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Cold Sores - How Primary Infections Can Be Treated?

Dr.Nitin Jain 89% (282ratings)
MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD), DDV, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Pune
Cold Sores - How Primary Infections Can Be Treated?

Cold sores are typically caused by the herpes simplex virus and are characterized by small blisters that develop around the lips and mouth. However, some people do not showcase any symptoms at all. The mouth is the most affected area as the skin in this area is not as resistant to the virus as skin on other parts of the body. It can also occur on the chin, nose or cheeks. Cold sores are communicable through skin contact. This condition can also be triggered by stress

The first time this virus affects is a person is known as the primary infection. Some of the symptoms of cold sores are 

  1. Blisters on the mouth, lips, tongue, throat or gums. These blisters may be dry or oozing. 
  2. Pain while swallowing or eating due to ulcers and blisters.
  3. Swollen neck glands.
  4. High fever accompanied by body ache.

An outbreak of cold sores usually lasts about a week. Once the primary infection is over the virus is not eliminated from the body, but remains dormant in a nerve sheath. Recurrent cold sores may not cause severe mouth infections as with primary infections, but can be quite unpleasant. In most cases, recurrent cold sores erupt in the same area as the primary infection. 

Some of the ways to treat primary infections are:

  1. Painkillers: Over the counter painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol can help ease the pain.
  2. Chlorhexidine mouthwash: This can be used in place or brushing in case of painful sores inside the mouth. It can also prevent plaque buildup and secondary gum infection. 
  3. Antiviral medication: If taken at the onset of a cold sore infection, this can reduce the pain associated with it and shorten the duration of the infection. This also prevents the virus from multiplying. 

As cold sores are communicable, it is important to prevent it from spreading. Some ways of containing this infection are:

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water after touching your mouth or the sores.
  2. Avoid touching the cold sores
  3. Abstain from oral sex
  4. Do not share items that come in contact with the infected area like lip balms, towels, cutlery etc. 

If the symptoms do not subside within 5 days, visit a doctor immediately. Consult a doctor if you have frequent bouts of cold sores or suffer from a severe case of the disease. Pregnant women and mothers with young babies who suffer from the disease should also seek prompt medical attention.

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Homeopathic Treatment Of Cold Sores!

Dr.Jyoti Singh 93% (1201ratings)
BHMS, MA Psychology & Traning Counselling
Homeopath, Delhi
Homeopathic Treatment Of Cold Sores!

What are Cold Sores?
Cold sores are also called as fever blisters. Fever blisters are a common viral infection. Cold sores are red, fluid-filled blisters that form near the mouth or on other areas of the face. These blisters are often grouped together in patches. Cold sores usually heal in two to four weeks without leaving a scar.

Risk factors -

  • Infection, fever, or a cold
  • Stress
  • Sun exposure and severe burns
  • Cancer chemotherapy
  • Menstruation and eczema
  • HIV/AIDS or a weakened immune system
  • Dental work
  • Anti-rejection drugs for organ transplants

Complications -

  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
  • Red, irritated eyes with or without discharge.
  • High or persistent fever.

Symptoms and causes -
Symptoms -

  • Tingling and itching:- around the lips many people feel an itching, burning or tingling sensation for a day or so before a small, hard, painful spot appears and blister erupt.
  • Oozing and crusting:- the small blisters may merge and then burst, leaving shallow open sores that will ooze fluid and then crust over.
  • Blister:- small fluid-filled blisters typically break out along the border where the outside edge of the lips meets the skin of the face. Cold sores also occur around the nose or on the cheeks.
  • During the first time some people also experience fever, painful eroded gums, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes.

Causes -

  • Viral infection or fever
  • Stress and fatigue
  • Changes in the immune system
  • Hormonal changes, such as those related to menstruation, exposure to sunlight and wind


Diagnosis and treatment -
Diagnosis -

Fluid from the sore can be examined to find out if you have a herpes virus called herpes simplex virus (hsv). This virus causes cold sores thus diagnosis of cold sores can be made.

