Does CBD Help With a Cold Sore On My Lip? Why? | cannabisMD

Does CBD Help With a Cold Sore On My Lip? Why?

CBD Cold Sores on Lips

Young woman examines cold sore in the mirror

Cold sores can be a deeply distressing condition. Not only are they unsightly and likely to cause extreme embarrassment and insecurity, but they spread from person to person like wildfire and come back time and time again. For someone who suffers from cold sores, they can be positively maddening. Add to this the fact that the vast majority of treatments which are currently available on the market are really not very effective at all, and you can see why someone would turn to natural remedies like CBD for hope.

Cold sores are oral herpes. The herpes virus is incurable, and so too are cold sores. While the sores do heal, the big problem with them is that they come back over and over again. Cold sore outbreaks become a regular part of life for someone who has, at one time or another, accidentally contracted the virus. The sores themselves are very similar to other forms of herpes infections.

The signs and symptoms include:

  • Red sores on the edge of the lip
  • The skin becomes painful to touch
  • Swollen lips
  • Pain in the lips and/or tongue
  • The area becomes very dry and can eventually become cracked
  • The appearance of small, or large, fluid filled blisters

Their location on or very near to the lips and mouth make them extremely obvious. It’s no wonder that people with cold sores look to home remedies for help.

What Causes Cold Sores?

Cold sores, also known as canker sores or sometimes called fever blisters, are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1. If you suddenly get a cold sore for the first time, the only possible cause is that you have somehow contracted the virus through contact with another person. Unfortunately, this is a viral infection which once entered, never leaves the body. They are passed from one person to another by skin to skin contact, or saliva.

A cold sore flare up usually involves 5 stages:

  1. Localized tingling around the area where the sore is due to appear in the days prior
  2. The formation of a blister will then appear
  3. The sore will now begin to ooze and weep fluid
  4. A crust or scab will begin to form over the sore
  5. Finally, the sore will start to heal and reduce in size and severity until it has disappeared

The virus itself is incurable because it actually embeds itself into the cells in our bodies. This makes it impossible to cure without killing cells. There are some very lucky people who will carry the virus for life and yet never experience an outbreak. That’s because they’re carrying a dormant virus. However the fact is that most people will experience fairly regular flare ups.

Flare ups of the infection tend to occur during periods when we are unwell, stressed, run down, have a weakened immune system for some reason or have had a lot of sun exposure. For this reason, it’s important to keep an eye on these things in order to prevent an outbreak. Unfortunately though, no matter how careful you are you’re unlikely to prevent them entirely.

There is good news! Without treatment, they will usually take between 7 and days days to clear up. For many people, that’s a bearable amount of time to have a mild to moderate cold sore. For those who experience more severe versions though, it can seem like an eternity. However, there are lots of products out there on the shelves of our local drug stores which claim to cut that healing time dramatically.

Treating Cold Sores

There are so many products available now that you can use to try to treat your cold sore. They come in lots of forms such as ointments, lotions, drops, lip balms, sprays and antiviral medications. Do they all work? Certainly not. But some of them can be effective. The most important thing is to find a treatment that works for you, as you will have to deal with cold sores for years to come.

CBD oil, which is naturally derived from the seeds of the hemp plant, does show some promise in both the prevention and the treatment of cold sores.

Prevention
CBD is strongly believed to be a natural mood stabilizer. It’s ability to reduce stress could work as a preventative measure against further outbreaks. It’s also thought to interact with the endocannabinoid system to boost our immune systems, which again could potentially prevent outbreaks.

Treatment
CBD is packed with anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. The anti-inflammatory could reduce redness and swelling significantly, although we can’t say that for certain until more research is done. And the pain-relieving properties could significantly reduce the discomfort caused by an outbreak.

Unfortunately, the haphazard legal status of cannabis through the United States had significantly hampered efforts to conduct research into CBD, its uses and its side effects. For that reason, there really is very little hard scientific facts about it. However, there is enough research to suggest that it is very safe to experiment with at home, and that it could have a really positive impact on a whole range of conditions, from chronic pain, to cancer prevention, to MS, and even cold sores. It’s down to each individual to decide whether or not they want to explore it further and to ensure that if they do, they do so safely and legally.

Learn more about the uses of CBD oil here.

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