Cold sores, also called fever blisters, are annoying and inconvenient groups of small red, swollen, and sore blisters that can appear at any time on the lip and around the mouth. According to the National Institute of Health, as many as 80 percent of people carry the virus that causes cold sores! The virus can go dormant for long periods of time, then resurface in an outbreak. Cold sores will usually start to heal on their own within a few days, but if they are causing you pain or making you feel embarrassed, they can be treated. Here are 7 ways to soothe and stop cold sores!
1. Lysine Supplement
If you are prone to getting cold sores a lot, start taking a lysine supplement. High lysine intake has been shown to be extremely helpful in preventing cold sores and other herpes virus lesions and also may help your body to retain calcium. It is recommended that you take a daily dosage of 3 to 9 grams of lysine to treat an active cold sore outbreak and a daily dosage of 1 gram during periods when the virus is dormant to prevent future outbreaks. In both cases the dosages should be broken down and taken in smaller amounts throughout the day until the desired dosage is reached. If you're not great with taking a daily supplement, try adding more lysine in your diet. Foods like plain yogurt, mangos, apples, pears, fish, and pork are all high in lysine!