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Cold Sores (Fever Blisters)

Cold sores are fluid-filled blisters that usually appear on the lips, though they can also develop on the gums, inner cheeks, roof of the mouth, or the area around the nostrils. In addition, the cold sore virus can spread by touch to the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose, and genitals-or to abrasions. Typically, cold sores (also called fever blisters) break and then form a scab, disappearing in a week to ten days. Cold sores are usually caused by Herpes Simplex type 1 virus (HSV- 1). This virus is different from the one responsible for genital herpes -herpes simplex type 2-which is generally transmitted through sexual contact. Because the cold sore virus lies dormant in nerve cells after the first outbreak, new sores are likely to recur as frequently as every few weeks or as infrequently as every few years.

  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • Acyclovir (Zovirax) is sometimes prescribed in capsule, liquid, or ointment form to treat cold sores.
  • If you suffer from allergies, it may be possible for you to have a compromised immune system and may develop cold sores.
  • Taking time out to relax and visually imagining the cold sores to being eliminated by white blood cells may actually lessen the intentness of cold sores.
  • There have been studies that indicate that the timeframe for cold sores can be reduced by one day if penciclovir (Denavir) cream is applied to the cold sore.

  • A low thyroid could cause cold sores.
  • Important to eat yogurt and other soured products along with raw vegetables.

Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Importance: Very High
Comments: Combats the virus that is the cause of cold sores. Caution: L-Lysine should be taken for a maximum of 6 months.

Importance: Very High
Comments: Combats herpes viruses.

Vitamin B complex
Importance: Very High
Comments: Promotes healing. Enhances immune system. High-stress formula is recommended.

Importance: Very High
Comments: Boosts immune system. Combats virus. Lozenge form is readily absorbed.

Importance: High
Comments: Stops pathogenic organisms.

Colloidal silver
Importance: High
Comments: Antiseptic. Antibiotic. Kills fungi, viruses, and bacteria. Aids in healing.

Importance: High
Comments: Antibiotic. Stimulates immune system.

Vitamin C
Importance: High
Comments: Combats viruses. Enhances immune system. Buffered form is recommended.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Alleviates stress.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Alleviates stress.

Essential fatty acids
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Promotes healing of the skin.

Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Lemon Balm
Type: Internal/External
Purposes: Hot water Lemon Balm extracts have anti-viral properties, due to rosmarinic acid and other polyphenolics properties. Lemon Balm tea can be taken internally or applied as a poultice directly to the sore. Lotion based extract has been used to treat skin lesions of herpes simplex.

Olive Leaf
Type: Internal/External
Purposes: Studies have shown that oleuropein from the Olive leaf extract may kill the herpes virus and contain the spread of the infection. It also stimulates the immune system response.

Echinacea, Goldenseal, Pau d' Arco, and Red Clover
Type: Internal
Purposes: These herbs all help minimize outbreaks and speed healing of cold sores. Echinacea boosts the immune system and is thought to help in preventing more outbreaks.
Cautions: Goldenseal is not to be used if you are pregnant. Goldenseal should not be taken for more than one week at a time. If you have the following conditions: history of heart disease, diabetes or glaucoma consult your physical before using the herb Goldenseal.