Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Cold Sores, Oral Herpes, Fever Blisters

Cold sore treatment with over-the-counter salves and ointments is how most folks obtain cold sore relief.

Cold sore remedies purchased at the drug store, experts agree, are primarily comfort remedies. There has been no evidence that any of these oral herpes treatments, whether over-the-counter or prescription, will eliminate cold sores.

Your body, with NO help from cold sore remedies, will heal itself over 3 to 4 weeks. The benefit of most cold sore remedies is two-fold.

First, most good cold sore remedies will contain a numbing agent. This will help you deal with the pain of that cold sore outbreak on your facial nerve endings. In most cases, these cold sore remedies only offer cold sore relief on the surface, as the numbing agents do not penetrate very deep. Thus, although these help to some degree, you will still have pain if you touch or accidently bite your cold sore while chewing.

Secondly, your best cold sore medication will also contain at least an anti-bacterial ingredient. This is very important. If you get a secondary bacterial infection, which is quite common actually, the cold sore could last an additional week or two. Open sores, like cold sores, can easily be infected. If you cut your hand, notice how quickly it becomes infected. Even more so with a cold sore because they are wide open. Continual application of alcohol will clean and disinfect your cold sore.

God Bless

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