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Cold sores

There are many possible causes, which is one of the reasons that these painful little sores are not that easy to resolve. One of the most common and obvious cause is a dental problem, such as ill-fitting dentures, sharp edges to the teeth, biting inside of mouth while eating, etc... But immunity plays an important role!

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What is Herpes virus hominis?

Cold sores are a common infection caused by the virus Herpes virus hominis. Two types of viruses are recognised, simply named Type 1 and Type 2. 

  • Type 1 is responsible for the recurrent ‘cold sores’ found around the mouth and sometimes the face.
  • Type 2 is responsible for the lesions found on the genitals.

Type 1 herpes infection is very common, and most adults will have had the infection at one time or another. The virus however can lie dormant in a few individuals, and recurrent cold sores are seen. This is particularly so if the individual has a weakened Immune system. 

What goes wrong?

There are many possible causes, which is one of the reasons that these painful little sores are not that easy to resolve. 

  • One of the most common and obvious cause is a dental problem, such as ill-fitting dentures, sharp edges to the teeth, biting inside of mouth while eating, etc. 
  • Food intolerances may also contribute, so check for digestive disturbances.
  • Recent studies have shown arginine rich foods such as nuts, peas, lentils and chocolate may trigger a herpes outbreak.
  • It is common that cold sores appear as an accompaniment to a viral infection causing a ‘cold’ (which explains the origins of the term ‘cold sore’). Whilst the Immune system is fighting the infection caused by the ‘cold’ virus, the body becomes more susceptible to a recurrence of the herpes infection, and a cold sore results.
  • Hormonal changes are known to play a part in some cases of mouth ulcers, so they may pop up repeatedly during menstruation or the menopause.

What to do?

  • Work on your immune system – get adequate sleep and use A.Vogel Echinaforce to modulate immune function and A.Vogel Echinacea toothpaste
  • Get vitamin B, C, iron and zinc supplements
  • Improved diet a high lysine to arginine amino acid ratio may be helpful in fighting cold sores. Examples of lysine rich
  • foods are fish, poultry, milk and lima beans.  
  • Eat less processed foods and sugar
  • Use Dentaforce mouthspray : sprayed onto the ulcer, it really works fast!

What do you think?

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