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Cold Sore Relief Thru Balancing Herbs
Different Locations; Same Viral Family - Most everyone has had a fever blister at some time in their lives but a lot of people don't know that it is the Herpes Simplex Virus, Type 1 (HSV-1), which causes cold Sores and fever blisters. HSV-1 is not the same as a related strain, HSV-2, which causes outbreaks of genital herpes, although both are strains of the same virus family.
Conventional medicine, at the point of awareness it is now, states that once you have contracted an HSV strain, whether HSV-1 or HSV-2, it's with you forever. A holistic practitioner doesn't usually hold that same view. In our view, the body can effectively eradicate any virus if the right anti-viral applications are made and the immune system is strong. Even so, any information on natural herpes remedies here does not replace the need for medical evaluation and whatever medical treatment you might deem necessary when addressing herpes outbreaks in your own life.
The life span of a cold sore - The first visible, outward sign of an oncoming herpes outbreak is a small bubble of a lesion that turns into a blister over the course of about 24 hours.
However, before the blister and even the bubble happen, there is a period called "prodome". Usually, though there are no outward signs, a person feels a sort of tingling, itching sensation at the site before the cold sore erupts. It is during this prodome period that the herpes outbreak can be most easily thwarted.
By simply noticing the tingling sensation or itching during prodome, which is your sign that a herpes outbreak is coming, and applying either natural or prescription medicines at that time, can often ward off a full-blown herpes outbreak and having to endure the 8 stages of oral herpes. Once a lesion actually forms, it usually has to run it's course so the best thing is to learn how to head it off at the pass. The normal period from blister outbreak to healing is typically somewhere between 6 and 10 days.
Are there any natural deterrents for the herpes virus? Yes. Among the natural remedies that may provide relief from herpes outbreak, the best well-known is the amino acid Lysine. Lysine is a specific for prevention of the cold sore virus, because Lysine has a specific effect on Arginine.
Since Arginine levels are a proven trigger for herpes outbreaks, the use of lysine works as a sort of deception. The herpes virus thinks it's hooking up with arginine but in fact, it's being tricked.
Health Disclaimer: The information on this website is educational in nature and never intended to replace any needed medical testing, evaluation or treatment.
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