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Cold Sores

Cold Sores


Cold sores are fluid filled blisters that usually appear on the lips. They can, however, also develop as ulcers on the gums, inner cheeks, or on the roof of the mouth, on the skin around the nostrils or in the nostril lining.

Cold sores are usually caused by the herpes simplex type 1 virus (HSV-1). As well as being caused by a depressed immune system, cold sores can appear when there is a viral infection or a fever, menstruation, periods of stress and fatigue, or by exposure to sun, wind and salt water.


Once the cold sore virus has infected the body, painful lip blisters can reappear whenever the immune system is depressed. The action of the virus is inhibited by antioxidants, immunity boosters and the amino acid lysine, remedies which also help to heal the skin.

How supplements can help


How Supplements can help


A deficiency of any nutrient can impair the performance of the immune system, and anyone troubled by cold sores should regularly take a high potency multivitamin and multimineral supplement. The supplements suggested can help to minimise outbreaks and speed up the healing process. They can be used in combination at the first sign of a cold sore, and should take effect within two or three days.

The amino acid Lysine suppresses the growth of HSV-1 when taken orally or applied to a cold sore in the form of a cream. It can be used long term and may help to prevent cold sores from forming. Melissa cream (lemon balm) may also be useful when applied.

Vitamin C and flavonoids are powerful antioxidants which help healing.

St John’s Wort may also improve immune performance, and it has strong antiviral properties.

Zinc helps both the immunity and the healing process.

Flare ups can be treated with the immunity enhancing herbs Echinacea and Golden Seal, which are natural antivirals and antibiotics.

Topical applications of Vitamin E oil sometimes help.


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A Vogel Bio-Propolis Lip Care Ointment, used for cold sores, is made from a unique patented propolis extract collected from a special variety of Canadian Poplar Trees.
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a delicious, soothing lip balm in a handy 30ml jar that fits perfectly in any hand-bag or pocket. With anti-viral properties, this lip balm may also protect against cold sores
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80 Tablets for the price of 60. High potency, essential amino acid providing a full 1000mg of Lysine. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
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Solgar Chelated Zinc is one of Solgars premium-quality mineral products.
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Lysine is an indispensable amino acid that cannot be made by the body. Amino acids form the basis for protein, which helps construct and maintain the critical structures in the body. Lysine is also used for the health
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Solgars Zinc Picolinate 22mg tablets offer a unique patented form of zinc for maximum absorbtion and bioavailability.
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