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COLD SORES - A PANDEMIC?from:
Cold sores virus infects an incredible 89% of the world
population, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) estimates.
YES - and 67% of those infected with the cold sores virus will
have at least one cold sore event in the next 12 months.
And 47.5% of those folks will have multiple cold sores episodes
during that period.
Cold sores are one of our most contagious viruses - and one of
our oldest. Even in ancient Rome, an epidemic of cold sores
caused Emperor Tiberius to outlaw kissing in public ceremonies.
As a global epidemic, or "pandemic", there is no better example
than cold sores.
NO - cold sores, unlike bird flu, aren't life threatening. But,
let's be frank, cold sores are hideous - and they're painful. On
top of that, cold sores cause flu like symptoms such as fever
and swollen lymph glands in a lot of people.
Cold sores last 3 to 4 weeks on average - a long time for you to
be socially sidelined! They shout "I HAVE HERPES" to the entire
And cold sores cost us money in lost days at work and constant
purchase of medications. Always hoping to finally find something
- ANYTHING - to stop our cold sores curse.
Check out these little known facts about cold sores - and what
you can do right now to get rid of your cold sores problem.
Cold sores are caused by the reproductive cycle of a herpes
virus. There are currently 8 known human herpes viruses. Of
these, only 2 are a major cause of cold sores.
Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV1) is responsible for about 80%
of facial cold sores - and about 20% of genital herpes lesions.
Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV2) causes about 20% of cold
sores and 80% of genital herpes blisters.
HSV1 is most often referred to as the "cold sores virus", "fever
blister virus" and "oral herpes" - and some others that I can't
mention in a public article.
Cold sores virus may be latent (asleep) for weeks or years in
the nerve ganglia near the back of the jaw close to the brain
More specifically, the cold sores virus hides inside your cells
- making it very difficult for your body defenses to locate and
deal with them.
When your body's defenses weaken, due to physical or emotional
stress, the cold sores virus leaves these cells, travel down the
nerve fibers, like a super-highway to the lip or nose surface -
to create cold sores.
There are 8 cold sore stages. The first is the latent inactive
stage. The next 7 cold sore stages are the ACTIVE stages. From
the first tingle to the last red spot, your cold sores are
Cold sores are most often spread by physical contact - but can
even be transmitted by coughing or sneezing during the active
stages of your cold sores.
Medical science is working around-the-clock to find a cure for
common cold sores. They've had a few minor breakthroughs that
may lead to some real solutions in the next couple of years.
Basically medical scientists are approaching the cold sores
virus on 2 levels.
1. A VACCINE preventing you from actually contracting the cold
sores virus in the first place. One such vaccine is currently
being moved into human testing. Downside is - it only works on
people who have never been exposed to cold sores virus. Since
nearly everyone on the planet has been exposed, it seems of very
little value even if approved. But it's an encouraging move
2. AN ANTI-VIRAL to kill the cold sore virus already in our
body. This is difficult since it has to find and kill the virus
without damaging the nerve cells they are hiding in. The
prescription anti-viral medications scientists have come up with
so far have not worked very well at all - at least on cold sores
Acyclovir, for example, is an anti-viral that's being promoted
as a cold sores wonder drug. In real life studies, however, a
course of acyclovir only reduced cold sores by 2 days. And it
only worked for 47.8% in the trials. No big deal here.
Acyclovir topical cream came in even worse - no noticeable help
at all. Medical scientists agree and have publicly stated that
the actives in acyclovir don't get through the skin to the
infection. Don't waste your money on this.
COLD SORES NATURAL SCIENCE TO THE RESCUE!
Did you know - medical knowledge has more than doubled in the
past 5 years alone? Worldwide internet communication has made it
More important - natural home remedies, such as effective cold
sores treatments, are coming in from all corners of the globe.
In fact, many doctors are now advising their patients to check
out these natural remedies for cold sores.
Data studies have shown these natural remedies to reduce
suffering time of cold sores by an incredible 79% - plus
actually PREVENTING future cold sores from happening altogether
(they don't kill the cold sores virus - but they do keep it
If you're a cold sores victim, your best choice - fact is, your
ONLY choice today - is to buy and apply one of these excellent
There are several solidly proven remedies for you to look into
on this site or other sites - and the best news is they're
available right now for your cold sores.
About the author:
Denny Bodoh is a newspaper publisher and has been a health and
nutrition writer for 33 years. To learn more about cold sores,
fever blisters and oral herpes visit his popular web site at:
Copyright 2005 drbodoh
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