Labial cold sores, popularly known as cold sores, are a benign condition that is nevertheless annoying and recurring. Cold sores are small painful vesicles, or blisters, that often appear around the lips and mouth. After a first infection, the virus remains in the body during a person’s entire lifetime.
The symptoms disappear on their own within 7 to 10 days. Recurrences are often preceded by the following symptoms: tingling, itching, burning sensation and numbness around the lip area. In the hours that follow, the small red vesicles appear.
Between 50% and 90% of people worldwide are affected by the virus.
Cold sores appear now and then due to various reasons: anxiety, stress, fatigue, high temperatures (exposure to the sun), dry lips, poor diet, cortisone medication and menstruation. The virus is “activated” and the small herpes lesions flare up.
Because so many people are inflicted with the virus, combined with the fact that it remains permanently in the body, cold sores are very difficult to prevent. Be sure to avoid oral contact with anyone that has a herpes flare-up. For people who already have the virus, here are some tips on how to reduce the likelihood of developing a cold sore:
Although no medical treatment exists to completely eliminate the virus from the body, certain medicinal creams can alleviate the symptoms and lessen the duration of cold sore. However, there are also natural solutions that are as—or even more—effective!
Recommended by the magazines Coup de Pouce* and Moi&Cie**, EMEUCHARLEVOIX’s Lip Balm is known to prevent cold sores and reduce symptoms. It can also minimize flare-ups if it is applied the minute the preliminary symptoms of a cold sore appear.
*Top 10 des produits d'ici, January 2008 edition
**Top 10 des produits efficaces, "Pour en finir avec les lèves gercées", January 25, 2011 edition