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General Cold Sore / Fever Blister Information
A cold sore, or fever blister, begins as a tender, small bump that later turns into a painful blister. Cold sores are very contagious, very common and usually appear on the mouth and/or lips. Studies show that herpes simplex virus 1, the virus responsible for cold sores, is found in 30 to 60 percent of children by the age of 10. Once contracted, the virus remains hidden in the body in a dormant state until it is triggered to reactivate and cause a cold sore. The virus can be passed any time during an outbreak - from the first tingle until the affected area is completely healed. Adjacent lymph nodes may also become swollen.

From beginning to end, cold sores follow a typical cycle usually lasting from eight to 10 days, but some can last up to two weeks. People who suffer from cold sores know that even one day with a cold sore can be very disruptive. And while there is no cure for the infection, there is a way to control it. Early treatment ensures best results. Below are the typical stages of a cold sore:

  • Days 1 - 2: The Tingle Stage Before any visible symptoms appear, there may be a tingle, itch and/or burning sensation at the site. The infection is contagious even at this stage, so avoid close physical contact. Using a topical treatment at this early stage can help reduce the infection from entering healthy skin cells.
  • Days 2 - 4: The Blister Stage The blister appears as a group of small painful lumps that multiply and/or become enlarged. White blood cells travel to the blister and help fight the infection. The cold sore fills with vesicle fluid (pus) and contains millions of virus particles.
  • Day 4: The Ulcer Stage During the ulcer stage, typically the most painful, a shallow, cold sore develops. A red ring of inflammation around the affected area may also appear.
  • Days 5 - 8: The Scabbing Stage As a cold sore dries out, a golden-brown crust appears and forms a scab. As the scab shrinks, painful cracks may develop that can bleed. Severe itching and/or burning is also common.
  • Days 8 - 10: The Healing Stage As the cold sore heals and the scab starts to come off, some dry flaking and residual swelling may result. The skin may also remain slightly pink or red. Cold sores typically heal within eight to 10 days, but in some cases may last up to two weeks.
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    Possible Causes of Cold Sore / Fever Blister
    Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1). While cold sores are caused by a virus, canker sores are caused by bacteria. Additionally, cold sores occur on the outside of the mouth around the lip area, while canker sores occur inside the mouth. Cold sores may be triggered by a fever; infection; cold; excess exposure to the sun and wind; stress; menstruation; hormones and decreased immunity. Cold sores are extremely contagious.

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    Possible Symptoms of Cold Sore / Fever Blister
    Symptoms of a cold sore outbreak include mouth soreness that interferes with eating, drinking, talking and sleeping; fever; sore throat; swollen lymph nodes and drooling in children. It is not known what causes cold sores to recur, but typical triggers include stress, fatigue, exposure to sunlight, food allergies, other infections, trauma to the mouth, dental treatment and pregnancy.

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    Possible Lifestyle Changes for Cold Sore / Fever Blister
    Cold sores are extremely contagious, so close physical contact with others should be avoided. Try to avoid touching the cold sore. Wash hands thoroughly after applying medication. Examine what may be triggering cold sore outbreaks and avoid those triggers. Consume a healthy diet and get plenty of rest. Follow a regular exercise routine. Avoid trauma to the mouth by wearing mouth protection when playing contact sports and informing the dentist if cold sores are a problem. Learn to manage stress effectively by practicing relaxation techniques (yoga, meditation or relaxation therapy). Make time for sleep, rest and relaxation every day. Protect the face and mouth from cold weather and wind. Use lip moisturizers and sunscreen to keep the skin moist. Limit sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. by wearing a hat whenever possible. Drink plenty of water to hydrate the skin. Avoid contact with people who have cold and flu symptoms. Wash hands frequently to stop the spread of germs.

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    In accordance with FDA regulation, we do not make any therapeutic claims for any Dietary Supplements in accordance with the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act.

    Beneficial Dietary Supplements
    L-Lysine fights the virus that causes cold sores.

    Vitamin B Complex is important for healing and immune function.

    Zinc Lozenges stimulate the immune system.

    Acidophilus inhibits pathogenic organisms.

    Colloidal Silver is a natural antiseptic and antibiotic.

    Garlic acts as a natural antibiotic and immunity enhancer.

    Vitamin C fights the virus and boosts immune function.

    Calcium and Magnesium work together to fight stress.

    Essential Fatty Acids aids the skin in healing.

    Echinacea, Goldenseal, Pau d’Arco and Red Clover is effective in treating cold sores.

    Lemon Balm minimizes herpes outbreaks.

    Olive Leaf Extract is a good natural antibiotic for viral infections.

    REFERENCES: Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 3rd Edition, Phyllis Balch, CNC; James F. Balch, M.D.




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