Cold sores are another name for fever blisters and are caused by the herpes virus. There are numerous over the counter products today that claim to treat cold sores but they tend to be rather expensive and don’t always give the results that the consumer hopes for. This article will discuss the best home remedies for cold sores.

Studies have shown that lysine is one of the best home remedies for cold sores. This amino acid supplement can be found in the vitamin section of your local pharmacy or discount store. It works best as a preventative measure and needs to be taken on a daily basis in order to be effective. It is recommended to begin with a dosage of 1000 mg daily for one year then increase the dosage to 1000 mg three times per day for the following six months. However, do not take lysine if you take calcium supplements as it increases the calcium absorption. You should also not take lysine if you suffer from kidney disease.

Cold sores are often triggered by stress; therefore, it makes sense that reducing stress is the absolute best of the home remedies for cold sores. Best of all, most stress reduction activities are absolutely free and will result in other health benefits as well. Some good examples of stress reducing activities are exercise, meditation, yoga, pretty much any activity that you find relaxing. In addition, B vitamins, especially vitamin B2, can help reduce stress. Vitamin B2 can be taken as a supplement or can be found in foods such as milk, meat, eggs, almonds and soybeans. Vitamin B helps the body to use protein so it’s also a great vitamin to take in conjunction with lysine.

There are a tremendous amount of household that have been reported to be successful in reducing the pain caused by cold sores as well as reducing the length of time the cold sore is present. Some common topical home remedies for cold sores are baking soda, Pepto-Bismol, alcohol, Nyquil, crushed ibuprofen, peroxide, garlic, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, ice, whole milk and aloe vera.  The effectiveness of these home remedies has not been scientifically proven but many people swear by them. It certainly doesn’t hurt to try them and find one that works for you.

Most important, there are simple common sense things you can do to help prevent cold sores and minimize an outbreak. It is important to eat healthy and get adequate sleep. You should also wear sunscreen whenever you are going to spend time outdoors and make sure to use a lip balm with at least a SPF of 15. When a cold sore does develop, it is very important to replace your toothbrush as soon as the cold sore heals in order to prevent re-infection.

While there is no known cure for cold sores at this time, the tips contained in this article will help you get relief from the pain of cold sores as quickly as possible in addition to reducing the healing time. You may also prevent cold sores from developing by following some of these home remedies for cold sores.