How Cold Sore Happens And Tips To Prevent It.
Small fluid filled lesions, that generally pop up on or around your lips leave a tingling and burning sensation. Then, it starts to appear as a blister. This is what we called "Cold Sore". It is even known as fever blisters.
Cold Sore commonly occurs on the lips, chin, cheeks, inside the nostrils or even on the roof of the mouth.
Main Culprit of Cold Sore.
Herpes Simplex Virus (Type-1) is responsible for such painful blisters. How it causes a cold sore? Check the whole process:
- The virus enters your body and lives in your nerve cell.
- Then, it senses the slightest change in your temperature, ph balance, stress level and your immune strength as well.
- The change will create a favorable condition for the virus to head towards the surface along your nerve fibers.
- Eventually, it creates a new virus on the surface through its replication procedure. This new virus produces the cold sore blisters.
How HSV-1 Gets Activated?
It is possible that the HSV-1 virus enters the body, lies around the surface and does nothing. But, it gets activated due to a number of reasons and form into a painful blister. What are those reasons?
- Mental and physical stress
- Fever or illness
- Hormone imbalance
- Weak immune system
- Menstruation cycle
- Extreme sun exposure
The virus gets activated and you will feel itching sensation on the area where the cold sore is likely to get form. After two days of tingling sensation, the tiny blisters appear. These fluid-filled blisters break, weep, crust over and gradually disappears. Cold sore takes 7-8 days to completely heal.
How to Prevent it?
You cannot prevent the outbreak of a cold sore, but can only minimize the spread of such virus. Take the immediate precautions at a time when you notice the first symptom that is the tingling sensation on the affected area. Check what you need to take care, to minimize the activation of HSV-1.
1. Avoid the preferable environment for HSV-1 virus!
HSV-1 virus gets activated faster in a warm environment. If you feel like itching, then apply ice as this will prevent the cold sore to form.
The virus even prefers the acid environment and provokes the outbreak of a cold sore. Such an environment affects your pH balance, which should be 7.4 but it drops below 7 and this gives a favorable condition for the virus. How to maintain that pH balance? Check it below:
- Avoid eating acid foods such as tomatoes, citrus, carbonated soda or any foods that contain vinegar.
- Apply sun block before stepping out.
- Stress increases the acid level. Do meditation and manage your stress level.
2. Avoid high arginine food!
A protein called "Arginine" in our body, is a critical building block for creating the herpes virus. The virus needs plenty of arginine to get activated. If the virus gets to the surface and cannot find enough arginine, then it retreats. You need to stop the amount of arginine in your body cells.
How to reduce the Arginine?
Increase the amount of Lysine protein, as it replaces some of the arginine in the cells and prevent the virus. Eat high lysine food prior to or during the cold sore. Meat, cheese, milk, yogurt and other dairy products should be included in your diet. Avoid arginine food such as nuts, seeds, grains and chocolates.
3. What causes you a cold sore? Know your triggers and prevent it!
Cold Sore triggers may vary from person to person. What are your triggers? You can avoid those triggers, if you know it before.
Main trigger of such virus is the weaker immune system. How to strengthen the immune system?
a) Eat a balanced diet including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
b) Adopt a healthy lifestyle. Exercise regularly, drink enough water, limit alcohol consumption and get a plenty of sleep.
c) Do meditation and reduce your stress level.
Know your triggers well in advance and treat them. This will prevent the cold sore outbreak.
Don't allow the virus to form into a cold sore and prevent it as early as possible.
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