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What is a Cold Sore?

What is a Cold Sore?

We’ve explored how to avoid cold sores, what triggers them and how you can live cold-sore free. We decided it was time to return to the fundamentals, and explain the basics of cold sores, what causes them and where they come from. Cold sores, otherwise known as fever blisters, are groups of small blisters that reside around the mouth and lips. The skin around the blisters is often red and sore, and after several days, will break and scab over. A cold sore outbreak can last up to 2 weeks. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There’s two types of HSV: HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both virus … Continue reading

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Cold Sores & Your Eyes

Cold Sores & Your Eyes

Over our various blog articles, we have discussed how cold sores affect parts of the body other than the lips. While the HSV-1 and HSV-2 virus strains are the most common, there’s also the Herpes Zoster or HZV, Cytomegalovirus or CMV, and others. How Can Cold Sores Affect My Eyes? HSV-1 is the most common strain to affect the eyes, which is also the strain that causes cold sores. Herpes Zoster, the same strain that causes chickenpox in children and shingles for adults, can also affect the eyes. The cornea of the eye is the most susceptible part of the eye to infection. When the cornea of the eye becomes … Continue reading

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How to Make a Cold Sore Heal Faster

How to Make a Cold Sore Heal Faster

Cold sore are ruthless in during outbreaks; painful, long-lasting and unsightly, anyone who suffers from recurring cold sore outbreaks knows the struggle. Often we look for ways to shorten the duration of a cold sore outbreak however we can – but figuring out what works and what doesn’t can be a hassle. We’ve compiled a list of natural, at-home remedies that you can use to make a cold sore heal faster today, so you can stop worrying about cold sores for good! The first tell-tail sign of a cold sore is the tingling. Once a spot on the lip starts tingling, a cold sore is not far behind. Once the … Continue reading

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Cold Sore Prevention Diet

Cold Sore Prevention Diet

There’s been many studies done on the link between diet and cold sore outbreaks. Much like other parts of the body, your diet can affect how your body functions and performs tasks. By giving your body the best possible food, rich in vitamins and minerals, you help your body fight off harmful cold sore outbreaks. Start with Quercetin The flavonoids that give plants, fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors also contain a vital cold sore combating mineral. Quercetin, one of the most ample flavonoids in nature, can be particularly effective at reducing cold sore outbreaks. Good food sources you should include in your diet that have Quercetin are: Capers Apples … Continue reading

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How to Protect Your Lips

How to Protect Your Lips

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

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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Your Liver & Cold Sores

Your Liver & Cold Sores

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

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What Causes Cold Sores?

What Causes Cold Sores?

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

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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What is Cold Sore Prevention?

What is Cold Sore Prevention?

The Closest We’ve Been to a Cold Sore Cure The situation is all too familiar – it’s a Friday night, you’re getting ready to call it a night, and you feel that familiar tingling on your lip. That’s when the panic sets in, that “Oh no, how am I going to avoid this?” racing through your mind. You could go to the local drug store and buy every product within site, you could put an ice patch on it, or you could take your chances and just go to bed. When you wake up, it’s happened. A large cold sore has appeared and is beginning its reign of terror. You … Continue reading

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