In this article, I’m going to teach you how to use the Salt on Cold Sore Method. While most people just think about flavoring their food with salt, or perhaps avoiding too much salt in their diets, salt actually has many medicinal properties.
I won’t be going into all of the uses for salt, because I want to strictly focus on teaching you about the benefits of using salt for cold sores.
Putting salt on a cold sore is an awesome method of home treatment.
Now let’s discuss how putting salt on a cold sore can help, so you can heal your cold sore and get on with your life.
Salt on Cold Sore Method – How Does Salt Help?
You may enjoy salt on certain types of food, and now you can also enjoy the benefits of using the Salt on Cold Sore Method.
How does salt help?
Salt benefits cold sores in the following ways:
- Acts as an antiseptic
- Draws out moisture and fluid, allowing the cold sore to dry out
Both sea salt and table salt can be used for the Salt on Cold Sore Method. While the antiseptic ability of salt helps prevent bacteria from growing, the best benefit is salt’s “drying out” property.
Salt on Cold Sore Method & HSV
You may be wondering why it’s so beneficial for salt to dry out the moisture from the cold sore.
Let me explain…
Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are groups of small blisters that form on or near the lips. Cold sores are a result of something called herpes simplex virus (HSV).
There are two types of HSV, and both can cause cold sores. HSV-1 typically is responsible for cold sores, and HSV-2 is most often the cause of genital herpes.
However, both types of HSV can cause cold sores or genital herpes.
After primary infection, the virus resides in the associated dorsal root ganglion where it lies dormant until an external stimuli (such as stress or immunosuppression) initiate reactivation of the virus from dormancy.
The virus lives on forever, and that’s why people continue to get cold sores over and over again.
Now let’s get back to how salt helps cold sores.
The Salt on Cold Sore Method works because the herpes simplex virus requires a warm, moist environment to grow. Putting salt on a cold sore can draw the moisture out, thus making it harder for the virus to replicate.
Here is a picture of the virus.
How To Use the Salt on Cold Sore Method
If you like what you’ve read so far, and are ready to use salt on a cold sore, here is a step-by-step plan for you to follow.
Salt on Cold Sore Method:
- Step 1: Get some powdered salt. You can either buy it powdered, or you can use a rolling pin or something else to crush regular table salt.
- Step 2: Wash your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap.
- Step 3: Moisten either your finger or a Q-tip, dip in the powdered salt, then apply to your cold sore, and hold it there for 40 seconds.
- Step 4: Gently rinse off with some warm water.
You can use the Salt on Cold Sore Method several times a day. Some people even use a mixture of salt and toothpaste for cold sores. A common remedy is to put this mixture on a cold sore before bed and leave it on overnight.
The key to cold sores is to prevent them from forming in the first place.
Thus, I encourage you to check out my Ultimate Guide to Preventing Cold Sores.
It’s free and has absolutely everything you need to know.
If you have any comments or questions on the Salt on Cold Sore Method, please post them in the comment box below.