Article contributed by Author John Moore, Researcher
Effectively treating a cold sore isn't really a big mystery.
You can feel it coming on!
Those that are prone to cold sores have gone through this routine often enough to know this is the first warning symptom.
First it gets red, then that itchy tingly area puffs out into a big, painful, weepy sore.
What can you do about it?
Treating cold sores starts at the very first sign of tingling, sensation, pain or irritation. Begin applying medication immediately to help prevent the sore from
If you can catch it early, it is possible to prevent the blisters, or at least reduce the severity and duration of the episode. Be sure to keep the cold sore area clean and dry especially since sores usually recur in the same place.
Triggers of cold sore outbreaks vary significantly from person to person.
The trigger(s) that causes cold sores to appear for one person may not be the same for another. It's important to figure out your likeliest cold sore triggers so you can avoid them, or at least manage symptoms more quickly and effectively when they occur.
Your toothbrush can hold the herpes virus for days, reinfecting you after the present sore heals. Get rid of your toothbrush as soon as a cold sore starts, and after your cold sore has gone, replace your toothbrush again.
Disinfect your toothbrush after each use and stored your toothbrush in a clean, dry place.
Toothpaste can transmit disease too, so if you use smaller tubes, you'll avoid the risk of perpetuating activating the virus.
There are numerous products that claim to heal cold sores. In general, they contain some emollient to reduce cracking and soften scabs, and a numbing agent like phenol or camphor. Phenol may have some antiviral properties, and it's possible that it could kill the virus.
Several studies have shown that a water-based zinc solution applied the minute you feel that tingling, will help with treating cold sores and speed the healing time.
The zinc crosslinks with the DNA molecule of the herpes virus and prevent the double helix from splitting, this means the virus can't get the DNA to help it replicate. Zinc gluconate, available at health food stores, is kinder to the skin than zinc sulphate.
Cover your cold sore with petroleum jelly. Be sure not to dip back into the jelly with the same finger you used to touch your sore. Use a cotton Q-Tip instead.
A relatively newcomer to the cold sore treatment arena is LED light therapy. These devices emit medically optimized infrared LED light wavelengths that work to kill the virus where it originates below the surface of the skin.
John Moore also authors a website where he shares information about treating cold sores at acne-information-guide.com.