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The Straight Facts: How To Get Rid Of Cold Sores Fast

By Helen Jameson

The root cause of cold sores is probably well known to anyone who suffers from them; it is of course, the Herpes Simplex virus. This affliction cannot be cured, only controlled at best. Symptoms may vary greatly form one person to the next and even within the same person over time. Let’s look at a list of cold sore treatments.

Stress is one of the most common factors that can cause an outbreak of cold sores. As you may already know, stress releases compounds into the blood stream which cause inflammation within your body. This is why it is best to try to alleviate stress whenever possible in your day to day life.

There are many other potential causes resulting in the sudden appearance of cold sores. These can be anything from diet-related issues, lifestyle choices and environmental factors. For example, eating lots of high acid-content foods or ones that contain lots of salt can irritate the skin and lead to increased outbreaks.

The winter months often see a surge in flare-ups. This is because the facial skin is exposed to extreme cold and variations in humidity, depending on where you live of course. This harsh weather can irritate the skin and make it more prone to infections which can increase the prevalence of cold sore formation.

Now obviously this article focuses more on the elements which you can actually control. Your body is a complex and interconnected system, one that we are only beginning to understand. Try not to get frustrated if cold sore outbreaks seem to happen all of a sudden and for seemingly no reason, this is simply the nature of the condition. Nevertheless, taking the precautions outlined above can certainly help.

You may also choose to consult your doctor or health care professional for advice and information about the various treatment options available. As mentioned earlier, there is no cure for Herpes, but some medication may help contain it and reduce its effects.

This guide showcases some great natural cold sore treatments.

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