Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Zero Risk Simple Way To Treat Cold Sores

By Kent Heigemeir

over-the-counter (OTC) medications and creams, and home cold sore remedies. In this article, we will look at OTC medications as well as home remedies for cold sores available for our use. In case you do not know, cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. Even this virus has two types, Type 1 and Type 2.

The Herpes Simplex Type 1 virus is what actually causes the cold sores you keep getting--it can never be permanently killed or 'cured' per se because it remains in your nervous system forever. The only way to catch it is from someone else who has an active outbreak--someone you kissed or someone who's toothbrush, razor, towel etc. you used at some point while they had an active outbreak.

After you've been initially infected, you'll get your first active outbreak at some point, but keep in mind that this first outbreak when you first realize you've caught the virus may be months or years after you were initially infected so it can be impossible to figure out when, how, where, and from who you caught it. Stress is the basic trigger for an outbreak, stress on the body, and that can come in the form of excessive sunlight, cold dry weather, menstruation, sickness, or psychological stress such as work-related stress.

After you have a sore, the cold sore will blister. It will then break and ooze. You get a yellow greenish color crust that forms over where the cold sore was. The crust will come off naturally allowing a pinkish color spot to appear. The great thing about this is that the sore heals and will never leave a scar on your face.

A cold sore will normally go away on its own in approximately 7-10 days; a topical lotion such as lidocaine or Zilactin (benzoyl alcohol) will help relieve the severity of your symptoms to some degree (it varies from person to person and the only way to find out is to experiment).

There are over the counter ointments that are available for you to use to ease the discomfort you feel. You can take pain relievers to help, such as Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin. Be sure to ask a doctor before you start taking aspirin so that you do not get any side affects or sicknesses from the use of aspirin.

You can use heat and cold to help with relief. Apply the ice against the blister and see how it feels. If it makes it fee worse, try heat. If the heat doesn't help either, try a completely different method.

L-lysine (2 to 4 g) may be consumed daily under the advice of your doctor. These are some useful cold sore treatment methods. To learn more about how to cure your cold sores naturally with effective cold sore treatment and remedies, visit my blog.

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