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Cold sores caused by herpes simplex virus. Once you’ve caught it its yours for life. It lives in nerves and breaks out most commonly at times of bodily or physiological stress including menstruation (period) or colds and flu. These items can’t be stopped in reality but other things that trigger are ultra violet rays of the sun which you can at least partial block using good sun blocks etc.
Aciclovir is the active ingredient of the brand Zovirax its active in the “tingle” stage of the cold sore. Anti-virals are known to be extremely slow to work, there also not very good, by this I mean you need frequent applications (not large amounts) just frequent, zovirax is four times a day this is the most important thing I point out to my patients but still if I ask most use it wrongly: - I put twice as much on when I got home from work because I forgot to take it with me. Wrong - I use it every morning to keep them away. Wrong and very expensive (you can’t even attempt yet to damage the dormant virus.
If you’ve missed the ‘tingle’ stage and are in the blister stage “please don’t use Zovirax” its very expensive and of no use know. The virus has ‘been out to play’ its gone again and you wont be able to damage it now. Zovirax will be a very expensive drying agent (which it does well). A this time it is more appropriate to use something like the cytex or Boots do an alcohol drying liquid which is good.
At this stage with your big fat lip it maybe nice to know: - 12 million people in the UK get cold sores. - They get them only 2 to 3 times a year. - THEY ONLY LAST TEN DAYS !!
To help mainly others remember a few key things.
It’s a virus and highly contagious, don’t touch it if you can help, use separate drinking vessels etc. No sharing. Kissing the boy or girlfriend could give them it, just think it might be bad you have it but both of you at the same time! Its only 10 days.
Do not touch the eyes or genitals of yourself or another person if you think you have touched your cold sore.
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Great review, but could do with a little more info. This stuff really helps! :)
MichelleScott 06.05.2001 00:11
Superb review. Well-written and very helpful.
wulise 26.02.2001 15:09
My cat was using this on his good eye for a deep rooted viral infection. I know it says not for eyes, but the vets at the Cambridge Vet School is having good results, for this type of infection and it is a lot cheaper than eye drops from Moorfield Eye Hospital. Informative opinion. Thank you. Louise(BA(hons), Rgn, ENB998 etc....)
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infection occurring on the lips. When treatment is started at the first sign (tingle) of a cold sore, it prevents the cold sore from appearing. It can also limit the severity of cold sores and speed up the healing process. What are cold sores? Cold sores are a very common illness caused by the Herpes Simplex virus (HSV). Cold sores usually occur on or around the lip, or nose. Unless there is a secondary infection, cold sores usually clear up within 10 days, and do not leave a scar. The virus remains in the body and cold sores may recur if the person is stressed, tired, feverish or injured. Exposure to sun or wind can also trigger the cold sores. Cold sores are contagious, especially by direct contact, eg. Kissing. Cold sores are usually preceded by a feeling of tingling, burning, itching, or numbness in the spot where the cold sore is developing. As the cold sore becomes visible, small red spots and fluid blisters appear. There usually merge together into what looks like one sore. What are the symptoms? The primary infection can progress in different ways. Some people only have very mild symptoms or none at all. The first outbreak starts one to three weeks after the virus has been contracted. It subsides spontaneously within a few weeks. Later, if HSV is reactivated, the blisters will return The first symptom of an outbreak is an unpleasant tingling feeling in the skin. After a short while, a number of fluid-filled blisters appear The sores become covered by scabs which typically fall off after eight to ten days. The virus can spread until the sores are completely covered by scabs. Around 20 per cent of the people with HSV antibodies have recurrent attacks of cold sores throughout their lives. In children, the virus can infect the mouth and throat (gingivostomatitis herpetica acuta). The infection may be accompanied by a fever and general aches and pains.
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