Salt helps heal cold sores by acting as an antiseptic and drying out the sores, according to New Health Guide. Both sea salt and table salt can be used on cold sores to achieve this effect.Continue Reading
New Health Guide advises applying the salt directly to cold sores. Wet a cotton swab or soft cloth with hot water. Place a small amount of salt on the cotton swab and apply it to the cold sore. The salt and hot water work together to reduce inflammation, get rid of bacteria and dry out the sore.
Med Health recommends using a combination of salt and toothpaste on cold sores. Mix a small amount of salt with toothpaste, and apply it directly to the cold sore. Leave the toothpaste on the cold sore overnight. The salt and toothpaste mixture dries out the cold sore and any puss that is present. Salt and toothpaste mixtures also work as a barrier and help prevent dirt and bacteria from getting in the sore.
While salt is fine to apply directly to a cold sore, SFGate recommends avoiding salty foods such as chips, pretzels and pickles when a cold sore occurs. Salty foods can irritate cold sores and prolong the healing process.Learn more about Skin Conditions
Canker sores are painful sores that appear anywhere on inside the mouth such as the inside of the cheeks, the tongue and the soft palate. Also known as aphthous stomatitis, canker sores may appear as small ulcerations measuring 2 to 4 millimeters in diameter to as large as 1 centimeter in diameter. Although the exact cause of canker sores is not known, the MedlinePlus website of the National Institute of health says that it may be caused by stress, B vitamin deficiencies, hormonal changes and a weakened immune system response.Full Answer >
Minimizing the appearance and relieving the discomfort of cold sores is possible overnight - and even in shorter periods of time, according to information provided by the Huffington Post. Though sores are unlikely to vanish overnight altogether, a number of remedies can prevent sores from being noticed by those those closest to you, explains board-certified Manhattan and New Jersey dermatologist Dr. Rebecca Baxt.Full Answer >
A cold sore is a very small blister that is filled with fluid and is caused by a viral infection, according to Mayo Clinic. It is also known as a fever blister. Cold sores are known to appear in groups, and it is common for a crust to form over the blisters after they are broken.Full Answer >
According to Mayo Clinic, cold sores are small blisters that develop on the lips, nose and cheeks. If more than one cold sore is present, the sores may merge with one another and erupt, causing ulcerations that leak fluid and form crusts. Certain individuals may also carry the cold sore virus and never experience physical symptoms. Additional symptoms can include fever, headache and a tingling sensation prior to outbreaks.Full Answer >