A Holistic Approach To Health
Living With Cold Sores
I had a question the other day about cold sores.
Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, are groups of small blisters on your lip and around your mouth.
The skin around the blisters is often red, swollen, and sore.
The blisters may break open, leak a clear fluid, and then scab over.
Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus.
The herpes simplex virus usually enters your body through a break in your skin around or inside your mouth.
It’s usually spread when you touch a cold sore or the infected fluid of someone with a cold sore, like when you share eating utensils or razors, kiss an infected person, or touch that person’s saliva.
A parent who has a cold sore often spreads the infection to his or her child this way.
Cold sores can also be spread to other areas of your body.
The first symptoms of cold sores may be pain around your mouth and on your lips, fever, sore throat, or swollen glands in your neck.
Little kids sometimes drool before a cold sore appears.
After the blisters appear, the cold sores usually break open, leak a clear fluid, and then crust over and disappear after several days to 2 weeks.
For some people, cold sores are very painful.
Some people have the virus but don’t get cold sores and have no symptoms.
Cold sores usually start to heal on their own within a few days.
There’s no cure for the herpes simplex virus.
After you’re infected, the virus stays in your body for the rest of your life.
If you get cold sores often, treatment can reduce the number of cold sores you get and how severe they are.
After you’ve been infected with the virus, there is no sure way to prevent more cold sores.
There are some things you can do to keep from getting the herpes simplex virus, and there are some things you can do to reduce your number of outbreaks and prevent spreading the virus if you already have the virus.
To deal with cold sores it’s beneficial to:
*Avoid coming into contact with infected body fluids, such as kissing an infected person.
*Avoid sharing eating utensils, drinking cups, towels, razors, toothbrushes, or other items that a person with a cold sore may have used.
*Avoid the things that trigger your cold sores, such as stress and colds or the flu.
*Always use lip balm and sunscreen on your face (too much sunlight can cause cold sores to flare).
*When you have a cold sore, make sure to wash your hands often, and try not to touch your sore.
*Explore methods of boosting your immune system (skin brushing, Epsom salt baths, massage, exercise, etc.).
*Investigate “hidden” allergies, which often trigger or aggravate the condition.
*Review Candida protocol http://bit.ly/1d2LLmc.
*Consider a liver and/or colon cleanse.
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies daily.
*Increase your raw food consumption.
*Choose organic whenever possible.
*Increase essential fats (Omega-3, Flax oil, fish oil).
*Decrease or eliminate toxic dental care products, like whiteners, mouthwash, etc.
*Decrease or eliminate sugars, hard or sticky candy, etc.
*Decrease or eliminate acid-forming foods and drinks (coffee, soda pop, dairy, red meat, sugar, processed foods, white flour products).
*Decrease exposure to toxic products (cleaners, laundry, personal care, etc.)