There are hundreds of cold sores treatment products on the market and it can be daunting to know which remedies work to treat them. Cold sores are incredibly common, in fact, according to the Herpes Viruses Association seven out of 10 people in the UK carry the virus, but only one in three show symptoms.
What is a cold sore?
Cold sores are a condition caused by the infection of the herpes simplex virus. As mentioned above, 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.
How can you prevent and treat cold sores?
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.
Do cold sore creams work?
Creams are very popular for cold sores treatment. Lemon Balm Cream is a soothing cold sores treatment cream. The tannins in lemon balm have potent anti-viral and anti-microbial properties whilst terpenes in lemon balm numb the painful tissue and provide soothing properties. Simply dab the cream at the first sign of any tingling and reapply every three or four hours making sure that you wash your hands thoroughly between applications.
Why is boosting your immune system important?
If you experience abnormally regular cold sores then this is often indicative of nutritional deficiencies or a weakened immune system. A stronger immune system is more effective at battling against the virus replicating and may help to put it back into a dormant state. To support the immune system, I would recommend the use of Daily Immunity, a comprehensive blend of nutrients, probiotics and herbs that all play a varying role in strengthening our immune system.