Surviving a Viral Cold Sore Outbreak
If you’ve ever experienced having a ‘viral’ outbreak such as cold sores, shingles or even the ‘common cold’, then you know exactly what I am talking about; that moment when you realize (usually by a tingle, itch), you’re getting a cold sore. Even worse is when that ‘cold sore’ then becomes the most uncontrollable sore you have ever experienced! Here is my story and how I dealt with it.
Writing about this is not my favourite topic, but since I have had a personal experience with this I thought I would share my trials and tribulations after having gone through what I like to call ‘Hell’. Seems a bit extreme to be calling it this, however, this is what is felt like to me; I could not work – for a week. I had to constantly monitor the actual sore as it was leaking: yes, seeping a clear liquid all day long- and so it was difficult to try to cover it with make-up as I had to keep a Kleenex in my hand to dab it. Then of course there’s the pain. I know that anyone who has ever experienced this sort of pain knows Exactly what I am talking about; it’s a constant achy pain that persists all day long. At night it pulses. Not only is it physical pain- it is also emotional pain. I felt like I was ruined. It was difficult to go outside. I had to make sure it was covered- but it still was very visible – oh, did I mention it was over the size of an INCH- yes not just a small sore- this one was all over the bottom part of my lip just above chin area. (Wow! That was hard to write…)
Common Causes: Chronic flare-ups are mostly caused by stress, infections, disease, liver toxicity, physical trauma, & improper diet (rich in refined sugars, saturated fat, stimulants, additives). I believe in my case I am sensitive to almost anything that is stress-related (stimulants for running – even though they are all natural – and probably some liver overload as well). For me I need to have a healthy balanced lifestyle or I pay for it!!
Be aware that having dental work done can also trigger a flare, so its important to discuss this with your dentist before having any work done. It’s also a good idea to start the immune boosters a couple of weeks before your dental appointment. (If it’s extensive dental work sometimes a prescription medication is worth considering to help prevent an outbreak).
Nutritional and Holistic Protocol: Liver and blood cleanse; Goldenseal + Echinacea (antivirals- not longer for 5-7 days), Licorice Root (between flare-ups) and Yellow Dock. These are all excellent liver and blood cleansers.
Immune System Boosters: Echinacea, Astragalus and Reishi Mushrooms all boost the immune system, as well as Garlic, and exercise!
Avoid food stimulants and allergens; alcohol, saturated fat, excessive refined sugars and carbohydrates.
Supplements: Vitamin C, 5-7g/day (according to bowel tolerance) during flare-ups, Bioflavonoid complex (to improve vitamin C absorption), Flax seed oil ( 2 tbsp/ day), Lysine-2g day between meals.
Topically, vitamin E and Zinc creams are soothing, as well as application of Licorice in compress. Bergamot and Tea Tree Oils can be applied at onset of eruption. Lavender will help heal an erupted vesicle.
Hope this helps you heal. You could always do a dose of a prescription medication and I have tried however I’d rather stay with the holistic healing as my liver and immune is already compromised. So to survive a viral outbreak, make sure you have everything you need stocked up at home- so you can stay in and heal J