Nowadays, Cοld sores аrе a very common, recurrent аnd contagious problem аnd therefore, a cure іѕ desired. Unfortunately, cure οnlу means keeping thе symptoms under control. It dοеѕ nοt mean eliminating thеm fοr gοοd bесаυѕе thе virus stays іn your body. Whаt іѕ thе best remedy fοr eliminating thе painful аnd οftеn embarrassing symptoms οf [...]
I don’t know about you, but I find that whenever I get a cold sore, I never have anything on hand to 1) alleviate the throbbing and 2) reduce the redness! One of the best things you can do for a cold sore is to put ice or something cold onto the area as quickly [...]
Cold Sores can be one of the most painful things to happen on your face and also one of the most debilitating in terms of how you feel about yourself because it makes you feel like everyone can see it and it can also make you feel unloveable and unattractive, at least that’s what happens [...]
Prevent Cold Sores Cold sore occurrence is highly dependent on the state of our immune system. The question is how can we maintain our immune system so that we don’t get cold sores or other infections? Well, theoretically people can achieve a strong immune system by doing daily exercise and eating the right foods in [...]
Nowadays, Cοld sores аrе a very common, recurrent аnd contagious problem аnd therefore, a cure іѕ desired. Unfortunately, cure οnlу means keeping thе symptoms under control. It dοеѕ nοt mean eliminating thеm fοr gοοd bесаυѕе thе virus stays іn your body.
Whаt іѕ thе best remedy fοr eliminating thе painful аnd οftеn embarrassing symptoms οf sores? Oftеn they wіll heal οn thеіr οwn іn a week οr two. Hοwеνеr, most people want tο speed up thе healing wіth a treatment. A suitable treatment wіll аlѕο hеlр prevent infections οf thе sores, whісh wіll οnlу lead tο more health problems. Keep іt сlеаn аѕ a way οf preventing infections.
Thеrе аrе many varities οf remedies. Generally, іt іѕ best tο practice аn early treatment regime. Whеn thе initial symptoms such аѕ tingling οr burning become evident thаn applying thіѕ immediately mау prevent thе blister frοm forming οr аt thе very lеаѕt hеlр іt heal fаѕtеr. Thеrе аrе several products available. Thеѕе саn bе non prescription over thе counter type products οr drugs thаt require a prescription frοm a physician.
A home οr аll natural treatment іѕ thе best remedy аnd іѕ possible without thе υѕе οf medical drugs. Fοr example, ѕοmе medical research studies hаνе indicated thаt outbreaks саn bе caused bу deficiencies іn vitamin B12 οr calcium. Therefore, increasing thе intake οf thеѕе components mау hеlр. Increasing Vitamin C intake аnd using vitamin E οr zinc containing creams саn аlѕο hеlр speed healing.
Thеrе аrе cases whеn a cure іѕ nοt effective. If sores аrе nοt healing within thе ten tο fourteen-day window, іf thе symptoms аrе severe, thеrе аrе аnу signs οf eye problems οr іf thеrе аrе signs οf infection, thеn a visit tο a medical doctor іѕ recommended.
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I don’t know about you, but I find that whenever I get a cold sore, I never have anything on hand to 1) alleviate the throbbing and 2) reduce the redness!
One of the best things you can do for a cold sore is to put ice or something cold onto the area as quickly as you first feel it and leave it on there for as long as you can, this will help to reduce the throbbing and if caught quickly enough, can even stop the cold sore from turning into the ugly blister! It will also help the redness.
But, if you are like me, I wake up with my cold sores, so no chance of getting any quick remedy onto it, by the time I’m awake, the blister is already there, argh!
Below is a great video that shows you how you can minimise the impact of a cold sore and what you can do to get rid of it quickly! Enjoy
Cold Sores can be one of the most painful things to happen on your face and also one of the most debilitating in terms of how you feel about yourself because it makes you feel like everyone can see it and it can also make you feel unloveable and unattractive, at least that’s what happens to me when I get one, I instantly feel down and out.
The following 2 tips are ones that I use when I don’t have access to Zovirax or I’ve missed the “tingle” phase:
- I eat high lysine (protein) foods as they help to prevent the cold sore from becoming a full blown outbreak. You can find lysine based creams in your local pharmacy as well, applies to the area as well.High lysine foods include meat and dairy products.Also, in conjunction with eating high lysine foods, AVOID high arginine foods such as nuts, seeds, grains and chocolate as these speed up the cold sore outbreak.
