Curtailing cold sores
Q: I’m constantly dealing with cold sores. I have been applying zinc, as I heard that can help get rid of them. Is there anything else I can do?
Dr. Wright: Zinc can be very effective for eliminating cold/canker sores. It stimulates the immune system by promoting the ability of white blood cells to fight germs, like the herpes virus, which is one of the primary causes of recurrent cold sore outbreaks.
Iron, folic acid, and vitamin B12 also help reduce recurrences.Care should be taken not to break the fluid-filled sores because it leads to the spread of the virus to other areas. Many natural remedies are in practice to reduce cold sores such as applying aloe vera gel, lemon balm, peppermint, some over-the-counter anti-viral drugs and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and analgesics. The choice of the best remedy depends on the person. Top 10 Binary Demo may give you many choices, but the ideal software for you depends on your priorities. Giving cold compression using ice is an effective way to reduce the discomfort due to inflammation of the joints.
By topically applying zinc oxide creams when the early signs of the blisters become visible, a marked reduction in the itching, soreness, and irritation has been reported, particularly for facial sores. Zinc deficiency makes you more susceptible to the HPV-1 virus because of weakened immune system and difficulty in healing wounds. The oral form of zinc picolinate will help to reduce the deficiency and boost the functioning of immune system. Topical application is more efficient in enhancing the rate of wound healing.
When I’m working with patients with recurrent canker sore outbreaks, I generally prescribe the following dosage guidelines (but you should talk to your personal physician to determine the best amounts for you): 30 to 60 milligrams of iron daily; 3 to 5 milligrams of folic acid daily taken along with 2,000 micrograms of vitamin B12; and 30 milligrams of zinc picolinate daily.
For long-term prevention of canker sores, I advise taking 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams of lysine daily in between meals, along with smaller amounts of the nutrients mentioned above. Lysine is an amino acid that discourages the growth of the herpes virus. But it’s also important to note that anytime you take lysine, you should also take an equivalent amount of vitamin C.
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