Cold Sore Causes and Treatment
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Having been afflicted for many years with said "cold sore", I have found that L-Lysine works like magic. In addition to the tingling of lip, feeling feverish (but not) my virus manifests with blinding headaches comparable to a migraine. I pop 2 L-Lysine , an amino acid, and feel the results quickly. I recommend lying down quietly if possible and suspend vigorous activity for a day or so, These tricks help dissipate the effects of the herpes simplex for me.
Melaleuca alternifolia - Teatree oil applied several times a day heals cold sores in a few days. It is antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and soothing. It Must be used sparingly, just for the condition and discontinued when the lesion is healed.
Years ago I made up a potion using herbs. I took myrrh powder, calendula flowerheads, comfrey, slippery elm and goldenseal, mixed them together and warmed them in cooking oil, on the stove. I strained it and refrigerated it.
My husband felt the first tingling of a coldsore and decided to put some on. He didn't breakout.
Another good remedy for cold sores is consuming any tea or other food with licorice in it. The licorice has components that inhibit the virus from growing and, if taken at the very beginning stage, can actually stop the blisters from growing at all
I used to always have a cold sore and a Dr. suggested I get the shingles shot. Haven't had a cold sore since the shot.
Thanks for posting such an informative article i have found that this is very beneficial for us to aware this virus great to see that there is home remedies can cure this virus.I appreciate your effort keep sharing.
I have found that if I start to feel the tingle or feelings of a cold sore coming on, if I will take 2 lysine tablets in the morning and at night, and then 1 for the next few days in the morning and night, they either don't break out, or it lessens the severity of it.
1000 to 1248 mg of L-Lysine works for me every time I feel a cold sore coming on. I take a 1000 mg per day as soon as I feel a cold sore coming on. I keep a bottle in my purse, because the key to L-Lysine working is to take it as soon as you feel the first tingle around your lips.
This article is disappointing, at best. First of all, it should be made clear that the single fastest growing strain of the herpes virus is genital HSV1, as a result of oral sex. Someone with an oral infection gives oral sex to someone else and passes the infection from oral to genital. Second, HSV2 can easily be present as an oral infection - it's not always genital. The only way to know for sure which type you have (either orally or genitally), is to have a lesion swabbed. Lastly, to say that you shouldn't shake hands with someone who has an oral HSV infection sounds like a horrible scare tactic. The likelihood of contracting HSV by shaking hands with someone is nil, unless they have herpes Whitlow. The same goes for contracting it off of a towel. Nothing like further stigmatizing a huge portion of the population who have some form of HSV. It should also be noted that there are many people who are asymptomatic or who don't associate a symptom with HSV and therefor don't know or believe they have HSV.
Thanks for your response, Kristen. You'll note that I focused narrowly on the common problem of cold sores and intentionally stayed away from genital HSV1/HSV2 infections and asymptomatic HSV. Perhaps I should have added a "Learn More" section with links to expanded information on both oral and genital infections.
Can you provide a research-based source for your statement, "the single fastest growing strain of the herpes virus is genital HSV1, as a result of oral sex"? I'd be willing to add this information with links in an addendum to my original article.
I agree it's a good idea for people to visit a health provider to have a lesion swabbed, especially when they get their first cold sore or if they get a new oral or genital lesion after oral sex.
My information sources say the highly contagious HSV can survive for brief periods outside a host's body, on hands (especially if they've touched an active lesion) and even on inanimate objects such as towels and personal-care items.
Clinicians warn people not to touch other parts of their own bodies after touching an active HSV lesion to avoid spreading spreading the infection on themselves. By extension, it makes sense for infected people to avoid touching others, even shaking hands. Doctors also give similar advice to people suffering from other viral illnesses such as colds, flu, and noroviruses.
I don't characterize avoiding handshakes, or not sharing towels, makeup, and personal care products as a scare tactic, or as stigmatizing people infected with HSV. I see it as a common-sense form of self-care when you're in close contact with someone suffering an outbreak, or as a form of respect for others when you have active HSV lesions yourself. Most people can find a way to keep the situation light and non-judgemental.