- As soon as I feel the cold sore coming on, I instantly apply ice or something cold to the area, a can of coke will do! Leave this on as long as possible, a good 5-10 minutes is best. If you feel the area tingling again or ‘feel’ the cold sore coming through, instantly apply the ice again, leaving it on for as long as you can stand. Repeat every 2-3 hours on the first day of the outbreak.
By applying these 2 tips, you can help to prevent a cold sore outbreak without having to take any medication.
Prevent Cold Sores
Cold sore occurrence is highly dependent on the state of our immune system. The question is how can we maintain our immune system so that we don’t get cold sores or other infections?
Well, theoretically people can achieve a strong immune system by doing daily exercise and eating the right foods in balanced amounts. The problem is that healthy foods are generally expensive and not all that tasty, and good tasting foods are usually bad for our bodies but less expensive than health foods. For example, eating too many dairy foods, including milk, cheese, butter and cream, are not good for our health. Dairy foods contain a lot of fat, and eating them will cause excess fats in our body, especially if we do not get enough physical exercise. Long term, excess fats will lead to many diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. These chronic diseases will reduce our immune systems capacity to fight free radicals and viruses that may enter our bodies.
Dairy food is just an example of common foods that we eat every day. Don’t forget other junk foods in our daily menu such as soft drinks and potato chips. These foods contain a lot of sugar or salt inside and they can have a bad affect on our bodies. On the contrary, most people will hesitate to eat healthy foods every day. Many don’t like to eat vegetables, especially green vegetables such as broccoli which have great antioxidant properties that may enhance our immune system.
Unbalanced diets will cause our immune system to function at a lower capacity. Weak immune system will make us vulnerable to infections, especially viral infections such as cold sores. Like we said before, there are no medications that can cure cold sores completely. The virus will stay in our body as long as we live. So our immune system is our only hope in dealing with this disease and other viral infections.
So is there an easy way to boost our immune systems?
Yes, there is. The easiest way for us to keep our immune system strong is by consuming supplements. Consuming the right supplements will greatly increase our immune system and keep away most diseases, not just limited to cold sores and herpes, but also other disease such as influenza, diarrhea and fever. These supplements may consist of herb extracts, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Remember, our immune system is very complex and consists of multiple parts. Every infection from a virus or bacteria that comes into our body will be dealt with by different parts of our immune system. Scientists around the world still have not figured out the exact mechanism of the human immune system. Consuming supplements that can enhance our immune system is indeed a good thing, but it does not guarantee us to be free from infections like flu and cold sores.
- Vitamin A
Vitamin A has many benefits for our body, especially for our eyes health. It also serves as anti oxidant agent and immune system stimulator. Consuming adequate vitamin A daily will help stregthen our immune system which protects us from cold sores. The best form of vitamin A is beta carotene, which will be converted to vitamin A in our body, specifically in the liver. Carrots are extremely rich in beta carotene. You can also find vitamin A in fish liver oils and green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and asparagus.
- Vitamin B
Vitamin B does not increase our immune system, but it is still useful for us in dealing with cold sores by indirectly reducing stress. As we discussed before, stress is a common factor that triggers cold sore outbreaks. Adequate vitamin B will benefit our nervous system and hormonal balancing, leading to reduced stress. Remember, it can only help to reduce stress INDIRECTLY, so use it as a complement to other drugs for stress therapy.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a potent antioxidant and immune booster. Consuming vitamin C daily will keep your immune system strong, effectively keeping cold sores away from our body. If you feel your immune system is weakened, then taking vitamin C can be helpful. But be careful, high doseages of vitamin C can trigger stomach irritation, causing nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. To avoid this, we can either consume low doses of vitamin C (no more than 200mg per consumption) or take the ester C form. Ester C polyascorbate is the safest form of vitamin C because it is naturally bonded with certain minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium. It is much more absorbable by our body than usual vitamin C, and it does not cause stomach irritation. Vitamin C is found in vegetables and fruits, including tomatoes, broccoli, currants, grapefruit, papayas and berries. Citrus fruits such orange and lime are rich in vitamin C.
- Vitamin E
In addition of numerous benefits such as promoting healing and skin nourishment, Vitamin E also increases our immune systems by working synergistically with vitamin C. This means vitamin E and vitamin C will have greater effect if they are consumed together. They will greatly improve our immune system and prevent cold sore outbreaks. When consuming vitamin E supplements, always try to choose the natural form. It is called Beta Tocopherol. Natural forms of vitamin E will be absorbed by our body much more efficiently. Vitamin E can be found in whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables, eggs, and sweet potatoes.
