Is there any Home Remedy Available for Cold Sores?

The symptoms of cold sore can be relieved with the help of home remedies or by judicious use of OTC (Over-the-counter) medications. Although cold sore (fever blisters) heal or clear by itself, it is still wise to use some medication (including Over-the-counter medication such as aspirin, for pain relief) to get symptomatic relief, which may also help in speeding up the healing, at least to some extent. But, you should be careful before you use over-the-counter medications and have clear understanding about the illness (cold sore) and also the side effects over-the-counter medications may cause, although only rarely.

Over-the-counter ointments, such as topical (local application) lidocaine, benzocaine (available as Zilactin) etc. can be used to for pain relief and help to reduce discomfort. To relieve pain, over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin, acetaminophen (paracetamol), and ibuprofen (available as Brufen, Advil, Motrin etc. in different countries) can be very helpful.

You can also use heat as warm compresses to the blisters to reduce pain and give some comfort. Ice can also be used for the same purpose. Do not disturb the blisters of cold sore, do not squeeze, pinch or pick at any blister. Squeezing, pinching or picking at blisters may increase spread of infection as well as cause scarring of the skin.

While using over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, especially to the teenagers and children, serious side effects such as Reye’s syndrome (aspirin cause this syndrome as side effect) should be kept in mind, although aspirin is approved for use in children older than two years of age. Aspirin also should never be used in children who are recovering from flu (any type of flu) or chickenpox. In case of any confusion, do not hesitate to consult your doctor.

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