Say Good-Bye to Your Cold Sores!

Did you know that approximately 1 in 5 Canadians are affected by cold sores each year?! Usually we become infected as children and often this virus lies dormant in our central nervous system until a certain trigger causes it to ‘wake-up’ and cold sores result. So basically, once the virus enters the body you have it for life.

Remember, you are not alone! Cold sores are very common and they are rather contagious. They are caused by herpes simplex1 virus and can appear as a single blister or as a cluster, often recurring in the same location. Although they commonly appear on the lips, cold sores can also occur on and around your nose, chin or cheeks. The virus can be passed from person to person or from one area of your body to another by skin-on-skin contact or by sharing cups, utensils, towels and food items even when a blister is not present.

It often takes between 8 to 10 days for a cold sore to heal but there are several natural tips you can follow to help speed this healing process and to decrease your symptoms. However, if you have frequent outbreaks (more than 2-3 per year) or find your symptoms particularly distressing Homeopathy Can Help You Heal!

There are several fantastic remedies for the acute treatment of cold sores but undergoing constitutional treatment by a professional homeopath is always best. This is because once you are brought back in to a balanced state of health by your individualized and unique constitutional remedy, you not only address other physical and/or mental-emotional symptoms that may be contributing to ill health but your immune system will benefit as well.

In the meantime here are some simple home remedies that can help you in the meant time.

Take L-lyssine (supplement) between meals as directed on the bottle to inhibit the spread of cold sores, to ward them off at their first sign (= tingling sensation felt at the site of eruption), and speed the healing process.

Try the Homeopathic ‘lip balm’ EARPACE by Boiron. It helps to minimize cold sore scarring and relieves the itch and pain associated with cold sores. This is a natural non suppressive topical treatment that is free of toxins and dyes etc.

Boost your immune system by ensuring you are getting enough Vitamin C especially in the winter months. Vitamin C will will help decrease the duration of cold sores but will also ward of cold and flu viruses.

Besides supplementing with L-lyssine you can eat foods high in this amino acid such as legumes, fish, chicken, eggs, meat (preferably grass fed and organic), potatoes and brewer’s yeast.

Eat foods that help with tissue repair such as cold-water fish.

Avoid foods high in L-arganine (another amino acid) such as chocolate, seeds, almonds, peanuts, gelatin, raisins and some cereals as they can stimulate the replication of the herpes virus.

Replace your toothbrush regularly and only use small tubes of toothpaste.

Apply petroleum jelly, witch hazel or ice to the affected area for some relief as apposed to other suppressive medications.

Andrea Hauser, Homeopath