13 Natural Ways to Get Rid of a Cold Sore

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Reduce and Manage Stress

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13. Reduce and Manage Stress

Stress is another trigger of cold sores. Learn stress managing techniques such as deep breathing, meditation or yoga and use them regularly.

Considerations

Always talk to a healthcare professional before starting to take a supplement, to learn about the benefits, as well as possible side effects and interactions with other herbs and drugs. All herbal supplements can trigger allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. Taking the right dose is important. Since natural supplements are not evaluated by FDA for efficiency or safety, you should use a supplement from a reputable brand.

Remember that cold sores develop more often when the immune system is weak. Choose a healthy lifestyle-including a healthy diet, regular exercise and stress management techniques to boost your immune system.

Resources

U.S. National Library of Medicine: Efficacy of plant products against herpetic infections
U.S. National Library of Medicine: A multicentered study of lysine therapy in Herpes simplex infection
Resveratrol inhibition of herpes simplex virus replication
U.S. National Library of Medicine: Virucidal effect of peppermint oil on the enveloped viruses herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2 in vitro
University of Maryland Medical Center: Herpes Simplex Virus
U.S. National Library of Medicine: Coenzyme Q(10), vitamin E, selenium, and methionine in the treatment of chronic recurrent viral mucocutaneous infections