Here’s more tips for you on handling herpes viruses.
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That tingling you feel just above your upper lip is unmistakable. You know that it’s the start of another cold sore. You’ve gone through this routine before. First it gets red, then that itchy tingly area puffs out into a big embarrassing cold sore. For some reason you can’t stop checking yourself out in the mirror. Why, you wonder, does it have to happen to me? 90% of the population of the United States gets cold sores, so it’s not like you’re alone, and now you don’t have to just wait it out. Finally, now you have a choice.
Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. It’s likely that some relative of yours infected you when you were a child by kissing you at a time when their herpes simplex was infectious. The virus went right into your mouth and sought a hospitable host cell that would let the virus move right in. The virus then “ordered” the DNA in its host cell to make lots more viruses exactly like it.
For most of the time, these viruses are homebodies. They stay put, but from time to time the virus family likes to take a little trip down the nerve highways until it reaches the skin surface. When this happens, you start to feel that awful tingling sensation that signals the start of another cold sore. So what’s the trick for calming cold sores fast?
Keep The Cold Sore Clean And Dry.
If the cold sore isn’t really bothersome, just leave it alone and immediately start taking Organic Defense. Make sure to keep the sore clean and dry. If it starts to fill with pus – and this rarely happens – seek medical attention to make sure the bacterial infection is properly treated.
Replace Your Toothbrush.
Your trusty toothbrush can hold the herpes virus for days, reinfecting you after the present cold sore calms. Get rid of your toothbrush as soon as you start with a cold sore, and after your cold sore has gone, replace your toothbrush for a second time just in case. Don’t take any chances.
Don’t Keep Your Toothbrush In The Bathroom.
A nice wet toothbrush in a moist environment like your bathroom is a cosy home for the herpes simplex virus. The moisture helps prolong the life of the herpes virus on your toothbrush, that’s why it should be stored in a dry place.
Use Small Tubes Of Toothpaste.
Toothpaste can transmit disease too, so if you use smaller tubes, you’ll be replacing your toothpaste more often.
Protect With Petroleum Jelly.
If you start taking Organic Defense at the first sign of an outbreak, chances are the outbreak will never happen. But if it does, cover your cold sore with petroleum jelly. Be sure not to dip back into the jelly with the same finger you used to touch your sore. It would be better to use fresh cotton buds.
Zap It With Zinc.
Several studies have shown that a water-based zinc solution applied the minute you feel that tingling, will help speed the calminging time. The zinc irons crosslink with the DNA molecule of the herpes virus and prevent the double helix from splitting, this means the virus can’t get the DNA to help it replicate. It’s like the external version of what Organic Defense does on the inside, prevents the virus from replicating. Zinc gluconate, available at health food stores, is kinder to the skin than zinc sulphate.
Identify The Pattern.
What was going on in your life just before you got your last cold sore ? What about the cold sore prior to that ? If you do some investigating, you just might figure out what triggers a cold sore for you. If you can find a trigger, you’ll know when to take the most care.
Soften It With An OTC.
There are numerous products that claim to calm cold sores. In general, they contain some emollient to reduce cracking and soften scabs, and a numbing agent like phenol or camphor. Phenol may have some antiviral properties, and it’s possible that it could kill the virus.
Block That Sun (Or Wind).
Protecting your lips from trauma like sunburn or wind exposure is thought be one of the keys to preventing cold sores.
Avoid Arginine-Rich Foods.
The herpes virus needs arginine as an essential amino acid for its metabolism, so cut out foods such as chocolate, cola, peas, grain cereals, peanuts, gelatine, cashews and beer. For a complete list, check out my new book, The Pink Elephant In The Bedroom.
Correct Your Perception.
No one likes getting a cold sore. But if you’ve got one, focusing on it and worrying about how you look can make it worse. Cut out your negative thoughts. Tell yourself that it’s just like a pimple and it won’t interfere in your life in any way! Then make Organic Defense a regular part of your daily supplement routine and you likely won’t have to worry about it again!