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
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.
- colds or fevers
- over exposure to the sun
- stress, anxiety & depression
- extreme tiredness
- suppressed immune system.
popular treatment in New Zealand for
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.