Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Beauty Tip Tuesday: Treating a cold sore

It never fails.  Every time you have an important meeting, major event or special party to attend, the dreaded cold sore, sometimes called, fever blister raises it's ugly head.  Although there isn't a cure for cold sores--you either carry the virus or you don't--there are a few remedies for treating it.

Keep it clean and dry.  Clean the cold sore with a wash cloth, soap and warm water.  Pat dry.  This will minimize itching and prevent spreading.

Use an anesthetic ointment like camphor oil to alleviate pain.  Also, petroleum-based products help to prevent any secondary infection from bacteria as well as expedite healing.

Take a Vitamin B supplements and Lysine, an essential amino acid that aids in the prevention of future breakouts.

Dab it with lavender essential oil.  Lavender is very antiseptic and will keep to dry out that sucker.  Just be sure not get it in your mouth.

 A few other tips:

Get rid of your tooth brush and makeup products that you used while you had the sore or right before you got it.

Get plenty of sleep, a good work out and drink plenty of OJ.

If you get more than 3 sores a year, speak to your physician.


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