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About Cold Sores & Fever Blisters

Posted on August 25, 2017

Would you be surprised to hear that 90% of people get at least one cold sore in a lifetime and 40% of American adults suffer repeatedly from cold sore break outs? Besides being unattractive, these fluid-filled blisters that appear on the lips, mouth, or nose can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. 

What Causes Cold Sores?

Cold sores, also called fever blisters are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV) and unfortunately for those infected, they carry the virus for the rest of their live. Just like any virus, HSV can be easily transmitted when someone has an active lesion through saliva and can be easily passed through kissing, sharing cups or by skin contact.  Cold sores are extremely contagious in the early stages before they become scabbed or crusted. Cold sores can spread to other parts of the body, including the eyes and genitals.

Although a cold sore infection is generally not serious, it can be a major issue for people with depressed immune systems due to disorders or medications. Even after a cold sore crusts over and heals, the herpes virus remains, and it can cause future outbreaks in the same area of the mouth or face.

What Triggers Cold Sores?

With a large part of the population carrying the HSV Virus that causes cold sores, why do some people get recurrent outbreaks and others don't? There isn't an exact explanation to this yet but there are a serious of triggers that definitely seem to be the cause in most cases including:

Stress - Stress definitely can mess with your emotions but it can also wear down your immune system, and fuel that dormant cold sore.

Fatigue - When you are overly tired is can make you vulnerable to a cold sore outbreak, draining your immune system, and making you easy prey. 

Cold Weather - Dry lips from wintery conditions can definitely be a cold sore trigger. 

Too much Sun - UV rays from the sun damage your skin and can also trigger a cold sore.

Hormonal Changes - Women can suffer from cold sore outbreaks during their menstrual cycle.

Weakened Immune System - When your immune system is compromised, you are definitely more susceptible to an outbreak. 

How to Prevent Cold Sores

The most common conventional treatments for cold sores are antiviral creams and oral medications, which can reduce the duration of cold sores by a few days but aren’t completely reliable, leaving cold sore sufferers with pain and disappointment. There are DIY natural cold sore remedies, like applying ice, using essential oils, and more but we are particular excited about the prospects that Aeura Homeopathic Cold Sore Formula can offer. Homeopathic medicines have been around for decades but recently have received more attention for their all-natural approach to healing the body. 

 

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