Cold sores are blisters that are rather small and very painful. They can be found mainly on the lips, but can also be found on the gums and even on the roof of your mouth. The herpes simplex virus is the cause of cold sores and it is extremely infectious. People will usually experience a tingling sensation around two to three days prior to actually seeing the cold sore and they usually run a course of one week to one week and a half. A cold sore can appear very similar to something called a canker sore. A canker sore looks the same however it is not infectious.
Natural Cold Sore Medication - Lysine
Lysine must be supplemented to our bodies as we do not get enough of it naturally from the food we ingest. It's effectively an essential amino acid and it is used to fight against the stretch of the herpes simplex virus. Lysine also produces protein, which is needed to make the antibodies that battle against infections. Lysine can be located in certain foods like eggs, cheese, wheat germ, red meat, milk, brewer’s yeast, and fish. However the lysine battles against another amino acid called arginine in which they will fight to get absorbed into the digestive tract. Arginine can be found in foods such as, peanuts, chocolate, and almonds and if you tend to eat these products more than the products containing lysine, it is highly probable that the arginine is winning the battle, thus you will need to take a lysine supplement (around one thousand milligrams each day) to shorten the time period in which a cold sore is present.
Natural Cold Sore Medication - Lemon Balm
Melissa officinalis is more commonly known as lemon balm. Usually people who have cold sores will notice the blister for around ten days. However in a study it was proven that people who had the lemon balm on only had the effects of a cold sore for five days which is half the time. If a patient uses lemon balm on a regular basis they will decrease the threat of the cold sores from reoccurring or shorten its duration.
Natural Cold Sore Medication - Reishi
Ganoderma lucidum is more commonly known as reishi and is used primarily to strengthen the person’s immunity system. This should be taken in six hundred milligram doses each day. It is also known for delaying blood clots.