Cold Sores: How Do I Stop Cold Sore Attacks?

by Denny Bodoh

Posted on Friday 26th of August 2011

If you hate cold sores as much as I do, read this brief article. You will discover how and why these unwelcome sores occur and some excellent ways to care for them - and stop these attacks totally.

Cold sores plague millions of humans throughout the world. The cause of these lesions is the herpes simplex virus, type 1 or type 2. Nine out of ten people are infected with the herpes virus.

It is very comforting to know that there are numerous methods for curing and preventing cold sores. Below we talk about both prescription solutions and treatments from nature.

Cold sores are blisters that commonly appear around the mouth or nose, as these are common sites of initial infection. They are exceedingly contagious through direct contact with a sore or polluted saliva.

The first indications of an approaching sore you will experience are an itching, burning or tingling, and then soon small painful red bumps will pop up.

They generally show up when your antibody defense mechanism is compromised through sickness or stressful situations. If you can keep your immune system performance high, then you can greatly lower the odds of these outbreaks taking place.

The majority of folks who suffer these sores would greatly benefit from taking a top-shelf vitamin supplement every day. Specifically look for therapeutic levels of vitamins C, B and A in addition to at least 750 milligrams of calcium.

Another powerful natural cold sore cure is lysine, an amino acid. This is a simple protein present in many foods and available as a supplement in capsule form. Lysine reduces severity by deactivating the herpes virus.

If you get numerous cold sores, you follow the example of other users and take a couple capsules daily to discourage new virus activity. If you do not get outbreaks too often, begin lysine when you first feel the symptoms.

Zinc is the healing mineral that will help you recover from and curtail outbreaks. Zinc is sold in tablet or capsule form. Zinc is the leading mineral for boosting and keeping a serious invulnerability to viruses like herpes.

Quite a few sufferers make a topical remedy by mixing crushed zinc tablets and water. You will get more pleasing results by utilizing the type of zinc found in zinc lozenges for colds. This kind will absorb fast.

Acyclovir ointment is a commonly used remedy you can get from a pharmacy. For good payoff, it must be applied at least five times each day for five successive days.

A similar FDA supported cream providing pharmaceutical anti-viral qualities is Penciclovir. You must apply it for four consecutive days, every two hours while you are up. It may help the first several times you use it, or until the herpes virus grows resistant to it. These anti-viral creams function by defending surrounding cells from being invaded by the herpes virus.

These virus inhibiting salves and creams are time-consuming to work with and cost more than I feel they are worth. For swifter and more positive results, natural cold sore remedies still appear to be your best solution.

A number of sufferers use oral doctor prescribed tablets containing valacyclovir or famciclovir as a cold sore treatment. These anti-viral drugs are dispatched to the sore through your bloodstream.

Besides the expense and bother of obtaining a doctor's prescription, these chemicals can be difficult for the kidneys or liver. Keep in mind too, as with many pharmaceuticals, the virus will evolve to become immune to them.

Numerous additional remedies accessible over the counter at a drug store often are ointments with numbing agents. These will help lessen discomfort by desensitizing the nerves exposed by the sore. Examine the content statement for lidocaine or benzocaine.

Cold sores are quite hassle in your life. They are especially annoying because they occur at the most bothersome times. There are a few over-the-counter remedies available made up of naturally therapeutic products. These, also, give a measure of relief.

The secret to superior results with any cold sore treatment plan is to commence as fast as you can. That means start your treatments as quickly as you feel any discomfort at the target site.

You will need to experiment with various remedies and ways to keep from getting outbreaks in order to develop a plan that gives you superior results. It is quite simple. You will come to realize that a few cures perform better for you than others.

If you are getting habitual sores, or they are particularly severe, contact a doctor locally. They can examine more closely your own needs and viral activation factors.

Finally, you should stay on the lookout for new methods of treating cold sores. You would be wise to visit reliable, established sites that are completely focused on providing you useful facts, news and a lot of solid cold sore remedies.

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