Bioflavonoid also acts synergistically with vitamin C by enhancing the vitamin C absorption. It also has anti bacterial and anti viral properties. When taken with vitamin C, bioflavonoid can significantly reduce cold sore symptoms. Some supplements contain bioflavonoid and vitamin C together in one tablet, so aim to buy these when you feel the “tingle” of a cold sore outbreak. Natural sources of bioflavonoid are buckwheat, black currants, lemons, oranges and apricots.
In addition to these vitamins above, consuming herb supplements can also benefits us. Supplements such as Lysine , Zinc, Resveratrol, Reishi Mushroom, Propolis, Lemon Balm, and Echinacea have beneficial effects that can help us to prevent cold sores.
Nose Cold Sores
Cold sores usually appear on the lips and areas around the mouth. But sometimes they can appear on the cheeks, on the nose and in your nostrils and worse case scenario, around the eye area or on your eye. If you ever get a cold sore around the eye area, see your doctor IMMEDIATELY to get this seen to, as it can lead to blindness if left untreated. The virus travels through nerve paths and can find its way to other areas of your face if these areas are near the initial vicinity of infection and if you have had the initial outbreak of cold sores dry out and crack, releasing the virus in the fluid that secrets out. Getting cold sores or fever blisters in and around the nose and on other parts of your face can be more painful than the ones that generally appear on the lips and around the mouth.
The cold sores or fever blisters in and around the nose are similar to those that appear on your lips and mouth. They swell and form blisters which erupt, produce scabbing and finally heal, usually leaving no scars. This is called nasal herpes. Basically, the virus goes through the same stages that oral herpes goes through; that of the ‘prodrome’ stage, the ‘weeping’ stage and the ‘healing’ stage. As you can see from the photo, they can be very painful and spread very easily.
The cold sores or fever blisters in and around the nose can be a result of autoinoculation, where you actually spread the virus from one area to another yourself. Cold sores are highly contagious. Picking your nose when you accidentally touch an active outbreak of a cold sore is one way of transmitting the virus to your nostrils. Being conscious of what you touch and where your hands have been will help avoid spreading the virus to other parts of your body. Washing your hands often with soap and water as well as applying a hand sanitizer after washing will also help prevent autoinoculation .
Nose Cold Sores and Other Illnesses
The cold sores or fever blisters in and around the nose can get really irritating and extremely painful particularly if you have the flu or a cold at the same time, which can be a common occurrence as your immune system is low and once you have had them in this area, they will tend to reappear there anytime your immune system is compromised. The conditions inside the nose, being moist and warm, make the virus thrive which can increase its chances to infect nearby areas and can lead to a longer healing time than usual. When the scabbing stage begins, the crusting becomes hard due to the constant flow of air in the nostrils. This means the scabs can easily break and bleed with just a movement of your nose. The skin in the nostrils is fragile and thin which increases the possibility of the scabs breaking and bleeding easily. This can promote further infection of the virus. All in all, not a very nice outbreak to be experiencing!
Applying home remedies like placing ice on the nose can help relieve the pain of the cold sores or fever blisters and can speed up the healing time. Taking L-lysine can also shorten the duration of the episode as well as applying liberal amounts of Vaseline to the area to keep it moist and to avoid the drying out and crusting phase. If Vaseline is applied in the early stages, you will be able to avoid an outbreak as seen above.
Having cold sores or fever blisters on any part of your face is unpleasant enough. But having cold sores and fever blisters in and around your nose could possibly be the worst.
Lip sores are often referred to as cold sores or fever blisters and are a result of the herpes simplex type 1 virus. There are two types of herpes simplex virus. The first is herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1), which can cause cold sores on or around the mouth in most cases and around the upper lip/nose area if you pop them and the fluid reaches these areas, very painful! A person who has the second type of herpes virus (HSV2) may primarily experience genital herpes. Herpes simplex type 2 is a sexually transmitted disease that results in painful blisters in the genital area.
Herpes Simplex Virus 1 Explained
Herpes simplex virus type 1 is among the most common viruses known to medical science. It has been suggested that those susceptible to lip sores (cold sores) are likely experiencing a weakened immune system as a result of illness. These sores typically appear as fluid filled pustules in and around the lips and surrounding mouth tissue. The life of a lip sore (cold sore) ranges from 10 – 14 days. It should be noted that there is not a cure for cold sores but there is much that can be done to ease the discomfort of the condition while waiting for nature to take its course.
There are several treatment options available to cold sore sufferers including prescription medications and over the counter (OTC) topical treatments. Many people with cold sores seek natural treatments in order to avoid having to use prescriptive and over-the-counter drugs that may have unpleasant side effects.
