So...how did I stop a cold sore in just two days? The answer might be in your pantry!
Cold sores are a common winter ailment that can be brought on by all kinds of uncontrollable things. Unfortunately. Most cold sores are the result of the herpes simplex virus which can be contracted or spread simply by sharing drinks or touching the area around your mouth once you have come into contact with the virus. You probably won't even know that you did! Once you have contracted the virus, it remains in your body and there is unfortunately no way to kill it. This doesn't meant that you'll forever be in "break out" mode though, and avoiding common triggers can help keep flare-ups from even starting.
Everyone is different, so the cause of cold sores is different for everyone, but things as simple as stress and fatigue can send your body into "uh oh" mode. Many people believe that cold sores are the result of an illness, and while they can be related, many other factors can come into play. Other irritants can include heavy sun exposure, like a sunburned face, or even physical trauma to the area around your mouth. Hormonal changes that are natural or due to medications like birth control can also be a factor in triggering cold sores.
Try catching cold sores in their earliest stages and you have a higher chance of preventing a bad breakout.
To kill your cold sore fast:
- Soak a clean q-tip with apple cider vinegar and hold directly on top of the sore area for a few minutes. You will feel some tingles!
- Rinse and keep area moisturized.
- Try this least twice a day for 2-3 days.
Apple cider vinegar is naturally antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal - it's definitely amazing stuff and worth keeping in your pantry for homemade skin care recipes. Since cold sores are caused by a virus, using the apple cider vinegar directly on the affected area can help kill surface germs, reducing healing time and helping to relieve discomfort.