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Cold Sores - We can erradicate this problem

Updated on May 3, 2012

Cold Sore Facts

So what are Cold Sores?

Medical professionals classify them as one of the forms of the herpies virus - "Oral Herpies, the visible symptoms of which are colloquially called cold sores or fever blisters, infects the face and mouth. Oral herpes is the most common form of infection".

This means - The cold sore virus is never completely eliminated by the body's defenses. For this reason, cold sores often return during periods of stress.

So what do we know about Cold Sores?

The Herpes viruses cycle between periods of active disease—presenting as blisters containing infectious virus particles—that last 2–21 days, followed by a remission period.

So what does this mean - Cold sores are small, painful, fluid-filled blisters or sores that appear on the lips, mouth or nose. The sores can be painful and usually last a few days to a couple of weeks.

So how do people get Cold Sores?

Herpies is most easily transmitted by direct contact with a lesion or the body fluid of an infected individual. Infection occurs when the virus comes into contact with oral mucosa or abraded skin

This means - If someone who has the tingling feeling of an oncoming cold sore or has a cold sore then that person is infectious. (all the way up until the coldsore is completely healed and there is no longer any trace of it). This means they can pass it to anyone who hasn't got the virus.

So if someone who is infectious comes around and kisses your baby on the lips (or anywhere as it can be spread to other areas) then your baby has between a 98% - 99% chance of getting the virus. Sadly the virus is normally given to babies and little children by unthinking, unknowing or uncareing adults.

What's the History of cold sores?

Herpes has been known for at least 2,000 years.

42 BC – AD 37 - It is said that Emperor Tiberius banned kissing in Rome for a time due to so many people having cold sores.

In the 16th century - Romeo and Juliet, it is mentioned that there are blisters "o'er ladies' lips."

In 18th century - it was so common among prostitutes that it was called "a vocational disease of women."

Is there a cure?

Sadly a cure for herpes has not yet been developed. Once infected, the virus remains in the body for life.

So how do we get rid of this virus for good?

In fact it is quite easy and can be eradicated from our population in less than 200 years. All people need to do is not kiss anyone anywhere if they have the tingling feeling or have or are getting over a cold sore. It truly is as simple as making sure people are aware of how it is transferred and for those people who have the virus to be aware of when they are infectious. sounds very simple doesn't it.

Also please teach your children not to share cosmetics, straws, water bottles, razors and other personal items as these items may also carry the virus from an infected person to a non infected person.

Please remember to wash your hands after touching your sore as you can spread the virus from your infected hand to another person or to food etc.

Lastly throw away your toothbrush after you have had a cold sore as your toothbrush will hold the infection upon it. This makes a good argument for everyone to have there own toothbrush container doesn't it. Do not wipe the toothpaste onto your toothbrush as this will infect the toothpaste. In fact it is best to have your own toothpaste.

I personally don't have this virus but one of my friends children got it because their uncle did not know this information. It truly is awful to watch a little one having to grow up with this virus and that is why I wrote this. If I can save a child from this virus then I have done something really worthwhile.

There are many things you can use to help heal or lessen the effects of a cold sore including aromatherapy oils. If people wish me to add this information let me know and I will be glad to do so.

What treatments are there

This part of my hub has taken longer to write as I wanted to ask what worked best for people.

Abreva ~ Comes in both a tube and a pump and most people say it helps to lessen the time and effects of cold sores especially if used as soon as one gets that tingly feeling.

Zovirax ~ Comes in a cream and again most people say it lessens the time and effects of cold sores.

Compeed cold sore patch ~ If your working and wish to hide your cold-sore this is a great way to do it as you an wear lipstick over your patch. The patches do have some medication upon them though it seams that it doesn't really lessen the time of your outbreak that much with most people saying the outbreak still lasts 5-7 days.

Natural Treatments

Ice ~ Putting a piece of ice into a piece of glad-wrap can lessen the pain, itchiness and bring down the swelling. It won't lessen the time of the cold-sore but it can make it feel better for a time. don't forget to throw your glad-wrap and ice away carefully.