Fever Blister Cures
To date there is no known cure for the herpes simplex virus (also known as fever blisters or cold sores), which is the cause of fever blisters in our systems. There are many treatments that can help you manage fever blisters or cold sores and these include creams that are available without a prescription, and these can be very helpful in providing relief of the pain and redness, but they will not help to cure the problem or eliminate the cause. In cases where outbreaks are frequent and severe, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication, either in topical or oral form, to keep the virus responsible for the outbreaks at a low level. Since it is caused by a virus, there is no medical cure that will eliminate fever blisters or cold sores. Home remedies and other treatments can help to alleviate and minimize the symptoms though, and this can help to make you feel and look better during an outbreak.
What Treatments Are There?
There are many treatments that can help to minimize the look of a fever blister or cold sore during an outbreak, including keeping the fever blister or cold sore moist at all times, this will reduce redness and will stop the fever blister or cold sore from drying out and cracking, causing the fluid inside to be released and reinfect the area. By keeping the fever blister or cold sore moist, you will just have a small blister on your lip which is easy to conceal with the right hygenic products and lip gloss.
A cold sore treatment plan can involve methods to help minimize the pain and blisters, such as keeping stress levels low, staying fit and healthy, eating a nutritious diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, and drinking plenty of water and other fluids without alcohol or caffeine. All of these factors will minimize the level of the virus in your body, and this can prevent outbreaks. Over the counter pain medication and creams will help to eliminate the pain of the sores. High levels of stress cause your immune system to weaken, and this means your body can not fight the virus as effectively, so keeping your stress minimized will help you win the fight against fever blisters and cold sores. A proper diet and regular exercise will help to strengthen your immune system, so that you can fight off the virus better on your own and prevent coldsores from emerging. The virus will always remain in your body, but you can do all these things and more to prevent them and thus cure them from ever returning.
Cold Sores and Children
How do I know if my child has cold sores?
A child’s first infection may be so mild you may not be aware that he/she has contracted the herpes simplex virus. However, there’s no way to predict how severe any given outbreak may be. It may take up to three weeks after initial exposure to the herpes simplex virus for an outbreak to occur. Once your child has been exposed, an outbreak may include any of the following symptoms:
- Most outbreaks are preceded by a period called the prodrome. During the prodrome, your child may experience pain or tingling in the area where the blisters subsequently form. If caught at this stage, you can prevent a cold sore from appearing, but it can be hard to catch in this stage as your child may not be able to verbalize what they are feeling, so pay close attention to any frequent lip touching and administer appropriate creams right away.
- An outbreak is characterized by small, painful, fluid-filled blisters which usually occur around the mouth, but which can occur less frequently on the chin, in or around the nose, and elsewhere on the body. Cold sores usually don’t form inside the mouth.
- Blisters form, break, crust over, and then heal without leaving a scar. This can take up to 14 days without treatment.
- Some children may experience a low-grade fever.
How do I treat cold sores?
Once your child has contracted the virus that causes cold sores, you can’t make it go away. You can, however, treat the cold sores as they appear. After your child has had a cold sore, the virus lies dormant in his/her skin until it is reactivated, causing another sore. Some kids never get another cold sore. Others may have frequent outbreaks. To prevent outbreaks, ensure your child’s immune system is strong and you can manage this by ensuring your child eats healthy and gets plenty of exercise.
Most cold sores outbreaks last a week to ten days and are easily treated with topical antiviral creams such as idoxuridine or acyclovir (commonly known as Abreva or Zovirax at your local pharmacy). It may also help to have your child hold an ice cube on the area for about five minutes every half hour when they first experience the itching and tingling that signals an oncoming outbreak. Many parents also find that vitamin E oil can be soothing as well as Vaseline as this will keep they area moist and stop it from drying out.
Don’t let your child scratch or pick the affected area because that can cause an infection. Don’t use alcohol to dry the blisters as it may slow healing. Keep the area as moist as possible.
Should I call the doctor?
Always call the doctor if your child contracts the herpes simplex virus and has a compromised immune system from AIDS, cancer, or an organ transplant. Call the doctor immediately if the infection has spread to your child’s eyes or if the sores become infected. If the sores become infected, your doctor may need to prescribe antibiotics.
What you need to know about cold sores
- Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus.
- Cold sores are most often found around the mouth. They are not the same as canker sores which are not caused by a virus and are most often found inside the mouth.
- Cold sores are usually not serious unless the virus spreads to the eyes or other areas of the face.