Treatment -
Treatment for cold sores are antiviral drugs, lip- balms and creams, pain- relieving creams, stress reduction medicines, synthetic beeswax, etc. But these treatments are not permanent and safe. Thus homeopathic treatment is the best treatment for cold sores to eliminate the virus without side effects.

Management -

  • Avoid skin to skin contact with others while blisters are present.
  • Keep your hands clean.
  • Don’t sharing items.
  • Avoid touching other parts of the body, especially susceptible areas, such as the genitals and eyes

Homeopathic management -
There are medicines like natrum mur, rhus tox, apis mellifica, arsenicum album, borax, graphites, hepar sulph, etc. But medicine depends on the presentation of the case and should never be taken without consulting a registered homeopath. Homeopathy has permanent cure for cold sores.

Do’s and don’ts -
Do’s -

  • Avoid skin to skin contact with others while blisters are present.
  • Keep your hands clean.
  • Eat healthy diet to boost immunity.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Add probiotics to the diet.
  • Maintain hygiene.

Don’ts -

  • Don’t share items.
  • Don’t rub the sores.

Sore Throat - Know Diet For It!

MBBS, Diploma in Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Nagpur
Sore Throat - Know Diet For It!

A sore throat is usually caused by a bacterial infection and it usually indicates an onset of the cold. It may also indicate strained vocal cords or a strep throat. Eating proper foods can help in easing the symptoms and fight inflammation; thus providing the requisite energy to the body.

The 5 foods which help in treating a sore throat are:

1. Bananas
These foods are packed with vitamin C that allows you to recover quickly from an illness. They are also relatively soft and easier to swallow which make them a preferred food if you have a sore throat.

2. Cooked carrots
Carrots contain good amounts of vitamin A; eating them roasted or sauteed is a good way to consume the required nutrients. This vegetable also contains carotenoids in good amounts which are beneficial for the body.

3. Tea
Tea is usually preferred by people when they have a sore throat. Tea has anti-inflammatory properties which help in fighting infections in the body. Tea also helps in fighting stress and contributes to increased focus.

4. Cooked cabbage
Cabbage contains antioxidants along with sulfur, vitamin K and vitamin C which help in fighting infections in the body. It can also relieve symptoms of headache.

5. Sage
Sage is a herb that has powerful infection-fighting properties. Mixing crushed sage with warm water or sprinkling it in your soup can help alleviate symptoms of cold and sore throat.

6. Honey
Honey is an effective treatment for a sore throat because of its strong anti-inflammatory properties. It is recommended to take honey during a sore throat.

7. Liquorice
Liquorice is another remedy that can be used to treat sore throat. It has certain properties which cause a reduction in pain and help in clearing the airways.

8. Yoghurt
Yoghurt is soft which makes it easier to gulp down in case of a sore throat. You may even add some fresh fruits to the mix for taste.

9. Garlic
Garlic has strong antibacterial properties which help in easing symptoms of sore throat. You may directly chew garlic or add them to your food to gain the maximum benefits.
 

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What Causes Canker Sores And How To Prevent It?

Dr.Ruchi Lohia 93% (65ratings)
BDS, Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE), Advanced Endotontic Course On Root Canal, Postgraduate in Aesthetic Dentistry
Dentist, Kolkata
What Causes Canker Sores And How To Prevent It?

Canker sore is a kind of mouth ulcer or an open and painful sore. It is the most common and prominent type of mouth ulcer, which usually affect lips, inner cheeks or tongue. This a yellow or white spot surrounded by reddish sore. Canker sore can be either complex or simple. The common type of canker sore affects people between 10 to 20. Generally, canker sore develops in people who were previously attacked by it.

