Cold sores are extremely unpleasant, and can even be a little embarrassing. Anyone who has experienced one (and there are many people who suffer from them on a regular basis), can usually tell when one is coming on. A cold sore will typically occur at the corner of your mouth and the edge of the lip, and it’ll look like a tiny cluster of white blisters. In the beginning it feels like a little bit of tingling, then as it develops it will begin to burn. Cold sores are caused and spread by saliva infected with herpes simplex virus type 1. These contagious fever blisters, which can linger on or around your mouth for up to a few weeks, are activated by stress, low immunity, or sun exposure.
Luckily, there are a few things to try to either prevent a cold sore from happening, alleviate the pain, or even speed up the healing process. Here’s a long list of 18 natural and soothing remedies for cold sores…
1. Lip Balm with SPF
Too much sun exposure is often the trigger for a nasty cold sore. Many people have gotten better with sunscreen application, but one area that we often forget about is our lips! It’s just as important to protect your lips from harmful UV rays, they are still considered exposed skin. Sun-induced cold sores can be prevented by applying a lip balm with sunscreen. Look for SPF 15 or higher.