I used to date a girl who had frequent cold sore outbreaks, they were unpleasant and inconvenient for all involved, in addition, they were pretty unattractive, it didn’t bother me, but it did her. So for those of you out there who suffer from frequent cold sores, I’m going to have a look and see if there is any merit to the theory that Hydrogen Peroxide can help treat cold sores.
So, what is a cold sore (or as it’s actually called Herpes Simplex Virus I)? Well they start out as little painful blisters around the mouth which, after a few days erupt, like a tiny volcano (But not quite as dramatically), spewing a yellowish pus which quickly scabs over and can last for no more than two weeks. As you can tell, they’re unpleasant, and easy to catch, simple contact with an infected area with ones own mouth can cause the infection spread, actions like kissing or sharing drinks for example.
One thing I should mention is that Cold sores are a kind of herpes which is infamous for being terrifyingly contagious, so without going to much into it, be careful and use your head. After you’ve been infected with the virus, it is extremely difficult to get rid of, as it remains in the nerve cells of the skin, just waiting to be activated by any number of outside causes. These causes can range from stress to monthly menstruation, meaning that once you’ve got a cold sore, chances are, you’ll be getting more.
How can we solve this with our friend H2o2 then? There are two ways we can try, the first is a little, painful though. By purchasing a packet of lancets, cleaning the sore with alcohol and then piercing the sore you can begin this process. After piercing the cold sore, squeeze the pus and fluid onto a disposable and sterile gauze pad, then hold ice to the infected area for 15 minutes, finally soaking the area with 3% Hydrogen Peroxide until it stops bubbling. Repeating the process when the blister reforms.
Or the second, less painful method? Simply clean the infected area with a cotton swab wet with Hydrogen Peroxide 2 or 3 times a day. Much easier, but not as fun to write.
But there you go, I have provided a few ways you can use Hydrogen Peroxide to treat cold sores, you’re welcome, Enjoy that smile.