- Treatment includes topical antiviral creams and antibiotics if the sores become infected.
- Cold sores are highly contagious and it is important to wash your hands after touching it as well as ensuing your child’s hand are washed after touching to reduce spreading to other areas of the face or body.
To date there is no know cure for the herpes simplex virus, which is the cause of coldsores in our systems. There are many treatments that can help you manage cold sores and these include creams that are available without a prescription, and these can be very helpful in providing relief of the pain and redness, but they will not help to cure the problem or eliminate the cause. In cases where outbreaks are frequent and severe, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication, either in topical or oral form, to keep the virus responsible for the outbreaks at a low level. Since it is caused by a virus, there is no medical cure that will eliminate the cause. Home remedies and other treatments can help to alleviate and minimize the symptoms, though, and this can help to make you feel and look better during an outbreak.
Minimize the look of your cold sore
There are many treatments that can help to minimize the look of a cold sore during an outbreak, including keeping the cold sore moist at all times, this will reduce redness and will stop the cold sore from drying out and cracking, causing the fluid inside to be released and reinfect the area. By keeping the cold sore moist, you will just have a small blister on your lip which is easy to conceal with the right hygenic products and lip gloss.
A cold sore treatment plan can involve methods to help minimize the pain and blisters, such as keeping stress levels low, staying fit and healthy, eating a nutritious diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, and drinking plenty of water and other fluids without alcohol or caffeine. All of these factors will minimize the level of the virus in your body, and this can prevent outbreaks. Over the counter pain medication and creams will help to eliminate the pain of the sores. High levels of stress cause your immune system to weaken, and this means your body can not fight the virus as effectively, so keeping your stress minimized will help you win the fight against cold sores. A proper diet and regular exercise will help to strengthen your immune system, so that you can fight off the virus better on your own and prevent coldsores from emerging. The virus will always remain in your body, but you can do all these things and more to prevent them and thus cure them from ever returning.
Cold Sores Explained
If you have ever had small red blisters around your mouth, a tingling sensation on your lips or ugly red scabs under your nose, then most likely you have had cold sores. Cold sores, also known as oral herpes or fever blisters, are very common and still not curable.
Cold sores appear as single or groups of small fluid-filled blisters in the face area, particularly on and around the lips. Occasionally, they may also appear on the nostrils, cheek, chin, and nose. The skin beneath and around them becomes red and swollen. The blisters will crack and discharge clear fluid, then will be covered by a yellow coating. A few days or a week later the coating will fall off and leave a pinkish skin which will heal sometimes leaving a scar. Like many other skin diseases, cold sores are very irritating. Most of them will cause pain, tingling, or numbness around the mouth. The pain can be mild or severe depending on how you are feeling, and the most painful part is felt when the blisters are breaking or splitting open on the lips.
Many people with cold sores experience a painful, tingling, burning or itching feeling in their face, occurring one or two days before the blisters appear. This is called the prodromal stage. The skin may become red and swelling during this stage as our body reacts to the viral infection. Fever, headache, nausea, dizziness, sore throat (which may lead to difficulty in swallowing) and swollen glands in our neck or other body parts can also occur. The severity of these symptoms can be varied, depending on our condition. The prodromal stage usually lasts a few hours, but it can last up to two days. So don’t be surprised if you experience these symptoms (hopefully not), and then wake up in the next morning to find cold sores on your face or nose area.
How long will they last?
The symptoms of cold sores usually take one week to appear after skin contact to the virus. In some cases, it can take up to 20 days. The duration of cold sores are usually 10 to 14 days, including the healing time. Although they are very contagious, they will heal by themselves as long as our immune system functions normally. This can take time though, with most cold sores lasting in excess of 10 days. Anyone who is sick or has a reduced immune system is more likely to experience difficulty in getting rid of them and more severe symptoms of cold sores.
In rare cases, cold sores can also occur inside the mouth. Cold sores inside the mouth must be differentiated from canker sores. This is very important, because those two diseases are very different. Most people have difficulty in differentiating them. First, cold sores generally appear in the face area. If they occur inside the mouth then usually you can find them on the mouth’s roof or gums, while canker sores only appear inside the mouth on the soft tissue such as inside of lips or oral mucosa. Canker sores are basically ulcerations that can be caused by trauma inside our mouth (usually from improper tooth brushing), acute stress, or allergies to food or particular bacteria in the mouth. Another important thing is that canker sores are not contagious. Both of these diseases are irritating, but cold sores are worse because they are noticeable and make us look unattractive. You definitely do not want any of them on your face.