Come October you can find my son licking his dry lips and soon appears a cold sore. Before learning about herbs, I thought my only recourse was to get my son a tongue-ectomy. Thank goodness there's an alternative.
When licking his lips my son was providing the moist environment that Herpes Simplex I virus thrives on.
Other elements which aggravate Herpes Simplex I (better know as cold sores) are fever, colds, menstruation or flu; anything that weakens the body's immune system.
Some people report to me that doctors prescribe anti-biotics for cold sores. Anti-biotics are useless against viruses and cold sores are caused by a virus.
Being a virus, cold sores are very contagious, especially if the immune system of the person who is exposed to the virus is under par. Kissing can spread it. Using another's toothbrush and toothpaste or lipstick or lip balm can spread it.
It is also wise after the cold sore is gone for the sufferer to replace his toothbrush and toothpaste or her lip balm and lipstick to help avoid recontamination.
If you are plagued with the cold sores, you should wash your hands before you urinate because it can also be spread to the genitals. This should not be mistaken for the Herpes Simplex II virus which is a sexually transmitted disease. It is nevertheless just as painful.
The virus can live dormant in the body for years causing sporadic outbreaks.
If you see that a cold sore is developing sometimes ice at the first tingle may ward off a full fledge outbreak.
Many have taken 2000-3000 mg of L-Lysine cream and applied topically, or have ingested the amino acid L-Lysine reporting good results. However a pregnant woman should find an alternative treatment.
Many add about 3000 mg Vitamin C to help prevent the virus ever taking hold.
My favorite when working with either my son or others, is the Chinese combination VS-C. I have yet to have one person not thrilled with the results.
My son's lips are actually scarred from the horrendous cold sores that he has suffered from in the past.
Every October, I always put an order in for a large supply of VS-C . Then all I have to do is fight him to take it.
(Update on this article. After a few years, my son didn't have a cold sore for 6 years. He has gotten one recently after a bout of mono, so he retook the VS-C, this time willingly.)
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