Cold Sores 101: Breaking Down the Facts
If you’ve ever had a cold sore on your lip, then it’s likely you’ve received a lot of unsolicited advice and false facts from well-intentioned friends and family. Some will suggest home remedies for cold sore and others may suggest purchasing Blistex, Carmex, or Abreva from CVS or Walmart. The truth is, if you’ve never experienced cold sores on your lips or in your mouth or tongue, it’s impossible to offer accurate advice.
Let’s start at the beginning. What *are* cold sores?
We all know what cold sores look like. They’re red, fluid-filled blisters that form near the mouth or on other areas of the face. A common virus called herpes simplex causes cold sores. The blisters usually clump together in patches, and if left untreated may persist for 10 days, two weeks, or longer. Those who suffer from the physical discomfort of the blisters are often embarrassed, often resulting in curtailing social interaction and dating. No one wants to stop their life because of an outbreak. Quite the contrary, cold sore sufferers want to Live Life Free!
If you’ve been infected with the herpes simplex virus, especially type 1 (HSV-1), cold sore outbreaks may be common. The virus may remain dormant for a period of time, when it’s triggered, that’s when cold sores become visible. Knowing the triggers is the first step in cold sore prevention. Some of the triggers may include:
- Emotional, physical, or psychological stress
- Overconsumption of alcohol and drugs, particularly stress-causing stimulants (e.g., cocaine, amphetamines, etc.)
- Exertion and fatigue
- Hormonal changes like those during periods
- Skin injury or trauma
- Strong sunlight
- Changes in immunity as seen in HIV, diabetes, and chemotherapy
- Respiratory infections
To find yourself a victim of a cold sore outbreak means you’ll likely never forget some of the symptoms that you felt in the beginning. However, everyone and every outbreak are different. Just because you felt a tingling sensation and saw tiny blisters appear doesn’t mean you will every time. Some sufferers experience a fever or muscle aches. Some of the common first signs of a cold sore include the following:
- Tingling, burning, or itching sensation around the lips
- A painful small, hard spot around the lips
- Tiny, fluid-filled blisters on or around the lips
- Bursting of the blisters forming sores that ooze fluid
- Erupted blisters develop into crust
- Painful gums
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
Emotional Side Effects
The reality is, having cold sores can have a tremendous impact on your social life and emotional well-being. Whether your partner can see your outbreak or not, it’s easy to feel a sense of isolation. Living on edge unsure of when the next outbreak will occur often leads to:
- The embarrassment of the stigma associated with being susceptible to an outbreak
- An unwillingness to date or develop relationships
- Isolation as you heal from painful blisters or scabs
Many cold sore victims seek out over-the-counter (OTC) medications, such as Abreva, Blistex, Carmex, or campho phenique. Others will call their physicians and request an antiviral cream. Here’s the problem: OTC medications have NOT been proven effective at shortening the lifespan of the virus. In fact, even prescription-strength remedies take up to 14 days to eliminate the blisters. That’s the average lifespan of the outbreak WITHOUT any medication! Plus, not one of the products, whether over the counter or prescription is capable of PREVENTING an outbreak! Finally, there’s an effective all-natural solution, a way to prevent blisters before they appear: HX-2.
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- Absolutely no side effects
- Proven results and track record
- Won’t interfere with other medications
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