Most people take action against a disease when the symptoms are there that are affecting their daily routine. This is particularly true for cold sores. The technical expression for this is acute treatment. There are many drugs available for the acute treatment of cold sores once they are there on the lips: Aciclovir Valaciclovir Penciclovir These products are sold as creams and have to be applied frequenty during the day. The active ingredients are pharmaceutical compounds suppressing reproduction of the herpes virus (Virostatics). Zinc Sulfate […]
Many people affected by cold sores wonder whether there is a connection between cold sores and chickenpox. Chickenpox is also triggered by a virus from the herpes family namely by the Varicella-Zoster-Virus, also called shingles. This virus normally is transmitted during childhood by saliva and it causes itching blisters. Afterwards the patient is immune to this form of the disease for the rest of his life. But the virus which stays in the body can be reactivated when the immune system is weak. This can […]
The answer is: yes, it can, even though not so often. An open cold sore could lead to an infection of the eyes through a smear infection by wiping the hand across the face. However infection of the retina (inside at the back of the eye) is of a particularly dangerous kind. If the virus invades the eye and infects the retina this may be destroyed. This, of course can lead to blindness1). Fortunately this is a rare event. In other infrequent cases it has […]
Going to weddings can be a chore, a challenge or a delight, or, it can be the world’s worst time. There you are on show to the world, cameras everywhere, tweets, instagrams and whatnot being posted to every wall in creation, videos streaming and you, you’ve got a huge cold sore. Nothing on earth is going to hide it and in a connected world everyone will see it! Well, as a guest you can maybe hide yourself away to some extent in the church and, […]
The Herpes virus – more precisely the one responsible for cold sores – is the most widespread virus in the world. The scientists name it Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV I). 85% of the population carry this virus. Is this a reason for being worried? No it usually isn’t. Most of the people even don’t know they have this virus in their body. They don’t suffer from cold sores nor from the other symptoms normally associated with outbreaks. Another question people ask is: Can I […]
The Health Care Company Devirex Ltd (Switzerland), manufacturer of the cold sore prevention product lipivir®, publishes figures from its own market surveys on the prevalence of cold sores for the first time: In Europe 33% of the population suffers at least once a year from cold sores. Between 8% and 10% of the population have three or more, 1% have eight or more relapses per year. In the UK: In 2014 the population was 64.1 million. 21 million people have cold sores once a […]
Cold sores caused by the herpes virus type I (HSP one). This is the most commonly seen virus in the world. As reported in a variety of sources 87% of the world’s population carries the virus. That means that in the UK 56 million people have it Europe 350 million people have it in China 1.2 billion people have it worldwide 6 billion people have it But a great many of them don’t know it. They live their lives never knowing it lives in their […]
Cold sores are one of the world’s most common diseases. Many well known people and celebrities suffer from this form of herpes and have blisters and sores regularly. Many different publications have featured pictures of this.