What causes cold sores? Cold sores are a symptom of infection by the Herpes Simplex Type 1 virus in the human nervous system. This is not as bad as it sounds (gee, that's reassuring, huh? ) No, really, oral herpes is harmless, annoying, but harmless. However, regrettably, the virus will stay in your nervous system forever. (although I do cover a ‘cure’ at the end that will ensure you don't ever get another outbreak).
How Do You Get Exposed to the Herpes Simplex Virus?
When you have an ‘infection’ you would normally think that you were recently exposed to the germ that has caused the infection. With cold sores this is not the case. Cold sores are not a sign of a recent infection but instead a reactivation of the herpes virus that is already in your body. Cold sores occur when latent herpes simplex virus particles, which have been lying dormant ("asleep"), become reactivated, or ‘wake up’.
Where Did the Herpes Simplex Virus Come From in the First Place?
The dormant virus comes from a previous infection. Your initial herpes simplex infection, which is called “primary herpetic stomatitis, " does not usually immediately cause a cold sore and therefore you may not connect your initial exposure to the virus to the cold sores that you keep getting. Often times, the way you caught the virus was that when you were young a relative kissed you while they had an active outbreak, thereby infecting you with the virus-so now you can thank Aunt or Uncle So-and-So for that kiss of death they gave you at the family reunion when you were 3.
Home Treatments and Remedies for Cold Sores:
A home remedy for cold sore or cold sore home treatments: these are too numerous to mention, and many of them simply do not work. My own experience on home remedies for cold sores is with something concocted by a close friend of mine, and even though I've never been big on home remedies I must say that this cold sore home treatment worked both times for me, and even more impressive is I've seen it work on about 25 other people she's tried it on, consistently!
Please have a look at my friend Grace's solution for the matter:
Cold Sore Freedom -Cold Sores Cured in 3 Days
For additional information about home remedies for cold sores, check out my blog at: Cold Sore Home Remedies