The symptoms of canker sores may include:
1. Large sores
2. An outbreak in sores
3. Excruciating pain
4. High fever
5. Diarrhoea
6. Rash
7. Headache

There can be many risk factors for canker sores. It may develop into a severe oral ulcer. Canker sores can also be triggered genetically. There are various causes of canker sores, which may include:
1. Viral infection
2. Stress
3. Hormonal fluctuations
4. Food allergy
5. Menstrual cycle
6. Mineral or vitamin deficiency
7. Immunity system problem
8. Mouth injury

Canker sores can cause difficulties in swallowing and chewing. Most of the canker sores need no treatment; they can heal on their own. There are many ways by which you can prevent canker sores, those may include:

1. Avoid some food items which can cause irritation in your mouth
2. Avoiding citrus foods like - lemon, orange, acidic vegetables and spicy fried foods
3. Avoiding problems through gum chewing
4. Brushing in a slow manner with soft-bristle tooth-brush
5. Brushing at least two times a day, especially after heavy meals
6. Drinking a lot of fluid

However, a canker sore heals on its own, without any treatment. Taking care of your oral health on a regular basis would rescue you from having canker sores. If you keep your mouth clean it would help you fight bacteria. Sometimes pain can become severe, and you might need some medications to cure your canker sores.

There are some ways through which you can treat your canker sore.
1. Antimicrobial mouth wash
2. Antibiotic medicines
3. Corticosteroid ointment
4. Prescribed mouthwash
5. You can gargle with salt and warm water
6. Orabase can also be used to create numbness

Sometimes canker sores can pop up for stress. If stress is the reason for your canker sore then some stress reduction methods like meditation, deep breathing and calming technique will help. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

 

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3 Symptoms Of Cold Sores And Its Treatment

Dr.Archit Aggarwal 89% (23ratings)
MBBS, M.D - Skin & V.D
Dermatologist, Faridabad
3 Symptoms Of Cold Sores And Its Treatment

Cold sores alternatively known as fever blisters is a viral infection which usually occurs around the mouth.They occur in patches and heal within 2 to 4 weeks usually without leaving behind any scars. Cold sores are contagious and can be spread from person to person via close contact. Read on more to find all about them.


Symptoms
Usually cold sores passes through multiple stages.
-Tingling and itching: People usually experience a tingling, burning sensation around the lips prior to blisters which may appear within a day or two after such a sensation.
-Blisters: These blisters are small, filled with fluids and usually break out along the border of the skin and the lips. They can also occur around the nose or cheeks.
-Oozing and crusting: The blisters have a tendency to burst which leaves shallow open sores which then usually crust over.


Some other symptoms which accompany cold sores are fever, headache, sore throat, muscle aches and swollen lymph nodes.


Causes
Strands of the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) typically cause cold sores. In some instances HSV-2 can also cause cold sores. Cold sores are most contagious when they are in the form of oozing blisters. It can spread by sharing the same utensils, kissing, sharing towels and razors and also oral sex. Cold sores can be triggered due to several factors such as stress, fatigue, fever, hormonal changes and changes in the immune system.


Risk Factors
About 90% of adults worldwide test positive for this virus. People who have a weakened immune system are more prone to be infected by the virus. For example people suffering from eczema, AIDSand severe burns have a higher chance of contracting cold sores.
Complications
In certain cases cold sores affect other parts of the body. Fingertips, hands, and some other parts of the body are affect by both HSV-1 and HSV-2 in some instances. It can also cause eye infections which can lead to blindness or may even spread to the spinal cord and the brain in people who have a very weak immune system.


Treatment
Cold sores have no treatment and they usually clear up without any medication within 2 to 4 weeks. However certain antiviral medications are present which speed up the healing process. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Cold Sores - Know Everything About It!

MBBS, Diploma In Dermatology And Venerology And Leprosy (DDVL)
Dermatologist, Chennai
Cold Sores - Know Everything About It!

Cold sores alternatively known as fever blisters is a viral infection which usually occurs around the mouth.They occur in patches and heal within 2 to 4 weeks usually without leaving behind any scars. Cold sores are contagious and can be spread from person to person via close contact. Read on more to find all about them.

