There is no real cure for a cold sore, a viral infection known as herpes simplex. The same is true for the common cold and flu for that matter. All we can do is read the facts and make the best effort at making ourselves comfortable and reasonably well.
Cold Sore FactsApproximately 40 million people are effected by cold sores each year. Cold sores generally appear around the mouth and on the lips.
Factors That Can Activate Cold Sores or Fever BlistersMany factors can bring on a break-out, basically, a cold sore is the result of a compromised immune system.
- Infections (i.e. colds)
- Over exposure to sunlight
- Refined sugars
- Hormonal changes
Cold Sore Symptoms and Stages
- Tingling discomfort or itching
- Redness and swelling
- Eruption of lesion
- Oozing of lesion
- Lesion dries and forms a thin yellowish scab
Cold Sore Treatments
- Vitamin C
- L-Lysine supplements
- Topical creams (lip balms, aloe vera gel)