Jul 152011

Cold Sores – Latest Facts About Your Cold Sore


Cold sores interrupt your life and usually appear at the worst possible times. They are quite unsightly and uncomfortable.

Cold sores, fever blisters or oral herpes are three names for the same thing. They commonly appear on the border of the lip or nose but can form anywhere on your body where the herpes simplex virus can get through the skin.

The herpes simplex virus is the root cause of all cold sores (fever blisters, oral herpes). The herpes virus creates the sores as a side effect of creating new virus particles.

When the virus first invades your body, it will claim a nerve fiber near the entry area and reside in that fiber for life. All cold sores created by this virus family will appear at the surface end of that nerve fiber.


When dormant, the herpes simplex virus hides in the root cells of that nerve. If and when it becomes active, it will squirm along the nerve to the surface and drill into the nerve cells there.

The herpes virus cannot create its own offspring. It needs the nerve cells to do so. When the virus enters a cell, it takes control and forces it to produce new virus clones. The herpes simplex virus is truly a parasite.

You will notice swelling of the target area as the cells fill up. Once the cells reach maximum capacity, the controlling virus destroys the victim cells and all the new virus spills out.

The open cold sore ulcer is the result of this massive cell destruction. These cold sores are exceedingly painful because you now have exposed nerve endings.


The herpes simplex is a very small sub-microscopic particle. It is aggressively contagious and can enter the body through even the tiniest crack in the skin. You are contagious from the first sign until the final healing redness disappears.

Please use every caution with your cold sores. Kissing passes on most cold sores. Contaminated fingers also spread cold sores. Most children catch the herpes virus before they are 12.

You can easily spread cold sores to just about anywhere on your body. Sores on finger tips, arms and cheeks are not uncommon. Folks that get these claim they are a lot more painful than the normal lip cold sore.

Getting a cold sore in your eye can cause serious vision damage.

The herpes simplex virus is so contagious and tough that about 90% of the people on earth over 12 carry it. Around 65% of these folks will get one or more cold sores per year.

This virus does its damage only on the surface where you can easily cleanse and apply a cold sore treatment of your choice. The herpes virus, as far as we know presently, does not travel or create damage internally.


Stress is the primary trigger that activates the herpes simplex virus. When you encounter stress, your body gears up for battle, your hormones change and your pH balance drops into the acid zone. The herpes virus loves an acid environment.

Your body will heal your cold sores, fever blisters and oral herpes outbreaks without any help from you. But it often takes three to four weeks. With a good cold sore treatment plan, you can cut this time in half.

Your best choices for cold sore treatment are still the natural home remedies. They still work better than anything the drug companies have come up with so far.

Some of the most proven cold sore treatment remedies are lysine, zinc and garlic. These can and should be used both internally (supplements) and as topical treatments. Continual cleansing of the area with alcohol or peroxide is very important also.

Cold sores, fever blisters and oral herpes really hurt your social life. And they are tough to deal with. But with what you have just learned, you now have a great advantage in the cold sore battle.

With a little experimenting, you will develop your own cold sore treatment plan and enjoy much more freedom in your life.

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Frequently Asked Questions

    3 cold sores on upper lip? Ugh.?
    So i have 3 cold sores on my upper lip which are still tingling, i got them yesterday it started with one then a second one formed then woke up this morning with another. I want to know a quick and safe way to relief the pain and also help fade them fast? I’m 13 and i always get cold sores.. they are really bad :/ they take my confidence down by miles, people always ask what happened to my lip and i say its swollen or cut cause if i said it was a cold sore then would say i had herpes :/ i just want them to stop hurting and how to cure them fast?

    p/s i’m already using cream but no effect.

    • ANSWER:
      The only thing that helps me is Honey. Apply a small dab of honey to the cold sore. And leave it on as long as possible.

    home remedies for an upper lip cold sore?
    ive had it for a couple days…ive been putting ice on it and ive tried acne producs,neosporin,salt….anyone got any home remedies that have worked for them

    • ANSWER:
      Holding a warmed raw onion on the cold sore will help make it subside faster.

    My upper lip is SUPER puffy from two cold sores in the middle. Can I make the puffyness go down?
    I have to work in 6 hours, and I just want to know if I can make the swelling go down. It’s embarassingly swollen, and it looks very strange. I know I can’t make the cold sore go away, since it goes away on it’s own time. But, is there anything I can use or do to make the puffyness appear less drastic?! Help me please and thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      okay never had this problem before. but ice should help the swelling go down a bit and it wont be as noticable and you worryin probably isnt helping if you dont point it out to people or look all paranoid that everyone is looking at it people wont notice it nearly as much. relax this stuff happens.

    sign of herpes(one cold sore on upper lip) or a pimple?
    on my upper lip tdy i got a red spot,it has a little white head in the middle and it hurts,but doesn’t itch
    i got one in the same spot about a month ago right before my period,and this week is supposed to be my period week again.
    and last time it lasted about four or five days,no scab on it either.

    cold sore or pimple

    • ANSWER:
      I am not really sure but I think you should go to the doctor while you have the symptom to be accurately diagnosed. Sorry I wasn’t more help

    Swollen spot on upper lip, cold sore?
    First off, I woke up one moring with swelling on a spot on my upper lip. I’ve never had a cold sore and I’m 24 years old. But my brother gets them; but I never share anything with him. After swelling went down the spot on the lip blistered up. The spot/sore looked like a small white line and then scabed over after a few days.

    I was wondering if there was any chance that it was a cold sore? The spot never seemed to “pop” like they say a cold sore usually will break and ooze. Also I live in MN, I know that winter can be hard on our lips.

    So the main question is “cold sore or no?”

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like a cold sore to me!! Did it feel tinglely when it first appeared? Because after a few days they do scab over. I always seem to get them in the winter time!!!

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