Mouth sores are uncomfortable, itchy, and even embarrassing. This is something you don’t want to have to deal with. Fortunately, there are many ways to treat mouth sores. Even better, there are ways to stop growth and prevent sores from appearing in the first place.
Prevention of mouth sores
Avoid mouth sore triggers. There are many factors that can cause mouth sores and you’d better be careful when cold sores come on. Stress and lack of sleep can also cause mouth sores, so you need to make sure you get a good night’s sleep.
Having a cold, fever or flu increases your risk of mouth sores because the immune system becomes weaker. Therefore, you need to make sure to supplement your body with a lot of necessary vitamins.
Menstruation, pregnancy, and hormone changes can all trigger mouth sores. Of course, there’s no way to prevent these factors, but you can prepare for an impending cold sore.
Stress can trigger cold sores, so try to relax. Take some time out of your day to meditate, take a deep breath or simply enjoy a warm cup of tea, as long as you feel more relaxed.
Fatigue can trigger mouth sores, so you need to get enough sleep. Take a nap when needed. Caffeine can help with fatigue but does not help with mouth sores. Mouth sores are your body’s way of telling you you’re sleep-deprived, so the best thing you can do is go to bed.
Overexposure to the sun can irritate the mouth and cause mouth sores. If your lips are exposed to too much sun, you should apply ice to them for a few minutes, the sooner the better. Also, look for a sunscreen or lip balm with SPF 15 or higher and apply it regularly throughout the day.
Detect mouth sores before they appear. Recognizing the signs of mouth sores will help you act quickly before a cold sore forms. There are many signs to help you recognize (of course, having one of these signs also does not guarantee you have a cold sore, but you still need to be extra vigilant):
Pain, stinging, burning, itching, numbness, and pain around the lips mean mouth sores are forming.
Fever and other cold and flu symptoms often accompany mouth sores, which is why mouth sores are also known as “fever blisters”.
Drooling and increased salivation can be signs of an impending cold sore.
Prevent mouth sores from developing. The prodromal phase of canker sores lasts about 6-48 hours before becoming apparent. During this time, you can apply the following methods to prevent mouth sores from forming on your lips. This is also the best time to prevent mouth sores, rather than waiting for them to spread and cause discomfort.
Apply ice cubes or cold packs. Do this once an hour or as often as possible.
Put the tea bag in hot water, let it cool, and then apply it on the irritated lips. Canker sores thrive at high temperatures, so make sure you wait for the tea bag to cool completely before applying it to your lips.
Protect lips from the sun. Apply a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Reapply often throughout the day.
Keep healthy. Colds do not cause mouth sores, but they can irritate them. When the body is tired due to fever, cold or flu, the immune system will weaken and have to fight the disease, creating conditions for mouth sores to develop.
Make sure you get enough vitamins. Eat lots of colorful vegetables, lots of salmon, fruits and nuts.
Drink white tea and green tea. Both of these teas are rich in antioxidants, which strengthen the immune system and flush toxins from the body.
Drink a lot of water.
Get enough sleep.
Apply cream to relieve pain and fight cold sores. Remember that many topical creams only help relieve symptoms and do not help with the recovery process. You can try the following topical creams:
Docosanol (Abreva) is FDA-approved and is available over-the-counter.
Topical Acyclovir and Penciclovir (Denavir) may be prescribed by your doctor.
See your doctor for an antiviral prescription. Medicines help reduce the duration of cold sores and come in different varieties, but you’ll need a prescription from your doctor. Your doctor may prescribe oral medications or creams, but creams usually work best and most quickly.
Acyclovir (Cherish, Zovirax) may be tried.
There is also Famciclovir (Famvir).
Or you can try Valacyclovir (Valtrex).
Pain relievers containing Ibuprofen or Tylenol. This medicine does not treat mouth sores but will help relieve discomfort caused by mouth sores. Remember that cold sores can still be contagious even if you don’t feel pain, so it’s still important to be careful.
Using ingredients at home
Apply aloe vera to the irritated lip area. Aloe helps relieve pain and speeds up recovery, making it a great ingredient to help heal mouth sores.
Use ice or a cold pack to cool the sore area. This will help reduce swelling, redness, and reduce symptoms of mouth sores. Even so, cold compresses will not speed up recovery.
Apply Visine to reduce redness. Visine doesn’t actually make cold sores heal faster, but it can make you feel better, making it the right choice for cold sore relief.
Apply moisturizing wax. Moisturizing wax helps mouth sores heal faster and protects mouth sores from infection.
Use a cotton swab to wet the mouth sore, then dip the cotton swab in salt or baking soda and apply it to the sore. Leave for a few minutes for the salt to absorb and drain, then rinse. Repeat as many times as needed. Salt can make you feel a little sore.
Understanding mouth sores
Understand that mouth sores are caused by many strains of the Herpes simplex virus (HSV). This includes HSV-1 and HSV-2, both of which can affect the face and genitals. Once infected, the herpes virus stays with you for life. There’s no way to get rid of them, but you can reduce the frequency with which the virus rages.
Take care to avoid spreading the HSV virus. This is why you need to identify the signs of mouth sores to avoid infecting others.
Do not share eating or drinking utensils or drinks with others, especially when a cold sore is present.
Do not share towels, razors or toothbrushes.
Do not share lipstick, lip balm, lip balm.
Do not kiss others while you have a cold sore. You can switch to a wind kiss or an Eskimo kiss until the sores clear up.
Oral sex, especially during a cold sore, can spread the HSV virus from the lips to the genitals or vice versa.