In this discussion you will learn what herpes simplex virus is and how get herpes to heal faster. The Different types of cold sores and what to treat them with, and how to heal and eliminate canker sores overnight.
If you or someone close to you suffers from Herpes, Cold Sores or Canker Sores you know exactly how devastating it can be. Although there is no cure, there are ways to mitigate the effects, shorten the life cycle of an outbreak and protect yourself and those around you from getting them. If you are in an outbreak, refrain from kissing or touching others. This is incredibly important around infants, but really common sense says not to kiss anyone with a canker or cold sore present.
Canker Sores are ulcers that appear in your mouth that can make eating and talking very uncomfortable. They can occur at any age, even in children, and depending on severity be as minimal as a small spot on your inner cheek or lip, to a cluster filling your entire mouth. Many people get canker sores (1 in 5) so don’t be afraid to talk about it.
Not all canker sores are contagious, some are triggered by eating high acid foods, an allergic reaction to a food, stress, hormonal factors…life. They appear in your mouth as round /oval, white, gray, or pale yellow blisters with a red edge or border
Common Culprits Are:
- Citrus or acidic fruits and vegetables (such as lemons, oranges, pineapples, apples, figs, tomatoes, and strawberries
- Some Breath mints
- Some toothpastes or mouthwashes
- Some anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen
- A bacteria called Helicobacter pylori that causes peptic ulcers
- Tissue injury, like from a sharp tooth or a dental appliance
- Underlying health conditions including: a weakened immune system, HIV/AIDS, lupus, or Behcet’s disease
- Nutritional deficits of vitamin B12, zinc, folic acid, or iron
- Being celiac or having Crohn’s
Treatment & Prevention
At the first signs (if possible) and yes this works. Many times overnight. Make up the following two solutions:
Solution #1 – Brush your teeth then, stir 1 tsp salt (basic table salt is best as it contains iodine) in a glass of warm water. Without swallowing swish around your mouth and gargle for 1 minute. Spit out into sink. Do not swallow. Yuck.
Solution #2 – this is particularly important if it is bacterial or viral based…reach for the colloidal silver and depending on strength (I suggest 300 ppm minimally) take a tablespoon full and swish around and hold in your mouth for 3 minutes. Spit. Do not rinse for at least 10 minutes. 9x out of 10 they will be gone by morning if you do this routine before bed.
If you get them fairly frequently start taking a vitamin supplement containing vitamin B12, zinc, folic acid, & iron. Go see a Doctor if you run a high fever with canker sores as this may be a sign of a serious underlying problem. Your Doctor will do a physical exam, discuss your medical history, and if necessary test your blood to see whether a vitamin deficiency or another health condition is causing the outbreak.
COLD SORES HSV-1
Cold sores HSV-1 are caused by a virus and can also be referred to as fever blisters, herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1) or Herpes labialis and appear as individual or groups of painful, fluid-filled blisters. Cold sores are highly contagious. The sores or blisters typically appear on the outside your mouth — usually under your nose, on or around your lips but can also be under your chin or in your mouth too. Most people find Cold Sores embarrassing. HSV-1 can also be spread and appear as genital herpes from mouth to genital contact with similar symptoms to HSV-2. Treatment is usually the same for both forms.
The first attack may be accompanied by a very swollen lip, fever, sore throat, or enlarged lymph nodes. They are almost always indicated by a tingle, which if you treat it immediately can minimize the outbreak considerably. Untreated the blisters usually heal within ten days, then the virus will go dormant and periodically create additional outbreaks of sores in the mouth or around your lips throughout your life.
GENITAL HERPES HSV-1 & HSV-2
HSV-2 Is the most common cause of genital herpes. HSV-2 can appear as an individual or group of small blisters/sores. The virus spreads through both sexual and non-sexual contact including skin-to-skin contact. HSV-2 is common and highly contagious, whether you have an open sore or not because of viral shedding.
- Sunlight / Ultra violet lights including suntan machines
- hormone fluctuations including ovulation & menstrual cycle
- A lowered immune system
- Red Wine
- Sexual friction
- Foods high in Arginine an essential amino acid: peanuts, walnuts, soybeans etc. You can counter the effects by taking a Lysine Supplement. Lysine has been proven to be highly effective in reducing herpes outbreaks.
If you have reason to believe that you may have been exposed to herpes, it is important to specifically request a test for herpes because it is not included in routine STD or health checks. If you are unlucky to be part of the percentage with recurring outbreaks your doctor can prescribe an antiviral medication to either take daily (beneficial if they are triggered by your hormone cycle or you are under a lot of stress) or if they don’t recur very often you can also take this medication at the first sign of symptoms as a 7-day course.
