Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and once you have had an initial outbreak the virus then remains permanently in the body. It moves into the nervous system, and lies dormant at the top ends of the nerves until triggered by a cold or other viral infection, a fever, exposure to the sun or wind, stress, menstruation, alcohol and nicotine, a weakened immune system, or high levels of the amino acid arginine in the diet. The first sign of an outbreak is generally a prickling or tingling sensation around the affected area, and once a blister develops it can then become very painful, sore, red and swollen, with a hard scab. An outbreak tends to last for more or less than ten days, depending on the severity.
DIET - the amino acid arginine can contribute to outbreaks of the cold-sore virus so reduce your intake of the following arginine-rich foods - chocolate, peanuts, nuts, seeds, raisins and cereal grains. During an outbreak it may be best to avoid them entirely.
On the other hand the amino acid L-Lysine actually inhibits the absorption of arginine and can suppress the virus. Foods rich in lysine are most vegetables that are high in antioxidants, eggs, chicken and fish.
Zinc is also important to aid healing - foods rich in zinc which do not contain arginine are shellfish
As most people who suffer with cold sores will know they tend to occur when a person is stressed or run-down and so taking steps to avoid this through relaxation are important. The information at Immune support should also help you to reduce outbreaks.
Colloidal Silver - this is a suspension of the element silver in water and comes in an easy-to-use spray bottle. Spray the area three times a day or as needed - see Colloidal Minerals. For more information on Colloidal Silver read 'The Colloidal Silver Report' - see Books.
Homeopathy - if you are under stress and suffer with cold sores try taking the remedy Rhus tox 30c - see Homeopathy.
Take one dose three to four times a day for up to three days and see if there has been any improvement. If there has continue with the remedy, if not change the remedy. For severe symptoms take every half an hour or every one to two hours as required.
NB. It is important to touch the pills as little as possible, ideally tipping one into the lid and then directly into the mouth letting it dissolve under the tongue if possible and also to avoid eating and drinking at the same time as taking the remedy.
The stronger the symptoms the stronger the potency required, so if you are unsure, if any of these remedies are not working, or you feel you need a higher potency contact a professional homeopath.
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NB. This information is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are unsure as to the suitability of any of the products or recommendations with regard to your condition please consult your doctor. If your doctor does not approve of complementary medicine it may be helpful to find one who does.