Cold sores are a manifestation of the herpes simplex virus. Once you have had primary herpes (a cold sore), the virus is with you for life. The virus lives in the ganglion of the nerve that is similar to the trunk of a tree. When the conditions are right, the virus travels down the nerve to the site where the cold sore appears. There are over 100 different herpes viruses that cause the cold sores that appear on the lips and other parts of the face.
What causes cold sores to appear?
Records show that usually between 24 to 48 hours before the cold sore appears, there was a stressful event or a stomach upset in the individual’s life. The stress event could have lasted for less than 10 seconds (someone scares you by almost hitting your car), or it could have lasted for hours or days. The stress can be physical (not enough sleep, a poor diet, chronic pain) as well as mental (a major work project due, a death in the family).
The first onset sign of a cold sore is a tingling or itching sensation at the site. This is called the aura. It will appear 30 minutes to 3 hours before the actual cold sore appears. The area will then get red, swollen, blistered, painful and unsightly. If left alone, a cold sore will usually last from 10 days to two weeks.
How can you shorten this healing time?
Most over the counter ointments keep the area lubricated, which keeps the sore from cracking open. They do very little to actually stop or heal the sore. Many home remedies can stop and heal cold sores. Following are some remedies that work:• Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids:When the first tingle of a cold sore is felt, take 1,000 mg. Of Vitamin with Bioflavonoids, 3 times a day for 3 days. Note: Vitamin C by itself will not work. It must include bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids are part of the Vitamin C complex and can be found in the peels of citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit.
What about too much Vitamin C? Vitamin C is water-soluble and your body will throw off any it doesn’t need. If you reach an overload of Vitamin C, your bowels will get loose and you will get diarrhea. If this happens cut back on your dosage. Your urine may turn very yellow. This is a result of waste products and toxins being cleaned out of your system. Vitamin C is one of the major anti-oxidants. This remedy has been found to work in 70% of the cases I’ve treated over the last 18 years. (See Products – for Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids)
When the first tingle of a cold sore is felt, take one L-Lysine capsule twice a day for 5 days.If this remedy works for you, you may need to take L-Lysine as a daily supplement. On a daily basis,one capsule a day is usually adequate but you might need to take it twice a day if you continue to get herpes outbreaks. (See Products - for L-Lysine)
What is L-Lysine?
It is an amino acid, which are the naturally occurring building blocks of all proteins.• Ionized Calcium Pearls:Take 6 to 10 pearls in the mouth and let them dissolve.These pearls are very small – about the size of a grain of sugar.