Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus. There are two types of virus: the one that causes cold sores in the mouth area and the one that causes genital herpes.
Cold sores begin with a blister, which becomes bigger, red and painful, and after 24 hours transforms into a small bunch of yellow blisters.
After three days, the blisters burst and form a scab that disappears after 10 days, leaving no trace on the skin.
Speed up the healing process with calendula cream
Marigold flowers are known for their healing, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Calendula ointment can reduce the healing process in half. The ointment can be purchased in health food stores, but can also be prepared at home.
You need 20 of marigold flowers. Wash them and cut into small pieces. Put two handfuls of chopped marigold flowers in 500 g of melted fat.
Stir with a wooden spoon over low heat for 20 minutes. After 12 hours, reheat the mixture and strain through gauze.
Put the mixture in a glass jar and refrigerate it. Apply this ointment to your cold sores using a cotton bud and let it act for a while.
The ointment has 1-year expiration date.
Good to know:
Don’t apply rubbing alcohol, antibiotic ointments or iodine to your cold sores because they excessively dry skin eruptions. Do not break the crust with your teeth because you’ll delay healing.
Prepare an Echinacea infusion and drink three cups a day. This is one of the most popular plants with immunostimulatory and antiviral effects, which prevents herpes transmission.