If you suffer from cold sores, you are not alone. An estimated 80 million Americans are affected by the virus that causes cold sores.
About 90% of adults test positive for the virus and some never experience symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic. A primary infection occurs in most people who are exposed to the virus, but only about 20% of people infected develop sores.
If you’re part of the 20% who suffer from cold sores, there are a multitude of natural-based remedies that can help you heal faster, find relief, and even stop or prevent the outbreaks. Be willing to experiment with the different options available and you’ll likely find a combination of methods to ease the pain and duration of your outbreaks.