Get Rid of Cold Sores Naturally

by Karen Brooks on October 1, 2010

Cold Sores

Cold sores known as herpes simplex is a latent or reoccurring viral infection which is usually caused by herpes simplex HSV type 1.

This type of infection is characterised by ugly and clearly visible signs that look like blisters around the mouth and less commonly around the nostrils and is the most common form of herpes.

An estimated 70% of the population are carriers of the herpes simplex HSV type 1 virus, however only around 30% of people will experience cold sores. Once you have the herpes simplex virus HSV type 1, it stays with you for life. When the visible signs disappear, the virus lays inactive in your nerves and can reappear at any given time.

Cold sores cycle between short periods of active infection, which present as blisters. The active period usually lasts between a few days to a few weeks. After this period the host or infected person will experience a period of inactivity or remission. During this period, the virus seems to be complete gone and show no visible signs,.

The exact causes of re-activation are not completely certain, however some definite triggers have been observed. Over a period of time reactivation periods become less severe and less frequent.

The herpes simplex virus is easily transmitted from person to person. This can happen by direct contact with a cold sore or from the bodily fluid of an infected person. Skin-to-skin contact is also an easy way for the virus to be transmitted.

A cure has so far not been discovered, since the virus stays with an individual for life, but in saying that a solution to reduce periods of activation with those ugly and unsightly blisters on the face has!

Cold sore treatments available from the pharmacy can reduce the active period of the viral infection and also lessen the severity of outbreaks. What I don’t like about these treatments and all treatments from drug stores is that they are exactly that…drugs! Anything you put on the skin will enter your blood stream, therefore I don’t like to put anything on my skin that I wouldn’t put in my mouth. Not to mention that these drugs are only designed to treat symptoms and won’t do anything to prevent future outbreaks

Clinical trials are underway for a vaccine, but an effect vaccine seems a long way away.

Cullen Adams is a passionate natural health advocate and author. For more free information and links to products relating to natural cold sore remedies visit Get Rid of Cold Sores

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