You'll be keen to find effective cold sore remedies if you are one of the unfortunate folks whose lives are blighted by the regular eruption of 'fever blisters'. Perhaps you can tell when a cold sore is on its way: you recognize the familiar tingle, you notice what seems just a small, maybe slightly hard, spot, usually on the edge of your lip. In a day or so you see what seems like a little blister or two on your lip or maybe the corner of your mouth!
Cold sore after 2 days development
'Fever blisters', as they are sometimes called, often appear on the outside of the lip or mouth (they rarely occur inside the mouth) and as like as not they will always seem to make their presence felt just when you could least do with them!
Indeed the very stress leading up to the occurrence of a public date, a special occasion or an interview can contribute to the essential requirements that allow the virus that causes cold sores to do their worst. Which is why it is useful to have some knowledge of cold sore remedies up your sleeve!
Cold Sores – Highly Contagious
Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (type 1). This is a very contagious virus and can easily be spread by contact - maybe through kissing, but also more subtly if you should have touched the viral blisters when they are weeping and then touch someone else who may then go on to touch their own lips. You could even spread an outbreak to another part of your own body if your personal hygiene is not absolutely scrupulous.
In fact anything your weeping cold sores have come into contact with can leave infectious viral contagion behind. So you should be sure to avoid sharing any personal items like towels, toothbrushes or razors whilst suffering an outbreak. Otherwise you'll soon not be the only one seeking cold sore remedies
Cold sores have a gestation period (the time they take to develop) of about 2 days then when they have erupted as blisters they may last another 7 to 10 days. But this is deceptive because infection may have occurred up to 3 weeks prior to an outbreak. The blisters can look unpleasant, and make you self-conscious, especially when they begin to dry and crack. But generally the crust will have come away leaving unblemished skin within less than 2 weeks.
No Such Thing As A Cold Sore Cure!
Whilst there may be some helpful cold sore remedies for reducing the aggravation of this condition, the bad news is that once you have the herpes simplex virus you are stuck with it! For this is one of those 'incurable' viral infections, and once acquired, it will be with you throughout life.
The positive thing is that you can take certain actions to reduce the chance of a flare up - indeed some people claim they have discovered a cold sore treatment that is very effective. So much so that they have used simple natural cold sore remedies that have resulted in them experiencing no further outbreaks - even though the virus may still be in their system.
You are most likely to be seeking cold sore remedies when your immune system is impaired. So, whenever you suffer a cold or fever, you are at greatest risk of developing a 'cold sore', hence the name.
However other challenges to your biological system - including exposure to sunlight, for example - can also bring out a nasty sore. This is why you will often get a cold sore developing just when you've started your holiday and been out for your first days 'serious' sunbathing.
Other times when the system is experiencing a minor trauma, such as during menstruation for women, can also prove a vulnerable period that can soon have you reaching for the cold sore medication.
Some More Unpleasant Information...
Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex type 1 (as opposed to herpes simplex type 2, which causes genital herpes and is also known to be contagious and incurable). Confusingly, perhaps, both types of herpes virus can cause sores on the lips OR the genitals IF personal hygiene is poor (and it is evidently quite easy to thoughtlessly touch one part and/or the other of your body without a thorough hand wash in between!)
Although cold sores from 'tingle' to 'crumble' last only around 2 weeks you can remain contagious even after it seemsall clear. This means you need to be responsible in terms of your own behaviour, and also make sure that no-one else you care about is exposed to the virus unnecessarily.
It is particularly important that you should not expose anyone whose immune system is impaired to the virus through your actions. For instance, for someone who has recently undergone major surgery involving immunosuppressant drugs, or anyone with AIDS, an infection from herpes virus could lead to very serious complications.
The herpes virus can also affect the eye and if you or someone who becomes infected in the eye (maybe they used YOUR towel?!) they might even lose their sight (herpes virus infection of the eye leads to many cases of blindness every year! Few people realize that these little sores can become that serious).
How To Reduce The Need For Cold Sore Remedies:
By now you'll be aware that you need to avoid spreading your cold sore infection around - so here are some commonsense things you can do:
(1) Protect others: