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Ninety percent of all of the people on planet earth get at least one cold sore in their life. Some people are prone to them, and others may never even feel the symptoms. They are a virus infection that derives from Herpes simplex viruses HSV, which is also known as herpes.
Cold sores are also known as fever blisters. Cold sores are highly contagious and can easily be carried person to person.
The World Health Organization released a study that estimates two-thirds of people in the world (67%) have the HSV-1 strain of the herpes simplex virus, that is approximately 3.7 billion people worldwide and It’s also possible to have the herpes virus and never have an outbreak in your life.
There are two types of herpes viruses. There is HSV type 1 and HSV type 2. Cold sores are the cause of HSV type 1 herpes. HSV1 and HSV2 share roughly 50% of their DNA and 85% of their genetic material, and under a microscope, they look identical, but they both act a little bit different in the body. HSV1 causes oral herpes, like cold sores and these, are generally located around the mouth area, lips and even sometimes the nose. HSV2 is located in the genital area, but does have the ability to spread and located on other parts of the body, but is usual contains below the waist.
A cold sore outbreak can be triggered by stress, fevers, Tiredness, Exposure to the sun for long periods of time, menstruation or if the carrier has a weakened immune system.
It is important to know that, if you have a cold sore, always wash your hands after treating or touching your cold sore because the virus can quickly spread from your hands to a door handle, keyboard, phone etc, and can spread onto someone else. When you can a cold sore, it’s important to try and contain it as much as possible.
3 natural remedies for cold sores
According to Pizzorno in his” Natural Medicine Handbook” the herpes simplex virus requires amino acid arginine to multiply within the body and it can prevent replication. So foods low in lysine (an α-amino acid) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lysine can be effective when treating the herpes virus and can treat cold sores. A diet that contains, organic, preservative free, fresh fruits, vegetables and meats are recommended as they contain low amounts of lysine. Foods to avoid, due to containing high amounts of lysine are peanuts and the majority of nuts, chocolate and seeds like sunflower seeds. Then the obvious foods to avoid are alcohol, sugar and anything with caffeine like tea, coffee and energy drinks. lysine can also be purchased in a cream form and applied directly to the area where the old sore is located.
Lip Balms can be effective on cold sores if they have medicinal properties, i.e contain anything that may fight off the virus. Lip balm that contains lemon balm can help prevent and fight the virus. When you are stressed or are suffering from a low immune system, taking lip balm (with more than 1% of lemon balm) could help prevent a cold sore breakout. It can help rebuild the immune system and strengthen the nervous system which is very similar as to how CBD (cannabidiol) works.
CBD oil (cannabidiol) CBD oil is derived from the cannabis plant and it has shown that it has medicinal benefits when it comes to treating the herpes simplex virus. The evidence is pointing to CBD oil as an effective treatment for the herpes virus and cold sores. As an anti-inflammatory, the cannabinoids have been recognized in dozens of researches and studies around the world and all of them are recognizing the ability that it has to battle the likes of HSV and also as an antiviral treatment. “Cannabis can be used an antiviral medicne to the same extent as pharmaceutical drugs.”