IF YOU HAVE HERPES (YES EVEN ONE EPISODE) YOU CARRY THE VIRUS FOR LIFE. DON’T BE A JERK. TELL ANY AND ALL POTENTIAL OR CURRENT SEXUAL PARTNERS BEFORE YOU BEGIN A SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP. YOU CAN SPREAD IT EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE SYMPTOMS. DO NOT ENGAGE IN SEXUAL ACTIVITY WHILE YOU HAVE AN OUTBREAK. CONDOMS CAN HELP REDUCE THE SPREAD BUT THEY ARE NOT 100% EFFECTIVE.
- Sores and surrounding area are painful to touch
- An itch, burn or tingle at the onset of an outbreak
- Swollen lymph glands
- Painful inflamed blisters that develop around the infected area. This can include your outer vaginal lips, sores hidden in your vagina, the surrounding area and your anus.
- Muscle ache
- Discharge from the vagina or penis
- A burning sensation when you pee
- Sore swollen genitals
- Lower back pain
- Small red bumps in the genital area which develop into painful blisters, which crust over, form a scab, and heal.
Symptoms usually develop within 2 to 20 days after first exposure to the virus and can continue for up to 14 days usually with visible sores lasting between 10-14 days. Up to 60% of people who have genital HSV show no visible signs and can be completely unaware that they are infected. They are still contagious however and can be transmitting the virus to others , this is referred to as asymptomatic viral shedding. That’s why condoms should be used with any new partner and it is completely reasonable to ask partners to include the herpes test specifically when exchanging STD medical history. Most people have about 4 recurrence attacks per year.
Signs of Recurrent Outbreaks:
Warning signs that the herpes virus is active and about to recur usually include:
- tingling at the site the sore will appear
- general fatigue
- flu-like symptoms
- swelling of the lymph nodes in the area of outbreak
- painful urination
- pain in the buttocks, back of legs, lower back
Treatments For Herpes
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Lysine – an essential amino acid you can take orally that helps reduce herpes outbreaks and supports your immune system.
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Oral Medication – The most common medications are: acyclovir (Zovirax), famciclvir (Famvir) and valacyclovir (Valotrex). All taken in pill form. Severe cases may also be treated by intravenous using the drug acyclovir. You and your doctor can decide the best course of action of either Intermittent Treatment – to keep on hand for if you get a flare up, to take for 7-10 days OR Suppressive Treatment – which is a daily dose, to reduce severity and number of outbreaks by 70-80%.
Topical Treatments to Heal Herpes Fast
Clear Lysine Cold Sore Treatment – keep this handy in your purse and makeup bag. Its also just a great ointment for all lip repair. This soothing ointment is for treating cold sores and fever blisters. Also a great preventative product for daily use. (Also works for genital herpes according to actual users, although not stated by the company)
Abreva Medicated Cold Sore Treatment -Healing cream for treating cold sores and fever blisters on the face or lips. Shortens the duration of tingling, pain, burning and itching symptoms. Delivers best results when treated at the first tingle. Penetrates deep into the skin to the source of the spreading virus. (Also works for genital herpes according to actual users, although not stated by the company)
A blended concoction that usually clears up both genital herpes and herpes on the mouth within 3 days if caught when they first appear or when you feel the “tingle” is listed below. This formula which you make at home, has been known to stops the blister from even forming and to speed up the healing process if its already made its grand appearance. (From an outbreak lasting 10 days down to 3). You can make this concoction up in a little container or mix together in your hand and apply to the infected area as a lip balm or genital skin paste. This treatment actually works on all Herpes virus infections including genital herpes. It does tingle/burn because of the oregano oil, but the sensation is short-lived (about 5 minutes), some people swear by the oregano oil alone but that takes a pretty brave soul. Colloidal Silver and Oregano Oil are both anti-viral & anti-bacterial in nature.
Lysine Cold Sore treatment , Colloidal Silver, & Oregano oil – in the palm of your hand mix equal parts Lysine and Colloidal Silver, add one drop of Oregano Oil mix together and apply. Reapply 2x a day until gone.
Colloidal Silver, Coconut oil & Oregano oil – mix equal parts Colloidal Silver and Coconut Oil, add one drop of Oregano Oil and apply as a salve to the affected area. The coconut oil helps minimize the tingle effect of the oregano oil and helps to hold the other two ingredients in place.
For extra zip you can mix in a tiny dot of Abreva as well.
Oregano Organic Liquid drops undiluted – always mix this with an oil or other ointment before applying to the skin as Oregano Oil has a heating tingling effect that when not diluted some find painful. But it works for quick healing of wounds and is a wonderful antioxidant, anti bacterial and reduces inflammation – and it works on herpes.
Organic Coconut oil – has incredible moisturizing and healing properties when applied to the skin. Works wonders on scalp and all skin conditions. In this application it is used as a natural base to mix with the oregano oil. But this jar wont go to waste. Its good for cooking, baking, skin, and more.
American Biotech Nano Silver Topical Gel – All Natural, promotes healing. Colloidal Silver naturally smoothers bacteria and (according to real users is an effective treatment against the herpes virus)
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