Sometimes--usually at the exact wrong time--you start to feel that tingle that tells you a cold sore is coming on. While you may not be able to prevent it from forming, here are few cold sore remedy tips that may help.
Cold sore remedy:
To keep cold sores at bay, or to hasten the healing process, try the following:
To avoid re-infection:
When in doubt about the procedures used in eliminating cold sores, contact a physician. HSV-1 can be dangerous. HSV-1 that gets into the eyes can lead to blindness and there is some indication that a cold sore sufferer may have a compromised thyroid. HSV-1 also can be transmitted to newborn babies and cause a potentially dangerous disease called neonatal herpes.
Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1), commonly known as a "cold sore" or a "fever blister," is an unsightly sore that appears on the edges of the mouth or on the lips (occasionally on the inside of the nose or inside of the mouth, rarely "around the mouth area," such as the chin or near the eyes). Though scientists have not yet discovered a means of eliminating cold sores completely, after much research and experimentation, several methods of healing the infection more quickly or keeping the virus dormant have surfaced.
How contagious is a cold sore?
Cold sores, like many viruses, are highly contagious. The infection is easily spread by skin-to-skin contact, as well as on personal items such as towels, combs, eating utensils and drinking glasses or basically anything the infected person has touched. Therefore, it is imperative that cold sore sufferers understand the importance of hand washing, not sharing personal items and avoiding kissing during an outbreak.
Recurrent outbreaks of HSV-1 can be linked to certain issues going on in the body, especially stress. Overexposure to the sun also plays a big part in recurrent outbreaks, as does menstruation, skin trauma (bumping your lip or a paper cut), fever, and dry or chapped lips. Always wear a protective lip balm, and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. Additionally, any time the body's immune system is weakened, such as with the simple cold, the virus can rear its ugly head. Hence the name "cold" sore.
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