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Cold Sores / Herpes Relief

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both virus types can cause sores around the mouth (herpes labialis) and on the genitals (genital herpes).

The herpes simplex virus is ubiquitous in nature (it’s literally everywhere, dotting ‘washed’ coffee cups at a café and door knobs at public buildings.) It is relentless and has a real survival instinct. It usually enters the body through a break in the skin around or inside the mouth. It is usually spread when a person touches a cold sore or touches infected fluid-such as from sharing eating utensils or razors, kissing an infected person, or touching that person's saliva. A parent who has a cold sore often spreads the infection to his or her child in this way. Cold sores can also be spread to other areas of the body.

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Cold Sores / Herpes Info

“This guy is like the herpes of music.  You think he's gone but then he comes back.”

Billie Joe Armstrong on Psy (Park Jae-sang from Gangnam style)

Yes they really are a nuisance. Cold sores. Those nasty little lesions on the lip and surrounds.

The important thing with cold sores is to catch them early on in their development and never (EVER) scratch them whilst they are developing – scratching will only exacerbate the sore.

Cold sores are also referred to as ‘fever blisters,’ groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth. The skin around the blisters is often red, swollen, and sore. The blisters may break open, leak a clear fluid, and then scab over after a few days. In really bad cases, when they haven’t been addressed adequately, they can take up to 2 weeks to heal properly.

What causes cold sores?

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both virus types can cause sores around the mouth (herpes labialis) and on the genitals (genital herpes).

The herpes simplex virus is ubiquitous in nature (it’s literally everywhere, dotting ‘washed’ coffee cups at a café and door knobs at public buildings.) It is relentless and has a real survival instinct. It usually enters the body through a break in the skin around or inside the mouth. It is usually spread when a person touches a cold sore or touches infected fluid-such as from sharing eating utensils or razors, kissing an infected person, or touching that person's saliva. A parent who has a cold sore often spreads the infection to his or her child in this way. Cold sores can also be spread to other areas of the body.

The first symptoms of cold sores may include pain around the mouth and on your lips, a fever, a sore throat, or swollen glands in your neck or other parts of the body. Small children sometimes drool before cold sores appear. After the blisters appear, the cold sores usually break open, leak a clear fluid, and then crust over and disappear after several days to 2 weeks. For some people, cold sores can be very painful.

Many people have the virus but don't get cold sores. They have no symptoms.

The herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores cannot be cured. After you get infected, the virus stays in your body for the rest of your life. But there are things you can do reduce the frequency and severity of cold sores.

Lysine is a health product (a naturally occurring amino acid) that has been known to help confer a more robust immune response for herpes simplex (see below.) Zinc also confers a benefit due to its antioxidant properties and its role in enzymes that support proper immune functioning.

Vitamin C, is a potent antioxidant and has natural antiviral properties. In addition to supporting the immune system and potentially helping prevent outbreaks, vitamin C may provide relief from the nerve pain that often accompanies many viral infections. 

Vitamin A and its precursor, beta-carotene, are potent antioxidants. In addition, vitamin A and beta-carotene may have some unique properties relevant in context of HSV infections: beta-carotene can help protect the skin from sunlight damage, which is a known trigger of HSV-1 outbreaks 

Vitamin D may be a potent immunomodulator, vitamin D deficiency is associated with impaired immune function and increased susceptibility to infections  

The herpes simplex virus requires large amounts of the amino acid arginine to replicate properly. Lysine has a similar structure to arginine and antagonises these pro-replication effects, making it harder for the virus to replicate - diets rich in lysine and low in arginine have been shown to help suppress Herpes replication.

Propolis is a mixture of several compounds (found in bee hives) that  include flavonoids and polyphenols, many of which have anti-Herpes activity. Lactoferrin has natural antimicrobial properties and is able to help protect the body from bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and viral infections. Curcumin is thought to help the body combat many infections, including those caused by viruses, and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities. Licorice may have antiviral activity against several viruses, including many herpes viruses.

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    this is quick to dissolve and tastes good if you dilute it enough.

    pip

    22/11/17

  • Powerful and great value

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    Consistently the best Lysine around - puts a stop to cold sores. The size of the tablets is an issue for some, but despite size, I find them a lot more digestable than capsules.

    Vincent

    31/10/17

  • Another great Kiwiherb product

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    Love this product, had enfluenza last year and have basically been sick ever since. This is a great immune support product which I have benefited from. Use the kids one too for my 2 year old, highly recommend.

    LEANNA

    26/10/17

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