Cold sore symptoms develop because a person has been in contact with the herpes simplex virus. This virus is different than the herpes complex virus that can be spread through unprotected sex. The herpes simplex virus can be spread through eating or drinking after a person who is infected with it. It can also be passed from person-to-person through kissing though. The virus often lies dormant until someone goes through a stressful situation or has an illness that lowers their immune system considerably. But it can only be spread if someone has an open blister though. Once the blister has healed, they are no longer contagious.
What are the Symptoms of Cold Sores?
If someone has never had a cold sore before, they might be a little worried about what is happening to them when one starts to develop. But although a cold sore is unsightly, it isn’t dangerous in any way unless a person has an immune system disorder that makes it difficult for them to fight off viruses or infections. The cold sores are usually completely healed in most people in about two weeks though.
- One of the first symptoms of cold sores is itching on the lips. The itching will usually be in only one particular part of the lips, since most people only develop one cold sore. However, it is possible to get more than one cold sore at a time though. This itching will last about a day.
- Once the itching subsides, small bumps will start to appear in a circular formation where the virus is breaking through the skin. They won’t be very noticeable at first. It is best to begin treatment at this point.
- The small bumps will begin to fill with fluid and turn into a blister by about the third day of the virus. This blister shouldn’t be broken because if the liquid spreads to other parts of the lips, the virus can spread and form new cold sores. It will break on its own sometimes when a person is eating or drinking something though.
- After the blister bursts, a crust will form over the cold sore because the body is trying to heal it. But the crust usually tears off frequently. Then, the cold sore will bleed and leak more liquid. This phase can last at least a week if a person doesn’t treat the cold sore symptoms.
- Once a person’s immune system is able to start healing the cold sore from the inside out, the size of it will start to shrink. It will get smaller during the healing process. And the scab will finally stay off without any bleeding occurring.
After the virus progression is finished, the cold sore symptoms will completely disappear. But the virus will still be dormant in the body though.
What are the Treatment Options for Cold Sore Symptoms?
For faster treatment, cold sore symptoms should not be ignored. Cold sores can be treated much more quickly if they are dealt with in the beginning as soon as there is any itching or blisters. Otherwise, a person will have the unsightly sores on their lips for a much longer period of time.
Most cold sore remedies involve two phases of treatment. First of all, the herpes simplex virus has to be dealt with by use of a topical antiviral medication. And second of all, the cold sore has to be prevented from drying out. Otherwise, it will keep cracking and breaking open, which prevents it from healing properly. There are several over-the-counter remedies sold at pharmacies and supermarkets that act as antivirals. They also decrease the inflammation that develops in the lips because of cold sores. Lip balms are available for moisturizing the cold sores too.
Colloidal Silver Gel
One of the fastest cures for cold sores is something called “colloidal silver gel.” It is composed of a gel that has a suspension of microscopic particles of pure silver in it. Colloidal silver is made by sending electric current through wires of pure silver while it is set in a bath of distilled water. The electric current causes the silver to leach into the distilled water, so it can be used for medical purposes. Colloidal silver can be ingested or applied as a gel directly to the cold sore.
This cure works because viruses and bacteria can’t survive in the presence of silver. So the herpes simplex virus dies very quickly when it is dabbed on every two hours. If colloidal silver gel is applied right as the symptoms begin, the herpes simplex virus will last only two or three days instead.
Those who are having immune system problems that have led to the development of cold sore symptoms often find that it is beneficial to drink one teaspoon of colloidal silver twice a day besides applying it their sore. This will help fight off the infection much faster.
Everyone gets cold sores, so don’t be embarrassed the next time that you happen to get one. Always begin treatment as soon as you start getting any symptoms of itching or blisters. That way, the cold sore symptoms will heal up faster. And remember, the best way to cure a cold sore is with colloidal silver. It can be found at most health food stores in a liquid or gel form.
It is best to cover cold sores with a small, circular bandage to prevent the spread of the virus to other people while it is healing. Also, don’t eat or drink after anyone until the cold sore completely disappears. Avoid kissing anyone as well.
If you have ever had a cold sore before, and you have experience treating it with colloidal silver or other remedies, feel free to comment below. We would love to hear from you!
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