So you have a cold sore. What does that mean? How do you make it go away? More importantly, how can you make them stay away? Let’s find out. (OR you can skip the read and scroll down to the end of this article for the TAKE ACTION points.)
Cold sores (also known as fever blisters) are unsightly blisters that form on or around the mouth due to a viral infection: the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1). Yes, this is similar to the herpes simplex virus (HSV-2) which causes genital herpes. It is extremely contagious, which is why 50 to 80 percent of Americans have oral herpes. If a person with oral herpes performs oral sex, it can result in genital herpes for the receiver. If a person without herpes gives someone with genital herpes oral sex, it can result in oral herpes for the giver. Oral herpes can be spread very easily through shared drinks, kissing, and by coming in contact with anything that was also in contact with a herpes blister. This virus can infect men, women, children, and elderly alike. It is more common than most people realize, so if you suffer from cold sores, you are certainly not alone.
There are many topical treatments available for cold sores once they have already presented. Some of these treatments focus on alleviating symptoms (burning, itching, tingling, oozing, crusting blisters), and some of them focus on reduction of healing time and preventing replication of the virus. There are also oral antivirals available by prescription, but unless your case is very severe, these probably aren’t necessary.
The Most POWERFUL topical treatment: OZONE
Ozone therapy has many useful applications. Lucky for you, killing the herpes virus and improving immune system action is one of them! A study conducted by Aravinda et al (2016) demonstrated a 100% resolution of herpes blisters with twice per day topical application of ozonated oil in only 2.2 days with no adverse reactions. (Typically, herpes blisters can last for up to two weeks.) Another study by Gao et al (2018) demonstrated that twice per day “topical ozone therapy in patients with herpes zoster is helpful in relieving pain, shortening the course as well as improving the clinical efficacy without obvious adverse reactions.” So, if you start to feel a tingle on your lip, put ozone oil on the spot immediately. If the sore has already erupted, make sure to apply ozone oil twice per day. Although the study I mentioned uses ozone olive oil, the most powerful ozonated oils are PurO3 Ozonated Hemp Oil or PurO3 Ozonated Jojoba Oil
Now onto PREVENTION and CONTROL
Unfortunately, there is no cure. The virus lies dormant in nerves and waits until the immune system is down (for example, if a person gets sick, is more stressed out than usual, or hasn’t been sleeping well), and then it becomes activated and the blisters present.
So how can you prevent them from recurring so that you don’t have to feel ashamed of your face anymore?
The amino acid L-Lysine has long been known to keep viral conditions such has herpes simplex under control (Chaitow, 1985). In the intestine, lysine competes with arginine being absorbed in the intestine, which works to limit the energy source the virus needs to replicate. It is also assumed that there are some other unknown mechanisms in which it inhibits viruses, and lysine is frequently given to people with other types of chronic viral infections.
Patients who showed improvement in the studies I have encountered were taking dosages of 300 mg to 1200 mg daily. A study conducted by Behforooz et al (1987) demonstrated significant improvement and reduction of recurrence with 1000 mg 3 times per day for six months.
Monolaurin and Lauric Acid
Monolaurin and lauric acid have powerful antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. They are found in human breast milk, and (far more conveniently) in organic, virgin, unrefined coconut oil. Coconut oil has many other benefits as well. The Coconut Oil Miracle is an interesting read and will expose you to the history of coconut oil its multitude of health benefits.
If you can’t stand the taste of coconut oil, you can also find monolaurin in a pill form which is marketed as Lauricidin. One dose of Lauricidin is the equivalent of taking many tablespoons of coconut oil, and the typical dosage for herpes is about 1/2 to 1 scoop, one to three times per day (Weston A. Price Foundation, 2019).
So, if you are tired of trying to cover your cold sore, and you don’t want to answer the question “what’s that on your lip?” anymore, give one or all of these a try to keep the outbreaks under control.
TAKE ACTION points:
1. Topical ozone oil for active lesions: Rinse area with water and apply at least twice per day. Although the study I mentioned uses ozone olive oil, the most powerful ozonated oils are made with PurO3 Ozonated Hemp Oil
or PurO3 Ozonated Jojoba Oil
2. L-Lysine: 500 mg to 1000 mg three times per day
Pill form:Powder form:
3. Organic virgin unprocessed coconut oil (for its monolaurin and lauric acid content): at least 3 tbsp daily to experience health benefits (Fife, 2013).
The only brand I use in our home is this one:
4. Lauricidin: ½ to 1 scoop, one to three times per day
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Aravinda, K., Arora, N., Dixit, A., Jatti, D., Kumar, T., & Puri, G. (2018). Efficacy of ozonized olive oil in the management of oral lesions and conditions: A clinical trial. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4792056/
Behforooz, A., Griffith, R., Myrmel, K., Thompson, R., & Walsh, D. (1987). Success of L-lysine therapy in frequently recurrent herpes simplex infection. Treatment and prophylaxis. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3115841
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Fife, B. (2013). The coconut oil miracle. New York, NY: Avery.
Gao, L., Huang, J., Lu, J., Pan, Y., & Xiang, Y. (2018). Topical ozone therapy: An innovative solution to patients with herpes zoster. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29559601
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