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Cold Sores - The Alien Herpes Virusfrom:
Cold sores, fever blisters, oral herpes are 3 names for the same
thing - a blister or sore on the face - normally occurring on
the outer edge of your lip or nose.
"Cold sores" is the most common term used for these hideous,
painful and contagious facial sores. Herpes simplex virus type 1
and type 2 are the root cause of cold sores. About 80% of cold
sores are caused by type 1. Type 2, although primarily the cause
of genital herpes sores, is responsible for about 20% of facial
Cold sores are "location specific", occurring in roughly the
same place each time. The herpes virus is normally latent, or
asleep, in the nerve ganglia behind the jaw on the same side of
your face as your cold sores occur. Fortunately herpes virus
does not travel internally to infect other locations - but stays
put in the area where first contracted.
Cold sores, when in full blossom, look like a hideous explosion
on you lip or nose. Fact is - that's pretty close to how cold
sores are actually formed.
If you're a science fiction fan like me, you'll notice that a
lot of these shows are based on the idea of alien creatures
using humans to reproduce. The alien creature "infects" the
human body with their seed. When the young are ready for birth,
the human host is destroyed to release the new alien creatures.
The herpes virus replicates in the same way.
Cold sores are the result of the reproduction process of the
herpes virus. This virus, unlike bacteria, cannot reproduce on
it's own but must have a host. A single herpes virus enters a
nerve cell and forces that cell to create, or clone, many copies
of itself. The original virus then destroys the host cell to
release it's young. This "explosion" of millions of cells in a
close area produces the massive cold sores.
Cold sores are very painful because the herpes virus has a
particular affinity for nerve cells. Herpes virus travels the
nerve fibers like a highway to the surface and create the cold
sores on the end of those nerves. If you've ever had a dentist
hit the end of a nerve while drilling - well, it's pretty much
the same feeling when your teeth hit the cold sores.
Cold sores are very contagious from the first tingle to the last
red spot. Even your saliva and nasal fluids (and on rare
occasions even vaginal fluids) can contain the herpes virus at
this time. As a result, nearly 89% of the world population is
infected with type 1 or 2 herpes virus.
Touching your cold sores or kissing can cause a new site for
cold sores on yourself - or someone else. Contaminated fingers
can also transfer the cold sores virus to objects such as
telephones, faucets, and towels. The virus can live on these
objects for days under the right conditions. Use extreme
caution, especially during the weeping and crusting phases of
your cold sores.
Symptoms of cold sores begin with a tingling, dryness sensation,
burning, and/or itching. Cold sores then progress to these
stages: a group of tiny blisters form, enlarge, and burst to
create one large open sore. In 2 or 3 days a crust forms over
this open, weeping sore and the healing begins. The skin heals,
the crust falls off, but there is still healing going on below
the new skin - which leaves a red spot for up to 2 more weeks
before cold sores are considered totally healed.
The entire event for most people averages 3 to 4 weeks -
depending on their current health and on the treatments these
folks used during the various stages of the cold sores.
For cold sores there is nothing currently available from medical
science or natural science that will eliminate the herpes virus
from the body. If you want to be cold sore free for life - the
secret you must know is keeping the virus asleep.
Without any treatment, the body will cure the cold sores through
it's own natural healing process. There are a wide variety of
effective home treatment remedies that will GREATLY hurry up the
healing of your cold sores - or actually prevent the outbreak
from happening altogether.
Cold sores over-the-counter medications have not been shown to
shorten the life cycle of cold sores. However, these lip balms
and salves do provide much comfort and help prevent secondary
bacterial infection of your cold sores.
About the author:
Denny Bodoh is a newspaper publisher and 33 year veteran
research writer on alternative health and nutrition. If you
would like to know more about cold sores, and what you can do
about them today, join others and visit his wildly popular
Copyright 2005 drbodoh
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