The simple cold sores on the lips are uncomfortable, but harmless. The situation is different if the infestation is very pronounced, if the eyes or genitals are involved or if the blisters are associated with a strong malady: then a doctor's visit is advised.
Also with babies or children with vesicles in the mouth you should see a doctor soon.
The range of home remedies that is to help against the cold sores, is large: a variety of substances to relieve itching and pain, dry out the bladder and / or disinfect and thus shorten the time to heal. However, most of the funds are not scientifically researched and what helps with one, the other has no effect.
As chemical substances, acyclovir and penciclovir are available, which can be purchased as an ointment or cream over the counter at the pharmacy. They inject a wrong building block into the herpesviruses and thus inhibit their multiplication.
Home remedies for herpes
The following home remedies should be applied to the first feeling of tension and are worth a try:
- Tea tree oil
- Aloe vera
- baking soda
- Lemon juice, whipped cream
- An ice cube beaten into a clean handkerchief, with which the corresponding spot is dabbed several times a day.
Blackcurrants and sage in combination with rhubarb and peppermint were effective in laboratory experiments. Melissa or lemon balm has already passed the practical test: it has proved effective in several studies. It inhibits the penetration of herpes viruses into the cell and thus hinders the spread of the infection; preventively, it should also prevent a new "blossoming".
Melissa tincture against herpes
You can buy it as a finished ointment in the pharmacy, but also make yourself a Melissentinktur: pour 50 grams of leaves with half a liter of boiling water, strain after ten minutes and allow to cool. If blisters are already present, zinc paste, healing earth or black tea help to dry out; Ointments improve the healing of crusts.