Friday, July 20, 2012

Cold Sore Outbreaks: What to do?

By Utley Skinendorf

Cold sores, which are mostly found around the lips and in the general mouth area, are caused by a virus of the name Herpes Simplex.

Even though the lips are most commonly affected by the virus, outbreaks can also spread to other body parts. This is possible because the herpes simplex virus is fairly contagious.

When it comes to herpes simplex infections, there are two viruses that cause them and the one that results in cold sores is Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). It is mostly known to affect the areas on the face such as the lips as well as the mouth, and at times it can even affect the eyes.

The sores that result from this virus can be quite painful, and at times they may be accompanied by fever, which makes it even more uncomfortable to have.

One thing to be aware of is that saliva can carry the virus. It is often stated that, even when one does not currently have a cold sore, the virus can be spread. In that case, would you never be able to safely kiss again?

Also keep in mind that a strong immune system will always help you in the fight against cold sores, so take good care of it.

This is important, because you might have noticed that cold sore outbreaks often occur when you are particularly stressed or off-balance. This is also a time when the immune system is especially weak.

Of course, there are quite a few treatment options for you to choose from. The choice is yours, but I highly recommend seeing a doctor, if you feel the pain or the intensity of the outbreaks is too much.

With that being said, if the outbreaks are rare and you feel okay about them, you might not even want to do anything, but just let them heal naturally - although this always takes much longer.

There are other treatment options for you to use, from home remedies to over the counter medications, it all depends on what you want to use.

Over-the-counter medications normally just provide comfort - do not expect them to improve the actual healing process. Free home remedies are a great choice. They have been proven over many years to work as well as or better than prescription treatments. And the best part is that they are often already in your kitchen and bath.

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