Symptoms
Usually cold sores passes through multiple stages.

  1. Tingling and itching: People usually experience a tingling, burning sensation around the lips prior to blisters which may appear within a day or two after such a sensation.
  2. Blisters: These blisters are small, filled with fluids and usually break out along the border of the skin and the lips. They can also occur around the nose or cheeks.
  3. Oozing and crusting: The blisters have a tendency to burst which leaves shallow open sores which then usually crust over.

Some other symptoms which accompany cold sores are fever, headache, sore throat, muscle aches and swollen lymph nodes.

Causes
Strands of the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) typically cause cold sores. In some instances HSV-2 can also cause cold sores. Cold sores are most contagious when they are in the form of oozing blisters. It can spread by sharing the same utensils, kissing, sharing towels and razors and also oral sex. Cold sores can be triggered due to several factors such as stress, fatigue, fever, hormonal changes and changes in the immune system.

Risk Factors
About 90% of adults worldwide test positive for this virus. People who have a weakened immune system are more prone to be infected by the virus. For example people suffering from eczema, AIDSand severe burns have a higher chance of contracting cold sores.

Complications
In certain cases cold sores affect other parts of the body. Fingertips, hands, and some other parts of the body are affected by both HSV-1 and HSV-2 in some instances. It can also cause eye infections which can lead to blindness or may even spread to the spinal cord and the brain in people who have a very weak immune system.

Treatment
Cold sores have no treatment and they usually clear up without any medication within 2 to 4 weeks. However certain antiviral medications are present which speed up the healing process. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dermatologist.

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Canker Sores - Ways It Can Be Treated!

MD- Paediatrics & Neonatology, MBBS
Pediatrician, Gurgaon
Canker Sores - Ways It Can Be Treated!

Canker sores can be said to be quite annoying, to say the very least. However, it is a relief to know that most of these sores are not a cause of concern. That being said, when a person has the opportunity to stop the sores from staying on, why should he or she not take it? In order to get to know how to treat canker sores, it is first important to understand what they are and how they are caused.

These sores mainly appear in children. The areas where they appear are the mouth and the tongue, in particular. One of the interesting things about canker sores is the fact that doctors do not know what the exact cause of these sores is. The symptoms of having canker sores include a possible tingling in the area in the run-up to the canker sore appearing, as well as painful red sores. It is to be kept in mind that these sores can develop either on their own or in groups.

Possible reasons why a person may have canker sores can include a bad diet, an infection and also a deficiency in terms of the intake of certain nutrients. One of the key nutrients happens to be folic acid. Iron and the vitamin B12 are not to be forgotten, either.


When a person would like to make an effort to reduce the pain and the discomfort which is associated with a canker sore, he or she should follow a routine in which after a meal is eaten, he or she should take some baking soda and mix it with a little bit of water. After this is done to a sufficient point to make a paste, he or she should apply it on the canker sores in the mouth. If an alternative is required, what could be used is a mix of water along with some hydrogen peroxide. This is to be followed up soon with some milk of magnesia.

The last thing a person wants is for an infection to strike the canker sores he or she may have. Not only is this quite uncomfortable, to say the very least, but there is also a longer time taken to the point of full recovery. In order to combat this, mouthwashes which include tetracycline are welcome. Also rinsing the mouth with a mix of warm water and salt is a smart move. If you wish to discuss any specific problem. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult the best Pediatrician in Gurgaon & get answers to your questions!

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Homeopathic Treatment For Genital Herpes!

Dr.Anand Dhoot 88% (175ratings)
BHMS, MD - Homeopathy, Msc - Counselling & Psycotherapy
Homeopathy Doctor, Hyderabad
Homeopathic Treatment For Genital Herpes!

