This article will cover what cold sores are, where they come from, what the symptoms are, and how long they last for. Cold sores aren’t pretty and once they appear you may just want to stay home until the cold sore disappears entirely. But don’t worry, cold sores are very common. In fact roughly 50 percent to 80 percent of adults in the United States suffer from cold sores.
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Cold sores–not to be mistaken for canker sores–are a result of oral herpes (a viral infection that is also known as the herpes simplex virus 1–HSV-1). Herpes can be passed on from person to person generally from skin to skin contact. When the person is infected, they will forever be a carrier of the herpes virus. This doesn’t mean that you will constantly have cold sores though, so don’t worry. The herpes virus lay dormant in the body for different periods of time. People who are infected might never know that they even carry the virus because they may never show signs or symptoms.
Some things can trigger the virus (which will be discussed later) but once the virus is triggered it works it’s way up to the surface of the skin. Once it reaches near the surface, through nerve cells, the carrier will feel a tingling, itchy sensation that causes annoyance but it generally is not painful. This is the number one sign of the infection beginning to outbreak. At this point, you should start treatment as soon as possible to try and prevent it from worsening.
Once it reaches the skin it starts to form clustered, fluid-filled blisters (also known as fever blisters) that resemble closely to pimples. Surrounding the blisters the affected area becomes inflamed and red in colour. Affected areas are generally around the mouth, lips, nose and can sometimes spread onto other parts of the body.
How long do cold sores last?
Your first outbreak of cold sores is always the worst because your immune system is used to fighting back. During your first outbreak, cold sores healing time can last up to two weeks without treatment. After your first outbreak cold sores can last anywhere from 7 to 10 days. If the cold sore passes 10 days, you should consult your doctor.
When treating cold sores, it’s important to know that there is no cure for cold sores. However you can use treatments to ease the symptoms like reduce burning, redness, inflammation, pain and itching. Also, before treating your cold sore, wash your hands. The last thing you want is to spread the virus to other parts of your face or even other parts of your body.
There are many home remedies for treating cold sores. Aloe vera contains antioxidants, enzymes, hormones that can help treat the symptoms of cold sores. Since sunlight and change in the weather can lead to cold sores, you can add aloe vera to your favourite sunscreen to prevent a cold sore from triggering.
Lemon balm is also a common substance in treating cold sores. A German study suggests that lemon balm can help prevent cold sores. Lemon balm has natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which can help reduce redness and inflammation around the infected area.
CBD Oil and the herpes virus have been tested and research for over 3 decades Through studies, cannabinoids from the cannabis plant such as cannabidiol have medicinal benefits such as anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory properties and can be used as antiviral medication. All of which can help ease the symptoms caused by cold sores. It can be used as a topical treatment.
Just remember that so many people carry oral herpes and so many people suffer from cold sores so it’s nothing to worry about. You’re not alone. When you do have a cold sore try to avoid skin on skin contact and if you have a sexual partner try not to engage in kissing, intercourse and/or oral sex because the virus will spread. You should also not share drinks or lip balms, particularly when you are an outbreak. Read up on the guide linked at the top of the article if you wish to seek more information on treating your cold sores. Consult your doctor if you wish to try CBD oil as a cold sore treatment, and read over your laws and regulations regarding cannabis to avoid engaging in illegal activity.