An estimated 85 million Americans have acquired the herpes
simplex (cold sore) virus. And the majority had received the
virus before the age of 3.
Not such a big surprise when you realize how many loving
Uncles, Aunts and nephew just can't resist that cute little
Kissy Kissy baby. Which is exactly how the Herpes
Simplex virus is passed along. That innocent little hug and
kiss is all it takes to inject a lifetime of the Herpes Simplex
Generally a cold sore will run from 5 to 15 days in its various
stages. They will range from a tiny split to an enormous
sized seeping scab.
If the virus has gained strong immunities against your
antibodies then you will be prone to repeated outbreaks.
Unlike the sexually transmitted Herpes virus there is little to
worry about with the Herpes Simplex virus other than an
occasional lip sore that can grow to the size of a watermelon
and cause every living being to stare at you like you have a
12 inch nose growing out the side of your face.
So the first question to pop into your mind might be, "is
there a cure"? No. The herpes simplex virus is very
versatile and can adapt to just about anything you can throw
at it. It will adapt and become stronger with each form of
Which brings us to question two. "Is there any particular
remedy that has proven to stop or control cold sore outbreaks".
Accepting the fact that what was just said in the proceeding
paragraph the answer would be yes and no.
Because most immune changes of the virus are minor it
leaves it open to possible treatments by various antibiotics
and many natural remedies which can temporarily halt an
outbreak. However, again the virus will quickly adapt to
many of these treatments making them useless on the next
So, yes some treatments will work on most outbreaks but
there will definitely be a stage of herpes simplex virus
immune syndrome that will eventually make most all present
day treatments ineffective. Simply meaning the more you
try to treat the outbreaks with various medications the
sooner you will reach the stage where no treatment will help.
You must also keep in mind that your present overall health
conditions and other variables may temporarily slow or stop
a remedy from working. So it may not always be the virus
but your present health condition that blocks any remedy
from working. So, what is your solution for cold sore outbreaks?
If you have the simple small split type sore just let it run the course. Your body will develop antibodies to overpower the virus outbreak which will help keep new outbreaks from
happening so repeatedly.
However if you have the major Mt Saint Helen's size
outbreak then you can try the various medications and
treatments in hopes that you will hit the right one.
A rule of thumb would be not to use remedies that you have
recently used in the past simply because of the likelihood
that the virus has already become immune to it.
For a list of medications and home remedies see:
About the author: Dan Adams is the founder of BnB
Associates, Inc. His company has offered natural
oxygenated skin and health remedies since 1996.