Benefits Of Tea Tree Oil For Cold Sores
Cold Sores (also called Fever Blisters) are small blisters that occur around the lip area, commonly in the corners of the mouth. Contrary to popular belief, these sores are not caused by the common cold, flu or running a high fever but rather by the Herpes Simplex Virus and are therefore medically referred to as Oral Herpes. Some of you may already be in the last stage of cold sore scab. Here however you will get to know about the Tea Tree Oil for Cold Sores.
The Herpes Simplex virus is highly contagious and Cold Sores can be transmitted easily through direct or indirect contact. In other words kissing, touching the blisters or sores or touching items that have been in contact with the sores can cause Fever Blisters.
While the condition can be painful, itchy and generally uncomfortable, it should clear up naturally, without medical intervention or treatment, within a week to ten days. It is common for the condition to reoccur once the Herpes Simplex Virus (HPV-1) has been contracted.
It is important to note that most people are infected with HPV-1 (over 80% of the population) and that many people will not present with Cold Sores. The virus is very difficult to treat and/or cure and therefore Cold Sores are likely to reappear when the virus flares up.
Although it may not be necessary to treat the cause of these blisters, there are many different treatments and remedies available to treat the symptoms of the condition and promote healing.
One of the most effective natural remedies for Cold Sores is Tea Tree Oil. Tea Tree Oil has been used in the treatment of a variety of different ailments for centuries, especially those related to the skin, and is well renowned for it’s healing and soothing properties.
The soothing properties will alleviate the itching and soreness as well as dry and cracked lips that are associated with the condition. The healing properties will speed up the recovery time and help to resolve the problem within a few days from the cold sores first appearing.
It also contains anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. The anti-viral nature of this essential oil will help reduce the symptoms of the virus and the anti-bacterial properties will stop infection from setting in. If the sores do become infected, it is advisable to consult a medical practitioner.
Due to the highly contagious nature of the virus, it is advisable to use a cotton swab to apply the Tea Tree Oil directly to the affected area. Dispose of the cotton swab immediately after use and do not reuse for reapplication. Regular reapplication will be necessary so it is recommended to keep the essential oil and clean, hygienic cotton swabs handy.
Do not rub the oil into the Cold Sores but rather apply liberally and leave the oil on the sore to be absorbed. Rubbing will cause the blisters to burst and crack causing discomfort. Although the oil can be used at full strength, it is recommended to dilute in water if sensitivity or burning occur.
It is very important to find a Tea Tree Essential Oil that is of a high quality. Local pharmacies, health shops, alternative medicine suppliers and online providers are all good sources for purchasing Tea Tree Oil.
It is highly recommended to start applying Tea Tree Oil to the Cold Sores as soon as possible in order to get the greatest benefit, preferably before the blisters burst and the itching, burning and pain sets in. The first sign is a small, pimple-like bump appearing around the edges of the lips. Using the Tea Tree Oil remedy early on can prevent the blisters from breaking open and causing the other symptoms.
If the condition is extreme where two or more blisters lead to severe discomfort or the sores do not resolve on their own within 10 days, it is recommended to seek medical advice and treatment. A pharmacist can provide a wide range of over the counter medications that can effectively eliminate the problem.
In rare cases, Oral Herpes can result in other conditions such as Bell’s Palsy. This results in partial paralysis of the face and it is necessary to seek medical treatment immediately to prevent permanent loss of feeling and movement in the affected area. Treatment normally consists of an anti-viral drug and cortisone. The condition should resolve within 2 to 3 weeks of treatment.