Sunday, April 30, 2006

Cold Sore Stages

Cold Sores, Fever Blisters, Oral Herpes

Let's look at the 8 distinct cold sore stages, and what you can do now to lessen the severity, discomfort and length of your cold sore event.

Cold sore stages 2-8 are the active stages and are very contagious for the herpes simplex virus during this time. Usually 3 to 4 weeks is the average life-span of a cold sore. Much depends on your health and choice of cold sore remedies for each of your cold sore stages.

COLD SORE STAGES: #1 - LATENT -

During this stage, the herpes simplex virus, whether type 1 or 2, is hiding and asleep in the nerve ganglia near the back of the jaw on the same side of your face as your cold sore usually appears.

The cold sore virus may "sleep" for weeks or years without incident. Your body's defense "soldiers" keep them in check. When there is stress in another part of your body, your defenses may drop at this location. Then the cold sore virus can escape and travel to the surface to reproduce - beginning the active cold sore stages.

We all have viruses living in our bodies. Flu virus, cold virus, and so on. There is just no escaping it as viruses, in general, are extremely contagious. Part of the reason is because viruses are so small that they can "float" through the air when you sneeze or cough. Yes, you can catch the herpes simplex virus this way - similar to catching a cold or the flu.

If you want to be a hermit, and never come in contact with another human being, you may reduce the number of viruses that you carry, but you will still contract some.

The body normally keeps them in check with our amazing built in defense system.

So, accepting the fact that you are infected with the herpes simplex virus, which 90% of the world population is, then the best situation is to keep the cold sore virus asleep. At least 30% of that 90% will never get a cold sore in their lifetime. These people don't know what a cold sore is and don't think that they are infected. They are infected but their body defenses are doing a great job of keeping the herpes simplex virus asleep.

The key, then, to curing your cold sores, is to keep the cold sore virus asleep for the rest of your life.
There is one way I know of that will do this. Read here about this cold sore cure - probably the best of the cold sore remedies.

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