Cold Sores Treatment

Cold Sores On Lips

Have you ever gotten cold with soaking feet while waiting for transportation, or conversely, have you gotten sunburn while on the beach? Do you experience stress after a conversation with your boss or have you just recovered from the flu? Initially, it may appear there is nothing in common amongst the aforementioned scenarios. However, for all of these cases, it is possible that you may soon experience inflammation, high fever, and redness and itchy areas on your lips, nose, and eyes. At the onset of this abnormal condition, overall weakness is also possible accompanied by high body temperature. There will be rapid development and appearance of painful cold sores filled with transparent liquid inside affected areas. This condition is indeed herpes, widely known as “cold” or “fever.”

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Doctors around the world are concerned about widespread cases of herpes virus amongst the population. It is now estimated that up to 80% of the global adult population is infected with Type I Herpes Simplex virus. Others suggest that this number is closer to 99%!

Herpes infection can occur in early childhood. As this virus travels through lymph and blood, it spreads throughout the body and hides within peripheral nerve nodes. This virus is rather strong because it is able to penetrate into the genome of cells associated with the nervous system. This is why if an initial infection has occurred, it is impossible to get rid of the body of this virus thereby staying within the body forever.

In the dormant phase, the herpes virus may remain inactive for years. However, under conditions of unfavorable external and internal factors (e.g., hypothermia, hyperthermia, infectious diseases, stress, weakened immune system, pregnancy, and/or drug and alcohol use), the herpes virus can be activated while beginning its destructive work.

The type I herpes virus can be transmitted in airborne form and is very contagious. It is possible to acquire the herpes virus by using the same dish, towel, and other household items.

In most cases, repeated incidents of type I herpes pass unnoticed. However, if the virus reaches eye mucosa, in approximately 60% of cases there can be a possible complication in the form of blindness.

Most antiviral drugs aimed at treating type I herpes contain the same active ingredient, which is Acyclovir or Zovirax. These medications differ only in form (i.e., ointments, creams, tablets, suppositories, or injectable solutions) and dose of active ingredient.

Zovirax is an antiviral medicine and it is highly sensitive to type I herpes. This medication is effective due to the fact that within the body it turns into an active substance that suppresses the reproduction of viral cells. Infected cells take-up acyclovir, which stops virus replication. These medications work fast and demonstrate low toxicity. Taking either of these medications does not affect normal life or hurt your health. It is highly recommended that treatment with Acyclovir or Zovirax start as early as possible in order to prevent painful cold sores from appearing.