Apple cider vinegar ... or ... Tea tree oil ... or ... Vitamin E oil ~ If you want you can try applying any one of these as soon as you feel the tingling feeling as there are people who swear by them.

Licorice ~ Chew on a licorice strap as it can stop the outbreak from occurring. You need to make sure the licorice your eating is actually made from real licorice. If the ingredients says "licorice mass" then it is or contains real licorice.

Lysine tablets ~ or you can eat foods high in lysine like milk, cheese, fish and chicken.


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    • Lyn.Stewart profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      Thanks for stopping by kashmir it is always nice to get feedback.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Lyn,great informative hub that will provide everyone who has or gets cold sores the much need information they need,great job .

      Vote up and more !!!

    • Lyn.Stewart profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      I have added some remedies that people have told me help a lot so I hope this helps.

      Let me know if you have something that works well for you that I missed.

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      9 years ago

      You can erradicate herpies virus by seeing a homopath. My homopath can do this and does erridicate them on a regular basis.

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      9 years ago

      hi i need home remedies please post.

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      Kelley Marks 

      10 years ago from Sacramento, California

      I get cold sores from time to time. Fortunately, they don't look half as bad as many of those shown in your photos. Many of them resemble cankers? Yikes! Later!

    • Lyn.Stewart profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      Thank you for stopping by and for your comments sky2day. I will add some info on what we have found to work best and hopefully others will add some information on what products they have found work the best.

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      10 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Yuck pictures. Great information. I do not get cold sores, Thank You Lord! I am so grateful, some of the pictures look like these people have been smoking meth or the likes. Not to be rude, I truly feel for them. I have a daughter that when stressed may be prone to one. I can tell her I have seen much much worse. JK NOT!!

      She uses an over the counter cold sore medication that costs around $30 and it heals that baby up in a couple of days. There is a new medication out I heard of on a TV commercial it sounded very promising. With so with growth in medical technology I would hope and pray that some above may get hold of the new topical medication. We always have something we can be grateful for hey?? I am so grateful I am not prone to virus. I pray it stays that way, I will believe so.

      This was an odd read to pick for my first one. I tend to do things like that. ( - ;

      I think you could add a couple of medications the pharmacists recommend that work the best. That would give the reader hope and inspiration!! Find out the cost too. FYI. In Friendship. Sending a hug your way.

      I have joined your club and wish you the best at the hubs of love. You are a woman with many different reads. This is good. I liked your profile, your humility and honesty. Keep practicing your writing, it will keep getting better. Good Job,Lyn !! Cheers to you.

    • Lyn.Stewart profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      Thank you for adding that information Esmeowl12, I know there is a lot that wasn't covered in my hub that perhaps could have been.

      If anyone else wishes to share any remedies they have found helpful in lessening the length or effects of cold sores please feel free to do so

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      Cindy A Johnson 

      10 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      There are many things that cause these disgusting blisters, including excessive sun exposure. I have found that dabbing cold sore medication to the "itchy" spot often keeps fever blisters at bay. There are also prescription medications that can shorten the duration of a cold sore. Thanks for an informative hub.

    • Lyn.Stewart profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      lmao - oh dear I'm sorry but as I was reading your comment I couldn't help but laugh out loudly. I must admitt that I put myself off eatting as well after writing this. I really want to save as many people as I possably can from getting this virus by letting them know how it is spread. Thank you for the laugh and the feedback marcoujor ... it's always a pleasure

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      Maria Jordan 

      10 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Lyn~~ You don't know how grateful I am because I really need to shed a few of these "winter weight" pounds... and your HUBS are really helping~~ but seriously, Voted UP & USEFUL and I do hope many are educated on this subject~~ thank you!

    • Lyn.Stewart profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      Sorry this is another of those loose your appetite hubs but I do hope it helps to stop the spread of this virus.


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