“The most effective way is to take an oral antiherpes drug, such as Acyclovir, Famvir, or Valtrex, within the first 24 to 48 hours of symptoms,” says Kathleen Welsh, M.D., a dermatologist in San Francisco. Although many think of herpes as a skin infection, it is actually an inflammation of the sensory nerves. So, when you say people are obnoxious to think that cold sores are “yuck” like genital Herpes, the truth is that neither one should be treated as “yuck” by you or the others. Ask her how often she gets them. In rare cases, a cold sore can form inside your mouth, on your nose, or on your chin. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus and don’t pop up unless something triggers them — usually stress or overexposure to the sun. Dairy products, fish, eggs, and turkey are among the foods with high lysine concentrations.
However, if you continue to get frequent outbreaks, then you may consider having your doctor write you a prescription for an anti-viral such as Valtrex or Acyclovir. If you’re afraid of this so much that you break up, you’re going to have to wait a long time to find a woman who doesn’t have any problems at all. Once you’ve gotten a cold sore at least once, the virus stays in your skin and can crop up again throughout the years. Sometimes stress or menstruation can trigger outbreaks. Cold sores often clear up on their own though, unless you have a weakened immune system. Herbal approaches to treatment include disinfecting the sores, and helping the immune system fight the virus. Black Walnut is the herb of choice to use for cold sores and fever blisters.
This herb is an antiseptic which is high in natural iodine, and can be used both externally and internally to treat cold sores. Use black walnut extract to paint the cold sores several times each day, and take dried black walnut herb internally as well. Aloe Vera gel is another popular herb to use for treating cold sores. It too can be applied to the sores several times each day, and the juice can be drunk as well. Comfrey salve will help heal the cold sores as well. This is a cell proliferate which helps your body heal very quickly. Prick the cold sores and apply comfrey salve externally for best results.
Remember that cold sores and fever blisters are quite contagious though, particularly when a sore is present, so you should avoid contact with babies and anyone who has a weakened immune system from diseases such as HIV and Diabetes. When you have active sores, be sure to keep your hands clean, and avoid contact with other areas of your body such as the eyes and genital areas. Also be sure to sterilize or replace your toothbrush when outbreaks occur, and of course avoid kissing anyone until you’re healed.