Cold Sores – Getting Rid Of Cold Sores


As soon as one appears then straight away getting rid of a cold sore becomes a priority. But the difficulty is that getting rid of them is easier said than done, especially if you want to get rid of your cold sore quickly for say an important interview or a social event. As we look at ways to get rid of oursI think we should first look at what it is and then from there we can have a look to see what we can do to get rid of them.

A cold sore is unfortunately part of the Herpes family, in fact more often than not it is herpes simplex 1. Now this is not to say it has been caught through sexual activity, in fact a relatively high amount of sufferers are under the age of 10. The bad news about catching this condition (and it is very easily caught as it is highly contagious when a sufferer has an outbreak) is that once you have caught the virus it is with you for life.

You will already probably be aware that symptoms of a cold sore starting is a tingling, burning or itching sensation on or just above the lip, which then turns into a blister. So that is the symptoms and the bad news out of the way, is there any good news? Well actually yes there is. You see although you may not be able to get rid of the virus, there are steps you can take to bring it under control to help you minimize the amount of outbreaks you suffer from.

6 Tips To Help You Control Cold Sores:

  • Look after your immune system. Do this by making sure you get plenty of rest and also try supplementing your diet with vitamin C.
  • Watch what you eat. Try and avoid processed meat and foods and definitely try and eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
  • Avoid arginine, this is an amino acid that suppresses lysine. Some examples of foods that contain this are nuts, dairy products, meat, seeds, oats, peanuts and corn.
  • Beware of things like caffeine, cola and high content sugar products as these can all contribute to outbreaks.
  • This one is more for those around you, but please be really considerate if you have an outbreak. Remember this is a highly contagious infection so be careful not to share eating utensils, toothbrushes and no kissing until it’s gone.
  • Finally, try to stay out of the sun and wind. I know this is pretty impossible as you need to venture out of the house at some stage, but if you can limit the exposure you will be doing yourself a favour as these weather conditions can aggravate a cold sore.

Source by Brad Burns

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