Friday, May 19, 2006

Stage 7 of Cold Sores - The Healing Process

Cold sores (oral herpes, fever blisters), once scabbed over, begin healing from the inside out.

As the healing of your cold sores takes place, new skin form
under the crust.

This will cause continued itching, irritation and will still be painful
to the touch.

The herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores is now back in hibernation
in the nerve ganglia. Your cold sores anti-bodies have defeated them
for the time being.

Your lymph glands that were swollen during the open stage
of your cold sores are nearly back to normal now. Your temperature
should be back to normal, or close to it. Quite likely you will still want
to take your headache and fever pills.

Applying ice during the healing stage of your oral herpes is not
recommended. It may feel good, but it drives blood away from the
area which slows healing. Applying warmth at this point will bring
more blood to the area of your cold sores, and should help speed healing.

What I did when I used to get cold sores - soak a mint tea bag and
warm up in the microwave. Then apply the warm tea bag to your
cold sore. The mint will drive away any remaining cold sore virus. This was always one of my favorite cold sore remedies.

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