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Common Diseases > Cold Sores

Cold sores are caused by Herpes Simplex Virus and become noticeable from 3 - 10 days after infection and can last as long as three weeks if not treated. The most commonly infected area is the lips.

As cold sore blisters are very contagious, when infected it is important not to kiss anyone and generally avoid intimate contact. You can even spread them to other parts of your own body, so be careful when washing, do not use the same towel you dried your face with on other parts of your body. It is unlikely that the virus would spread over the dry skin, but it will spread to the delicate tissues like the genitals.

Once infected, the virus remains in the body forever and repeated outbreaks can be triggered by:
  • colds or fevers
  • over exposure to the sun
  • stress, anxiety & depression
  • extreme tiredness
  • suppressed immune system.
The first sign of a developing cold sore is usually a tingling or itchy sensation and a small bump will develops which then turns into a blister. There is often some inflammation in the area and fluid and or pus may ooze from the blister or blisters. Some people experience flu-like symptoms and fever from a cold sore outbreak. There is usually less discomfort with recurrence of cold sores than with the initial outbreak.

The most popular treatment in New Zealand for treating Herpes Simplex is acyclovir (Zovirax). However we have found Colloidal Silver Cream to also be very effective.

In America it is estimated that as many as 90% of all people have the cold sore virus of which 55 million experience recurrent symptoms, so you you see this is a very common viral infection.

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