7 Cold Sore Home Remedies

7 Cold Sore Home Remedies

by Intercept CS, June 23, 2015

Cold sores have been around for a long time, and many sources claim to know the answer for quick and easy at home treatment. From certain foods, herbs, supplements and chemicals, there’s a lot of information about non-medical treatment options – but how many of them actually work? We’ve compiled a list of some of the known remedies that may ease or shorten a cold sore outbreak. 1. L-Lysine While the effectiveness of L-Lysine for cold sores has been debated, it has shown that consistently taking L-Lysine has a good chance of reducing the frequency of cold sores. L-lysine can also be applied as a cream or ointment directly on … Continue reading

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How to Protect Your Lips

How to Protect Your Lips

by Intercept CS, June 11, 2015

One of the main causes of a cold sore can be cracked or dry lips. When lips are dry, they can easy split, especially around the corners of your mouth. This is a perfect opportunity for a cold sore to appear, so keeping your lips in the best possible shape can help reduce the frequency of outbreaks. Let’s get started! 1. Cleansers Cleansers can dry your lips out, especially those with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Apply Vaseline on your lips before using facial cleansers. 2. Almond Oil Almond oil is an excellent moisturizer for lips, as it contains vitamins A & E, as well as being hypoallergenic. 3. Humidifier … Continue reading

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Cold Sores & Eczema | The Hidden Danger

Cold Sores & Eczema | The Hidden Danger

by Intercept CS, May 26, 2015

If you suffer from eczema, you know that there’s a long list of things or environments that can make it worse. One particular trigger that can make eczema even worse, or even deadly, is the cold sore virus. Eczema Herpeticum If a person with a rash of flared up eczema comes into direct contact with a cold sore, it can lead to a potentially very serious condition known as Eczema Herpeticum. Eczema Herpectium occurs when damaged skin comes is infected with the HSV-1 virus. This only happens through skin-to-skin contact. It can also happen through direct contact with HSV-2. Contact with a cold sore on a distressed part of the … Continue reading

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L-Lysine Cold Sore Home Remedy Case Study

L-Lysine Cold Sore Home Remedy Case Study

by Intercept CS, May 12, 2015

While it’s know that L-Lysine has been used as a home remedy for cold sores, little is known about just how effective it is. During a randomized, double-blind study using 7 participants, 6 showed that could be effective at decreasing the frequency of cold sores. However, only 2 participants showed that L-lysine was able to decrease the severity of an outbreak. Initial Studies The first study into the effectiveness of L-lysine supplements was performed in 1978 during randomized screening tests. During the test, patients would receive 11 tablets of 500mg L-lysine tablets, to be taken on the onset of an outbreak, and at the beginning and end of each day … Continue reading

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Your Liver & Cold Sores

Your Liver & Cold Sores

by Intercept CS, April 29, 2015

Most people wouldn’t associate cold sore outbreaks with liver health. But the way your liver operates could point to why you’re having constant, recurring outbreaks of cold sores. Healthy living is a critical step in eliminating outbreaks before they happen. The immune system is one of the main reasons the virus either stays dormant or creates an outbreak, and the liver can be a powerful contributor to the well-being of this primary defense. A healthy diet that properly supports the liver is extremely important to maintaining a strong immune system. Even better, a healthy diet mixed with regular exercise will boost both liver and other important internal functions that support … Continue reading

What Causes Cold Sores?

What Causes Cold Sores?

by Intercept CS, April 14, 2015

What Are Cold Sore Causes? Essentially, cold sores are a strain of the herpes simplex virus, HSV-1. Surprisingly, estimates are that over 80% of the population in North America carries the herpes virus, though inactive. Many factors determine if the virus will remain dormant in a person or if it will be active. Where Do Cold Sores Come From? The herpes simplex virus usually enters the body through a break or opening in the skin around or inside the mouth. The virus is spread when a person comes in contact with a cold sore or infected fluid, such as saliva or physical contact. Sometimes parents can spread cold sores to … Continue reading

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Managing Your Emotions with Cold Sores

Managing Your Emotions with Cold Sores

by Intercept CS, April 10, 2015

Sometimes, we like to think “That will never happen to me.” One of those things is probably cold sores. After a night of drinking, hanging with friends, meeting someone new, or even out of the blue, we suddenly find ourselves dealing with an issue we never even thought of before. You think to yourself “Why Me?”. Sometimes it can seem like you are the only one dealing with a cold sore. The truth is quite different, however, as over 70% of the population carries the cold sore virus. Not everyone can show it though, as different people’s immune systems or living habits can impact how often a cold sore appears. … Continue reading

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