We know that something out of the ordinary is going on around our lips when they start to tingle and feel a little numb. Sometimes, we do not pay much attention to it until the lip starts to throb. At first we may think that it is a zit because it is red and tender, but then it blisters and opens up. Now you know it’s not a zit but a cold sore or a fever blister — different names the same presentation.
Cold sores are very common — if you have it, chances are you picked it up when you were a kid. Most people who are infected with the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) got it during their preschool years, most likely from close contact with someone who has it or getting kissed by an adult with the virus.
These painful blisters may manifest:
~ On or around the lips
~ On the face,
~ In the mouth and
~ Inside or on the nose.
These places are the most common, but sores can appear anywhere on the body, including the genital area. Genital herpes isn’t typically caused by HSV-1; it’s caused by another type of the herpes simplex virus called herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2) and is spread by sexual contact.
How does the virus “wake up”?
After you got infected, the herpes virus “sleeps” in a group of cells in your body called ganglion. The virus may “wake up” when your immune system is compromised, like when you get a cold or when under stress. Sunlight, cold weather, hormone changes in menstruation or pregnancy, tooth extractions, and certain foods and drugs also carry the potential to re- activate the virus.
Helpful hints to prevent herpes break-outs
As soon as you start to get the “tingling” sensation or when you feel like you are about to come down with a cold or after being exposed to some of the conditions mentioned above you may want to consider the following protocol:
L-Lysine: take up to 6,000 mg/day until the tingling disappears.
Garlic Supplement: take up to 3 caps/day. I recommend Allicillin form Designs for Health, it’s the strongest that I have found thus far.
Chinese herbal formula Long Dan Xie Gan Tang (Gentiana combination): dosage depends on individual presentation.
Dietary adjustments: during a herpes break out it is important to cut back or avoid foods that contain the amino-acid argenine. Tree nuts rank first in the foods to avoid. For a complete list of foods containing argenine please, follow this link
You can also take a look at this article regarding how Vit D excess may be a contributing factor for a herpes outbreak.
As always, please follow your intuition as for what feels like the right course of action at this particular time and place in your life!