message from his whatsapp channel +2348139097317 and let him know my pain. i am tested negative because i follow instruction on how to consume his herbal remedy and today i am celebrating one years of been free of HSV

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  • morgan May 23, 2019

    I am so happy, i never believe i will be this happy again in life, I
    was working as an air-hoster ( cabby crew ) for 3years but
    early this year, i loose my job because of this deadly disease
    called Herpes virus (HSV), I never felt sick or have any
    symptom, till all workers were ask to bring their doctors report,
    that was how i got tested and i found out that am HSV positive
    that make me loose my job, because it was consider as an
    STD and is incurable disease, i was so depress was thinking of
    committing suicide, till i explain to a friend of mine, who
    always said to me a problem share is a problem solved, that
    was how she directed me to Dr oduma, that was how i
    contacted him and get the medication from this doctor and i
    got cured for real, I just went back to my work and they also
    carry out the test to be real sure and i was negative. Please
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  • morgan May 23, 2019

    I am so happy, i never believe i will be this happy again in life, I
    was working as an air-hoster ( cabby crew ) for 3years but
    early this year, i loose my job because of this deadly disease
    called Herpes virus (HSV), I never felt sick or have any
    symptom, till all workers were ask to bring their doctors report,
    that was how i got tested and i found out that am HSV positive
    that make me loose my job, because it was consider as an
    STD and is incurable disease, i was so depress was thinking of
    committing suicide, till i explain to a friend of mine, who
    always said to me a problem share is a problem solved, that
    was how she directed me to Dr oduma, that was how i
    contacted him and get the medication from this doctor and i
    got cured for real, I just went back to my work and they also
    carry out the test to be real sure and i was negative. Please
    contact this doctor if you are herpes positive diseases his
    email is: droduma553@gmail.com or you can call or
    whatsApp his mobile number on +2348162977063…

    Reply

  • Owen Susan May 24, 2019

    Natural Herbs have cured so many sickness and diseases that drugs and injection cant cure. I’ve seen the great importance of natural herbs and the wonderful work they have done in people’s lives. i read people’s testimonies online on how they were cured of Herpes,Stroke,Hiv,Fibromyalgia, Diabetics,Cancer,Lyme disease etc by Dr. Ameola herbal medicine, so i decided to contact the doctor because i know nature has the power to heal anything. I was diagnosed with Herpes for the past 8 years but Dr. Ameola cured me with his herbs and i referred my aunt and her husband to him immediately because they were both suffering from Hiv and they were cured too. I know is hard to believe, but am a living testimony. There is no harm trying herbs. He is also a spell caster, he cast spells to restore broken marriages and a good luck spells to prosper and excel in life. You can Contact him on ( ameolaherbalhome@gmail.com ) or WhatsApp him via +14158551136

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  • Masida May 30, 2019

    I do not know better cure for herpes other than increasing your immune system to the very very high levels, if you got it something wrong with your health are being done for sure happening here. And as I can see you simply listed all natural immune stimulators for it.

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  • nelson scout May 31, 2019

    I want to inform the public on how i was cured from (HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS) by Dr IGUEDOS,tested and trusted, my herpes result came out negative. Am cured totally you can also get your self cured if you really need Dr IGUEDOS help you can reach him now on driguedosgokocleanser1@gmail.com

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  • Monica October 23, 2019

    HOW I GOT CURED FROM HERPES VIRUS I was diagnosed of HERPES virus and i have tried all I can to get cured but all to no avail,,until I saw a post in a health forum about a herbalist man who prepare herbal medications to cure all kind of diseases including HERPES virus,at first I doubted if it was real but decided to give it a try, when I contacted this herbalist via his email and he prepared a HERPES herbal cure and sent it to me via Dr. Irabor delivery company service, when I received this herbal medicine, he gave me step by direction on how to apply it,after applying the way I was instructed,I was totally cured of this deadly disease called HERPES, all thanks to Dr Irabor ..Email this great herbal doctor via his email driraborherbalhome@gmail .com) or whatsapp him Via:+2348159922297 HE CAN ALSO CURE SICKNESS LIKE
    {1}HIV/AIDS
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    {4} BLOOD CANCER
    {5} HPV
    {6} ALS
    {7} HEPATITIS
    {8}LOVE SPELL
    {9} SICKLE AND ANAEMIA

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  • jacob mason October 25, 2019

    FINALLY FREE FROM HERPES VIRUS
    I thought my life had nothing to offer anymore because life
    became meaningless to me because I had Herpes virus, the
    symptoms became very severe and bold and made my family
    run from and abandoned me so they won’t get infected. I gave
    up everything, my hope, dreams,vision and job because the
    doctor told me there’s no cure. I consumed so many drugs but
    they never cured me but hid the symptoms inside me making
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    DISEASE(HPV)8. ALZHEIMER 9. LUPUS (Lupus Vulgaris or
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  • Roseline Charlotte December 11, 2019

    Its a pleasure for me to write this testimony about how i got my Genital Herpes cured a month ago. i have been reading so many comments of some people who were cured from various diseases by Dr. Sebi’s Cell Food, but i never believed them. I was hurt and depressed so I was too curious and wanted to try Dr. Sebi’s Cell Food , then i contacted his company email when i contacted the company office, They assured me 100% that the Cell Food Product will heal me, i pleaded with them to help me out. My treatment was a great success, The Cell Food Product healed me just as they promised. They sent me his medication and ask me to go for check up after one weeks of taking Dr Sebi’s Cell Food medication. i agreed with them i took this medication and went for check up , to my greatest surprise my result was negative after the treatment, i am really happy that i am cured and healthy again. I have waited for 3weeks to be very sure i was completely healed before writing this testimony. I did another blood test one week ago and it was still Herpes negative. so i guess its time i recommend anyone going through Herpes HSV-1 or HSV-2, HIV, HPV, Hepatitis B, Diabetes, Cancer reach him through Email drsebiscellfoodoffice@gmail.com add on whatsapp +22378760009 you can order products directly from his website check https://drsebiscellfoodoffice.wordpress.com/

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