Cold Sores

Cold SoresWhat are Cold Sores?

Cold sores are those small fluid-filled blisters that are often found on the mouth, lips, and nose. They are also painful and would last for several days. It is caused by a virus which is very hard to eliminate, which is why the condition often recur.

 

What Causes Cold Sores?

Cold sores are actually caused by a virus known as herpes simplex. The moment that you contract the virus, it would simply become dormant in your body. However, it would reactivate once you get stressed or are exposed to really cold or hot weather. Some women would suffer from this during their menstruation. In some cases, they would suffer from the condition whenever they would be eating a lot of nuts or chocolates. These foods contain really high amounts of arginine, an amino acid on which the virus tend to live. Eating these foods have been linked to an attack of cold sores too. Certain studies show that if you take Vitamin C on a regular basis, you can actually help in reducing cold sores. Add some more amino acids and lysine, and you will have the right protection you need.

 

Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Cold Sores

  • Prodrome. These are symptoms that often appear before the actual occurrence or appearance of the sores. These are burning or tingling sensation, which come about before blisters start appearing. Once the sore starts to form, the whole area starts to turn red and will develop small-fluid blisters. These set of small blisters could gather together and form a single large blister.
  • Pain. Cold sores are known to be mildly painful.
  • Once cold sores recur, the blister stage is often short. Blisters tend to dry up really fast and would often leave scabs that could last for one day up to several days. All these would depend on how severe the infection is.

 

Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Cold Sores

Foods You Should Avoid

  • Foods that are rich in arginine. Examples of these foods are chocolates, beans, lentils, and nuts.
  • Avoid sugar, foods made of white flour, foods having high saturated-fat content. These foods do not make the immune system stronger, and in fact tend to weaken it.
  • Too much dairy product. A lot of people have noticed that when they eat plenty of dairy products, they would suffer from an attack of cold sores.

Some Friendly Foods for You

  • Good quality protein. You could go for lean meats like that of turkey, skinless ducks, lean pork, fish, soya, and corn. These foods are rich in lysine, which has been known to interfere with the virus’ replication.

Some Useful Remedies

  • At the start of the attack of cold sores, take 4g of lysine everyday. You can now find lysine and Vitamin C together in a single formula. If you can find none, then you could also take 4g of vitamin C daily with food, along with the 4g of lysine.
  • To help prevent the attack of cold sores, you could take 1g of Vitamin C everyday. You could also take 3g of Propolis capsules. Use the cream topically as this could help in shutting down the attack and also alleviate any irritation. You can then take 500mg of propolis on a daily basis to help prevent more attacks. You can count on the antiviral property of propolis, which in fact has been proven to be more effective as compared to other antiviral drugs.
  • A good multivitamin and mineral must be included in your daily health regimen especially if you are always suffering from cold sores. Look for those sugar and additive free vitamins for your kids. You could also try adding liquid vitamins and minerals to the food they take in if in case they find it hard to take vitamins.

More Helpful Hints for You

  • Be clean. Replace your face towel and toothbrushes regularly since these could harbor the virus.
  • Try dabbing calendula tincture onto the sores. This could alleviate the sores.
  • Take two Homeopathic Rhus Tox 30c everyday for 3 days, as this could help in eliminating the eruptions. It is best to take it as soon as you feel the tingling sensation.
  • Try to take in Back Rescue Remedy, as well as try to dab it onto the cold sore, to prevent further development of the sores.
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