Have you at any point realized that when you`re overwhelmed by emotional stress or fatigue, a cold sore or canker sore occurs?
It’s no wonder since more than half of the world’s population experiences mouth sores from stress. Concern how the current economy may affect you or someone close, worry about your health or a loved one’s – even traveling can trigger one of the sores when things don’t go as planned or becoming over-tired. What’s more, stress and fatigue are among the most common triggers for the virus that causes these outbreaks?
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Cold sores appear on the lips or nasal area, and canker sores, on the inside of the mouth. Both are painful and contagious when there’s an active infection. Cold sores are nasty, unattractive, and sufferers are often embarrassed to be out in public until it heals.
There are a few prescription drugs to treat this condition that offer varying degrees of success depending on the individual, however, none are formulated with natural ingredients, having the potential for adverse side effects.
For the last fifteen years, I’ve researched and written about non-toxic, alternative and sometimes arcane treatments for common conditions. Here are the few that have stood out as most safe and effective for cold sores and stress/fatigue related canker sores that equal or even exceed the effectiveness of prescription drugs or over-the-counter remedies.
- Garlic is a natural option for treating cold sores and canker sores. Purchase as a garlic supplement that offers no aftertaste or smell. Take daily as a preventative or to treat current sores.
- Lysine is an amino acid that many people are using to help prevent and treat cold sores. You’ll find that 1500mg a day is enough to treat the problem or take daily for prevention.
- Olive Leaf Extract – Many cold and canker sore sufferers have found relief from the daily use of Olive Leaf Extract supplements. It has anti-fungal properties as well.
- Golden Seal – an excellent herb that can be used to help remedy your canker sores. Simply make a mouthwash with tsp of Golden Seal and ¼ tsp of salt, then add one cup of warm water. Use the mixture to rinse your mouth out 2-3 times each day.
- Slippery Elm – This is a good herb to use for a canker sore. Mix the powdered herb together with some water to make a paste. Take the paste and apply it right on the canker sore whenever it bothers you. Repeat a few times a day until healed.
If you prefer a topical, ready-made remedy small enough to throw in a purse, pocket or backpack, there are two anti-viral remedies I like to recommend because they often work when nothing else does:
- Canker Sores Begone is effective for very quick healing of canker sores, and for some people, the same day it’s first applied.
- Cold Sores Begone aborts the infection at the early tingling stage, resulting in no cold sore eruption whatsoever. If you’ve missed the warning symptom, the frequent application will keep the sore small and provide quick healing.
It’s important to remember that everyone is different. If one doesn’t do the job, make sure that you try another remedy until you find the one that works for you.