By Dr. Peter Klapper Ph.D.
Herpes is a common viral infection. It is estimated that over 90% of people in America have some form of herpes whether or not they experience outbreaks. In fact, over 40,000 new cases of herpes are diagnosed each day in the US alone, which is a staggering 15,000,000 new herpes infections each year. Herpes is a shortened term for the disease caused by Herpes Simplex Type 1 (HSV-1) or Herpes Simplex Type 2 (HSV-2). Learn more about oral herpes causes and treatments below.
Cause and symptoms of Cold sore
Cold sores are causes due to infection with the Herpes Simplex Virus -1 (HSV-1). They are usually passed on by direct contact, from kissing or from oral sex with someone who may have genital herpes. The virus can remain inactive for a while, but may be triggered by any stress, tiredness, excessive exposure to sunlight and sometimes during menstruation in women.
The herpes virus can affect several parts of the body, the oral cavity being one of them. When it does affect the mouth, it is commonly called a cold sore. They can be cosmetically unpleasant due to their appearance in the form of a little blister on the upper or lower lip. On rare occasions, patients may experience a fever and a sore throat.
This is mostly made from history and clinical examination, due to the unique appearance of a cold sore.
Treatment of cold sores
There are several different cold sore remedies that are available. However, there is no cure, and they do occur repeatedly. In most cases, cold sores recover by themselves in around a week to 10 days or so, but medication can help speed up the process.
Home remedies for cold sores – This mostly includes ways of prevention of spreading the infection or re-introducing it to the system. Apply sunscreen if venturing out into the sun for long periods of time. Change your toothbrush as this can harbor the virus. Seek treatment for stress if required.
Treatment for complications – Sometimes cold sores can progress and affect the mouth cavity and the gums. This requires oral mouthwashes that will reduce the pain and enhance healing. Dehydration can occur in such patients, so it is important to stay hydrated.
Cold sores can be a bothersome, unsightly problem. Unfortunately, there is no permanent cure. Besides the usual treatments, Forces of Nature H-Balm Control Extra Strength has been found to be a cold sore remedy that is gentle and effective, every time.