When you are looking for ways to get rid of a cold sore you may think there is a cure around the corner or may have seen advertisements about an instant cure. Neither of these is true. You can not cure the virus that causes cold sores, but you can use remedies and methods to help speed up the healing time and prevent future outbreaks. Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1) and are a virus that can not be cured, like all forms of the herpes virus stress and unhealthy lifestyle can be the biggest causes of an outbreak. If you keep the stress down and the immune system up, you may be able to go a long amount of time between outbreaks which can aid in the quality of your life and how you feel about yourself.
You can see your doctor to get a strong topical medicine to help with the healing process of cold sores. These will only treat the symptoms, but in doing so help you feel better and make the cold sore less noticeable until the healing process is complete. You can use one of the many over the counter (OTC) medicines that are available at almost any drug or retail store. These can be pain relievers that help with swelling, pain and fever, as well as topical medications. Benzocaine and Lidocaine are among the most popular topical medications to help tie itching, burning and some swelling. A cold compress can also help with swelling and reduce pain.
While, none of these can cure HSV-1, they can help you get rid of a cold sore faster and get back to feeling like yourself again. When you live a healthy life with a proper diet, exercise and practice stress reduction techniques you can help prevent the cold sores from coming on. When an outbreak does occur you should consider the tips and tactics above to help the healing process and help minimize the look of your cold sores to feel more confident and continue on with your day in a positive way.