The main symptom of genital herpes include occurrence of blisters around or near the rectum. These blisters do break eventually, but they leave behind sores that are very tender and that take about 2 to 4 weeks to heal when the eruption of blisters occurs for the first time. The subsequent outbreaks are shorter and less severe than the first outburst. The disease can spread easily through sexual intercourse and it is better to consult a doctor, even if no clear symptoms are visible. Genital herpes cause tingling sensation and a lot of uneasiness in the genital area.

Causes of genital herpes

  1. The genital herpes infection is mainly caused by 2 different types of HSVs or herpes simplex virus.
  2. The first type of herpes simplex virus most commonly infect the lips and they cause cold sores, which are recognized as fever blisters.
  3. The first type of HSV type 1 virus can also produce sores in the genital area. The usual cause of genital herpes is the HSV type 2 and that can infect the mouth.
  4. Genital herpes can be simply transmitted from one individual to another during sex. The symptoms of herpes can be produced on and off in some people as it remains in the nerve cells of the body.

Symptoms of genital herpes

  1. Burning or itchy feeling in the genital area that lasts for more than 2-3 weeks.
  2. Pain is experienced in the genital area, legs and buttocks.
  3. Fluid is discharged from the Vagina, and pressure is experienced in the abdomen.
  4. The sores appear after few days on regions where the virus has entered like penis, vagina or the mouth.
  5. The other general symptoms that can occur under this condition are headache, fever, muscle aches and difficulty in urination.
  6. The glands around the groin area also get swollen at times.

Homeopathic medicines are safe
It is a contagious disease and use of homeopathic remedies is very effective in treating herpes. Remarkable results can be gained by taking homeopathic medicines, and these are extremely safe. There are no side effects caused by taking homeopathic medications, and are of great use in eradicating the condition from the root. The intensity of the genital herpes condition takes a long time to wither and use of homeopathic medicine though provides slow results is very effective and harmless. The best homeopathic medication that can be taken to treat genital herpes is Natrum Mur for both men and women. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Homeopathic.

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Ayurvedic Remedies To Treat Cold!

Dr.Swapnil Prabhakar Shinde 91% (454ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Ayurveda
Ayurvedic Doctor, Chalisgaon
Ayurvedic Remedies To Treat Cold!

Cough and cold is one of the most common health issues that can occur to anybody and everybody at any point of time. Nasopharynx is one of the leading causes of common cold. Cold symptoms highly affect your body's immunity power. It is always better to rely on natural products rather than medicated drugs so that speedy results can be gained and on the other hand, side-effects can also be prevented.

Common cold is the most common dosha disorder affecting human beings. Everyone has suffered from common cold at some point or other in their lives. Its symptoms are too well-known. In Ayurveda, this very ordinary ailment is called as Pratishyaya.

All the three doshas are responsible for the occurrence of common cold. Vata dosha common colds have dry coughs, little mucus discharge, hoarse voice, headache problem and a runny nose. People with pitta dosha who have common colds will have fever, sore throat, yellowish nasal discharge and continuous blockage of the nose. People with kapha dosha common colds have thick mucus discharges with dull headaches and heaviness of the head.

Major Ayurvedic products for treating cold:

Ayurveda is the ultimate solution for all kinds of health issues. There are few Ayurvedic products that can efficiently deal with cold symptoms, and they are as follows:

  1. Karpooradi thailam: It is for direct application over face and chest. Few drops need to be put in water and then the solution should be boiled so that you can take the steam. The solution not only reduces inflammation, but chest congestion can also be well treated.
  2. Thaleesapathradi choornam: Excess cough can be easily released if you take it along with honey.
  3. Agasthya rasayanam: It is equipped with potential anti-histaminic properties, and thus it acts as a valuable decongestant.
  4. Fluvin capsules: These capsules are now treated as one of the excellent Ayurvedic solutions that can efficiently treat all kinds of cold symptoms. These capsules are enriched with anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties as a result of which cold symptoms can be easily cured, and you can get utmost relief. You also get increased immunity by having these capsules.

