Cold Sores

“If you are not ready to alter your way of life, you cannot begin to heal.” – Hippocrates (460-377 B.C). You will find here information, articles and books addressing the positive holistic approach to Cold Sores.

Cold Sores

Cold Sores Are a Painful Nuisance

Cold sores are painful, red, swollen blisters that appear on the lips or near the mouth. Cold sores are caused by a virus, and can be unsightly and difficult to heal. Although they typically only last a few days, to the cold sore sufferer, they seem to be there for an eternity. Because the cold sore virus is never completely eliminated from the body, cold sores tend to reappear and can be a frequent nuisance to some unfortunate carriers of this virus.

Carriers of the herpes simplex 1 virus that causes cold sores are most likely to spread the virus when they have a current cold sore blister, although the virus can be spread at any time. The cold sore virus is spread through close contact, such as kissing, sharing a cup, or through skin contact.

Stress is often said to exacerbate the cold sore virus and cause an outbreak. Other conditions that weaken the immune system, such as the common cold, may also cause new cold sore blisters to appear. They may also appear for no apparent reason. The frequency of the outbreak of cold sore blisters can vary greatly from person to person. Some carriers of the herpes simplex virus suffer from cold sore blisters several times each month, while others only have blisters appear once or twice a year.

At times, a slight tingling or burning sensation will accompany a cold sore, or even appear before the blister itself. The swollen, red blisters can be quite painful after they appear, particularly when an outbreak is severe, consisting of more than one blister.

Cold sores are also sometimes referred to as fever blisters, due to their tendency to appear when a person is sick or has a fever. For some people, exposure to sunlight can cause an outbreak of cold sore blisters. Using sunscreen on the lips can help to prevent cold sores from appearing as a result of sun exposure.

These painful red blisters usually scab when they start to heal, but can take up to two weeks to completely disappear. In some cases, a small scar may be left. Not only are these blisters painful, but they also look unsightly. The appearance of these large red blisters can make a cold sore sufferer very self-conscious, especially given their tendency to appear right before an important event, such as a wedding or holiday party.

Frequent sufferers of cold sores will try anything to prevent the appearance of these painful blisters, and would love to find a way to prevent future outbreaks altogether. Traditional medicine has developed a few topical ointments that claim to shorten the life of a cold sore, but no method has been proven to prevent their appearance or be highly effective in shortening the life span of a sore.

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