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I do not know why there aren’t a lot of posts about how to care for cold sores but here is what I’ve gathered from my experience and exposure. Based on personal and private conversations, I’ve come to terms that there is nothing you can do but try to soothe and comfort yourself through the healing process. In my non-medical professional opinion, I believe cold sores are the manifestation of one of the following:
- Extreme dehydration
- Significant change in emotional or mental energy.
- Overthinking, overworking, stressing, etc.
- Your immune systems call for help
- Your lips cry for moisture & care
- The reaction to citrus, spice, or pressure (hit, bumped, or cut).
Regardless of the source, cold sores are more common than we know, so the conversation should be more public. There is nothing to be embarrassed about because the virus lies in thousands of humans who never display a reaction. You are just apart of the collective that does and thus it is best to learn to care for them instead of hopelessly seeking a permanent cure. Now, if there is a cure, I am not aware of it but feel free to do your own research to discover what resonates with you.
This post is about sharing an inexpensive, do it yourself care routine for making yourself more comfortable during the healing process. The healing process is equivalent but the savings on products and comfort level is significant.
What you will need for this routine:
|Black Tea bag||To soothe irritation and discomfort.|
|Coconut oil or Pure Olive Oil||To protect the skin.|
|Cool water||To clean.|
|Frozen towel||To release swelling.|
|Water & Vegetables||Accelerate repairing of skin.|
|White face towel||Washing & drying tool.|
Before the Routine
- Wet and freeze a small towel for 3 hours.
- Clean your face and cold sore under cool water.
- Place your hands in a cup, open your mouth, and allow your hands to fill with enough water to cover your sore.
- Allow your sore to just be submerged in your cupped hands under the running water.
Cold Sore Care Routine
- Boil some water on the stove or use a kettle. Boil water for about 5 minutes and pour water into a mug or cup and place the black tea bag under a spoon for about 5 minutes.
- Use your finger tip to test the temperature to ensure it is not too hot, retrieve the tea bag, squeeze gently so it is not dripping but still damp, and then gently press against sore. If your sore is full, be incredibly careful to not bust. You may feel something, but it should not be too intense. If it is, your tea bag it just too hot. Let cool then reattempt. Allow to sit on sore for about 5 minutes.
- Remove tea bag and air dry your sore or fan with your hand. Grab your frozen towel and apply just as gently for 40 second intervals for about 15 minutes. Do not allow the towel to just sit, gently press and remove the towel in the 40 second intervals to not cause the sore to burst.
- Immediately following, dry with your white face towel and apply coconut oil or olive oil with a q tip or similar tool.
- You can apply with clean hands but be gentle to not puncture or burst fluid from sore if it exists.
- Repeat this for about every 4 hours.
- Reapply your choice of oil, as necessary. It is best to keep sore moisturized for the skin repair purposes. The oil dries the fluid and may turn your sore white or full of puss. Do not pick or bust. Allow to release with the application of oil but remember to always be gentle when touching sore.
- This does soothe and assist the repairing of the skin as the sore dissolves. From this, there is not the huge scarring left behind; it is very very minimal and should not be pulled off. Like a loose tooth, allow the skin to fall off as it will when you apply oil. The tingling burning feeling that other products make you feel is avoided.
- Drink water, cranberry juice, or tea.
- Eat green things to boost your immune system.
- Avoid citrus fruit and salt, as it may burn the sore.
- Rest, rest, and more rest!
- Try to stay out of the sun.
The healing process is about the same, but it is not as intense, unattractive, and uncomfortable.
I hope this helps someone take better care of their cold sore.
Take Moore care of yourself.