by Stephen Adams
While they can last for a duration of seven to ten days, taking a natural approach can actually help you to reduce the severity of the symptoms, without having to worry about harmful side effects.
Lysine is an amino acid that most people will get through their food source as the body doesn’t naturally make it. This helps to produce hormones, enzymes, body tissue and even inhibit the spread of HSV-1 and HSV-2. You can obtain this through brewer’s yeast, fish and almonds, or take a supplement that contains it.
As an antiviral, lemon balm has been shown to be effective against the herpes simplex virus and may shorten the duration by nearly half. However, this natural source has been shown to reduce its effectiveness each time you use it, so it is important to only use the lemon balm when absolutely necessary.
Those who consume red grapes will also find that their duration and severity of cold sores will be lower. These grapes contain a substance known as resveratrol. This is a powerful antioxidant that, when used six hours after infection, could be as effective as acyclovir.
Peppermint oil applied directly to the sore can help to be effective against strains of the herpes virus that have become resistant to acyclovir. That means you can apply a dab and you could be able to reduce the duration significantly. However, you need to use caution when using peppermint oil as it could build up to toxic levels in the body.
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One other option to consider is propolis. This is created by bees and it is collected from conifer buds. This is what they use for their cement in their hives and it reduces bacteria and viruses. Often found in health food stores, it is believed to block the herpes simplex virus so that it is unable to fully spread through the body for an infection. The long term effectiveness of this product is in question, so it is best to use it when the onset signs of an outbreak occur.
Of course, there are hundreds of other natural remedies for cold sores that can be found. It is important that you do your research as you begin to explore these options to ensure that there are no possible drug interactions or side effects that you could experience. That way, you can ensure that you have the safest set of supplements available and they will help you to fight the herpes virus, including the strains that may be resistant to some of the pharmaceutical grade products that are available through your local physician.
Here is an informative video, summarizing some effective cold sore natural remedies.