Letâ€™s face it, there are some things we just donâ€™t want to talk about. So if you want to quietly read this blog post and neglect to share it on social media, we get it. But, since youâ€™re here, letâ€™s talk about those embarrassing mouth sores known as fever blisters or cold sores. Most importantly, letâ€™s talk about a natural way to relieve some of the problems they cause. Letâ€™s talk about propolis ointment.
Just Make Them Go Away
Cold sores or fever blisters â€“ whatever you like to call them â€“ are the same thing. These unsightly mouth sores are caused by an infection related to a virus that lives dormant inside a personâ€™s body â€“ that is until it suddenly feels like rearing itâ€™s ugly head!
They start out as blisters usually on the lip or inside of the mouth. After a couple of days, the blisters burst and become painful. People who suffer from cold sores often report redness followed by a burning, painful sensation that typically lasts 10-12 days before going away on itâ€™s own. Some however, can take as long as six weeks to get rid of!
There are similar symptoms associated with sores that affect the genital area in both men and women. These lesions are caused by a different strain of the same virus but the management for both is pretty similar. Prescription medications are often used to help relieve some of the symptoms and shorten the length of an outbreak. You might be surprised to learn, however, that some studies show that using a natural propolis ointment on the affected area may offer natural support in limiting an outbreak and its unwelcome symptoms.
How Are They Spread?
Fever blisters are spread through saliva. Kissing, drinking after other people, and using the same utensils are common ways to contract the virus. Genital lesions are sexually transmitted but can be spread through any bodily fluid such as semen or fluid inside the female genital tract. The virus can be spread to infants during birth, particularly if the mother has lesions inside her vagina at the time of delivery. Researchers believe as much as 65% of Americans are exposed to cold sores by adolescence and up to 85% have been infected by time they hit 60-years-old.
What Causes Outbreaks?
Once you are infected with the virus that causes cold sores and genital lesions, you canâ€™t get rid of it. Symptoms and outbreaks, however, can be managed.
Hereâ€™s a list of the common things that may trigger symptoms.
- Sun Exposure
- Illness accompanied with fever
- Weakened immune system
How Can Propolis Ointment Help?
Studies show that using a propolis ointment such as Fast Acting Combination Propolis Extract from YS Organic Bee Farms, a blend of propolis extract and raw honey paste, may help clear lesions quickly and soothe some of the uncomfortable symptoms by supporting overall skin health. More studies are needed to figure out what exactly propolis can do for skin lesions, but it couldnâ€™t hurt to try (as long as your donâ€™t have a medical aversion to bees or pollen).
Propolis has a number of other health benefits, including promoting brighter looking skin and supporting a healthy immune system. For those who are looking for help with mouth sores, try Herpetino Lip Cream by Terry Naturally, a hypoallergenic cream that helps hide blemishes for healthier-looking lips.
Have you tried propolis and had positive results? Weâ€™d love to hear about your experience. Tell us in the comments below!