Cold sores, also known as herpes simplex virus 1, are pretty common and once they enter the body the virus can remain dormant in the nervous system for several years or life. .
Outbreaks usually occur when (1) the immune system is affected (during infections) (2) there is physical or emotional stress, (3) there is excessive exposure to sunlight, (4) you have nutritional deficiencies and (5) when you have an allergic reaction to foods and drugs.
Conventional treatment for a cold sore is to just let it run its course, apply topical antivirals or use pain-relieving medications.
However, naturopathic therapy focuses on enhancing the immune system so you arent so susceptible to herpes outbreaks.
To prevent outbreaks, focus on stress management and your nutritional intakes by increasing your intake of immune system building foods that are rich in amino acid l-lysine. This includes legumes, vegetables, fruit, and healthy fats.
Also it is important to reduce intake of foods that may contribute to viral replication such as peanuts, almonds, and wheat.
Naturopathic options to consider to prevent these outbreaks or lessen the severity are: l-lysine, lemon balm extract, lomatium root, vitamin C, zinc and propolis tincture.
Remember the key is to have a resilient immune system that can fight off any infection, including the herpes virus. Natural therapies can make a dramatic impact in reducing outbreak recurrences for people who already have herpes and possibly prevent it in those who dont. .
Everyone deserves a chance at wellness and strength. So if you have the opportunity to direct your chances in a positive direction, take advantage of it and take control over your health🌚