Cold sores are painful blisters which become ulcers, most commonly on the lips or around the mouth and nostrils. They are caused by the Herpes Simplex virus, and once infected you have the virus for life. This virus enters the body and crawls down a nerve to live in the nerve root. Years late it crawls back down the same nerve and erupts at the end. That’s why if affects the lips – because it is most commonly caught from being by someone who has a cold sore on their lips. That’s why if you have a cold sore you should not kiss anyone until it has gone.
Cold sores are often signal preceded by the nerve tingling as the virus crawls down it, and anti-viral creams applied at this time can prevent an outbreak.
Nutritional Supplements that could help. (Refer to the individual supplement for cautions in use.)
|Supplement/Herb||What it does||Dosage|
|L-Lysine||Interferes with the replication of the herpes virus.||1to5gm daily when acute, 500 to 1000mg daily as a preventive|
|Multivitamin and mineral||To help boost the immune system and correct any nutritional deficiencies.||as directed|
|Vitamin C with bioflavanoids||Boosts the immune system and helps heal mucous membranes.||1gm to 10gm when acute – 1gm daily as a preventive|
|Vitamin E||Powerful anti-oxidant and free radical scavenger.||500iu to 1000iu internally, apply twice daily to reduce pain and scarring|
|Echinacea||Enhances immune function by increasing the production of white blood cells and stimulating activation of white blood cells. It appears that echinacea is most effective taken at the onset of an infection. In long-term use many herbalists suggest that a 1-2 week break be taken every 8 weeks or so.||500mg 3 times daily|
|Goldenseal||Potent anti-microbial and antibiotic actions.||500mg 3 times daily|
A good remedy is to either use a peeled and cut clove of garlic or the juice from a leek applied directly to the cold sore.
Diet and Lifestyle Factors
Cold sores are often caused by stress so make sure that you eat plenty of meat, poultry, wheatgerm brewers yeast, leafy green vegetables, wholegrain cereal and bread to get a good supply of B vitamins.
Herpes Simplex is very reliant on the amino acid L Arginine for it’s development, whereas the amino acid L Lysine inhibits it’s growth. Eat foods with a high L Lysine content such as live yoghurt, poultry, fish and brewers yeast. Avoid supplements which contain L Arginine.
Homoeopathic Remedies which may help. (Refer to the individual remedy for guidance on the one that is most appropriate for you.)
- Apis Mel
- Arsen Alb
- Hepar Sulph
- Merc Sol
- Nat Mur
- Rhus Tox
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