Cold Sores

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TWO OF THE BEST LIP BALMS TO HELP PREVENT COLD SORES

  • Lysine Lip Therape with Monolaurin (£8): A natural, nourishing treatment for dry lips with two antiviral agents (l-lysine, an amino acid, and monolaurin, from coconut) to help prevent and treat cold sores, which are caused by the Herpes simplex virus.
  • Prevasore Everyday Lip Therapy (£6.95, prevasore.co.uk): A medicated product based on white, soft paraffin to keep lips hydrated and provide a barrier against the wintry environment that can reactivate a dormant cold sore virus. It also encourages faster healing if you do get one.

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Prevention & Treatment of Cold Sores

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Cold sores are a condition caused by the infection of the herpes simplex virus. Nearly all of us have this virus in our bodies and it normally remains dormant where it resides in the sensory nerve cells near the site of infection.

The best way to both prevent and treat a cold sore is to take L-Lysine, take one tablet twice daily on an empty stomach. Numerous studies indicate that lysine supplementation can help to speed the recovery from, and prevent recurrences of cold sores. Lysine itself has anti-viral properties but additionally it blocks the uptake of arginine, an amino acid that promotes viral growth. Read More…