How to Get Rid of Cold Sores & Sun Blisters

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Cold sores are a result of the herpes simplex type one virus (HSV-1). A cold sore is a reddish blister that often occurs around the lips, and can be quite painful. HSV-1 is first contracted by someone infected with the virus; cold sores can reoccur after first infection due to the infection remaining in the system. Sun blisters are a result of a severe sunburn. Sunburns occur when the skin has been exposed to the sun's UV rays for an extended period of time. Sun blisters can develop anywhere on the body, and may fill with water or pus. Unfortunately, there are no cures for cold sores and sun blisters. However, there are treatments you can try to dramatically increase the healing process.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton balls
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Measuring cup
  • Water
  • Coffee mug
  • Microwave
  • Tea bag
  • 8 oz. of yogurt
  • Bowl

Cold Sore Petroleum Jelly Treatment

  • Dip one to two cotton balls in a jar of petroleum jelly. You do not need a large amount, this is to coat the cold sore.

  • Gently dab the petroleum jelly on the cold sore. Petroleum jelly coats the sore, providing a protective layer that eliminates the bacteria transfer, thus reducing the probability of developing another cold sore in the same area. Petroleum jelly will also speed up the recovery time.

  • Apply the petroleum jelly on cold sore three times a day. Cold sore should reduce in size in two to three days.

Cold Sore Tea Bag Remedy

  • Measure 1/4 cup of water. Water may be hot or cold.

  • Steep one regular black tea bag into water for approximately 30 seconds. This will allow the tea bag to be saturated in water.

  • Squeeze the tea bag over measuring cup to drain excess fluids.

  • Apply the tea bag to the cold sore. Tannic acid is a natural antibacterial and astringent molecule which is commonly found in tea.

Yogurt Sun Blister Remedy

  • Measure 8 oz. plain yogurt, pour into a bowl. Be sure the yogurt does not contain any added fruits or processed sugars.

  • Dab three to six cotton balls in yogurt. Blot the sun blisters lightly with the cotton ball. Do not rub yogurt into the skin. Yogurt is a natural antiseptic and contains anti-inflammatory properties and lactic acid that balances the pH levels, which can reduce skin agitation from sun exposure.

  • Repeat this treatment two times daily, morning and night, for best results.

Tips & Warnings

  • All ingredients can be purchased at your local supermarket.
  • Be gentle to the skin; try rubbing some aloe lotion on the sunburn to release heat and provide a cooling sensation.
  • Always consult your primary physician if severe sunburn is contracted. A severe sunburn resulting in sun blisters indicates severe skin damage. If cold sores do not heal after two weeks, consult your primary physician. This indicates the need for prescription antibiotic. Do not drain the sun blisters or an infection could develop.
  • Always allow hot contents a minimum of three minutes to cool before using.

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