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Where Does a Cold Sore Come From?

February 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 108

The fundamental cause of cold sores is the Herpes simplex Virus. However, before I explain what makes the herpes simplex unique, it is important to understand some of the basic characteristics of all viruses and how they differentiate from bacteria, another common cause disease in humans

There is an infinite number of different types of viruses that exist in nature. A virus is a microscopic organism with the ability to reproduce dependent upon on its presence within another host organism. Viruses infect all types of hosts including plants as well as animals as well as bacteria.

Viruses can transfer from host to host in a multiple number of ways including being carried by blood-sucking insects, the host coughing or sneezing on or near other host organisms and physical contact occurring including sex between the hosts

Under normal circumstances, when a viral infection occurs in humans, this will automatically invoke an immune system response that usually eliminates the infecting virus. Immune responses can also be produced by vaccines which eventually give the host immunity to specific viral infections both at the time of the infection and into the future.. However, some viruses are resistant to either the immune system responses or vaccines causing a chronic (persistent long term existence) infection

Whilst there are a few antiviral drugs on the market they are few in number largely because trial have shown that they are not able to identify and target the virus. This is because certain viruses are able to reprogram its host's cells to make new viruses whose protein structure is drawn from other parts of the body thereby masking the virus from being targeted or identified by the antiviral drugs.Thus the antiviral drug becomes ineffective..

The Herpes Simplex virus is a chronic virus which means that it persists in its host for the long term. There is no known antiviral drug that will eliminate it from the its host, the human body. This means that those who have the virus must develop a response to the disease that aims to contain or control its frequency and duration at the time of an outbreak. These remedies are numerous and include herbs, dietary supplements and heating devices many of which provide some temporary relief from the symptoms of the cold sores but not the triggers that enable the cold sore to expose itself

Nevertheless, whilst those who have been infected with the Herpes simplex virus are infected forever, it does not mean that they are destined to live a life of permanent breakouts. There are many infected people who have very few or any breakouts and therefore enjoy a life without the agony and embarrassment of those that do

Studies of those that have a low or nil incidence of breakouts is continuing but based on current research, regulating lifestyle factors is probably the most influential factor discovered so far. This includes dietary and lifestyle changes including stress management.

Studies of those that have a low or nil incidence of breakouts is continuing but based on current research, regulating lifestyle factors is probably the most influential factor discovered so far

For a more comprehensive approach to dealing with Cold sores more holistically, visit http://www.howtogetridofacoldsorequickly.com

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