5 homemade solutions for dealing with cold symptoms:

  1. Drinking ginger tea: It improves taste buds and digestion can be stimulated as this tea is a decongestant.
  2. Having lemon juice: Both honey and water can be mixed with this juice in order to soothe the sore throat. Excess cough can be driven out and vitamin C intake is also boosted.
  3. Taking garlic: This ingredient is highly enriched with antiseptic properties and thus infectious elements can be eliminated. Garlic can be used both in supplements and soup and thus you can choose any of these forms.
  4. Drinking ginger juice: Water, Amla juice and honey can be mixed with ginger juice in order to create a magical solution that can treat all signs of cold. It not only plays the role of decongestant, but your immunity can also be improved by the same.
  5. Make tulsi preparation: Pepper and tulsi together create the most powerful combination, which drives away both toxins and infectious elements as a result of which suffering due to cold symptoms can be reduced, and you can get instant relief.

Kindly take ayurvedic medicines under supervision of an experienced ayurvedic doctor.

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Sensitive to Cold - 7 Homeopathic Remedies For It!

Dr.Pankaj Sen 89% (244ratings)
BHMS
Homeopathy Doctor, Indore
Sensitive to Cold - 7 Homeopathic Remedies For It!

The sensitivity towards cold is different for all people and some people are much more sensitive to cold than others. They are more prone to common cold, cough, nose block, running nose, viral fever, congestion, and sinus problems. Homeopathy is ideal for the treatment of disorders caused due to cold or due to extra sensitivity to cold. Other than the symptoms, homeopathy effectively cures the underlying causes of cold sensitivity that cause the condition.

Homeopathic Medicines for Cold and Congestion Sensitivity

Here is a list of common homeopathic remedy for cold sensitivity, these remedies used to cure different conditions arising from cold sensitivity, along with the symptoms which appear based on which they are prescribed:

  1. Aconite: Aconite is a homeo remedy for cold sensitivity used when there is a sudden onset of cold due to exposure to dry and cold weather conditions. High fever is indicated. The patient is restless, extra sensitive towards the light, and has a runny nose. Sneezing and headache prevail.
  2. Allium Cepa: This homeopathic medicine is used when there is a burning nasal discharge which causes a burning sensation on the skin and upper lip. The eyes become red and burning is felt. There is a tickling sensation in the larynx and a painful cough.
  3. Arsenicum: When a person experiences thick, yellow, and watery nasal discharge, which causes a burning sensation to the skin, arsenicum acts as homeopathic remedy for this cold sensitivity problem. The nose feels blocked with irritation and a tickling sensation. Violent, frequent sneezing and coughing are indicated. Headaches and chest pain are likely.
  4. Belladonna: Belladonna is a homeopathic remedy for cold sensitivity used in cases of sudden onset of cold accompanied by high fever, enhanced pupil size, and a hot, dry sensation on the face. Extra light sensitivity develops, and the affected person has a sore throat and experiences throbbing headaches. A barking cough is observed.
  5. Bryonia: Bryonia is used when cold moves onto the chest and is painful, spasmodic cough is experienced while breathing deeply, eating, or drinking. The chest pain increases with movement. The patient becomes irritable, tired, feel sick, and thirsty. He would want to be left alone.
  6. Chamomilla:  Homeo remedy for cold sensitivity used when an earache occurs due to cold. The patient gets irritable and experiences pain. One cheek becomes red and hot while the other cheek remains cool and pale.
  7. Eupatorium: Eupatorium is a homeopathic medicine for cold sensitivity used where a person develops deep backache and ache in the limbs due to cold. Severe headache is experienced, and the eyeballs become sore. Chills and fevers are very frequent. The patient feels thirsty and vomiting may be indicated.

Enhanced sensitivity towards cold makes a person prone to the common cold and other related medical conditions. Various homeopathic remedies for cold sensitivity are available and total treatment is ensured in a natural way. If you have any query then you can consult with Homeopathy Doctors in Indore and get answers to your questions!


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