Eight Critical Cold Sore Stages

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Let’s look at the 8 distinct cold sore
stages, and what you can do now to lessen
the severity, discomfort and length of your
cold sore event.

Usually 3 to 4 weeks is the average life-
span of a cold sore. Much depends on your
health and choice of treatments for each of
your cold sore stages.

COLD SORE STAGES: #1 – LATENT – Here the
cold sore herpes simplex virus is hiding in
the nerve ganglia near the back of the jaw
on the same side as your cold sore usually
appears. The cold sore virus may “sleep”
for weeks or years without incident. Your
body’s defense “soldiers” keep them in
check. When there is stress in another part
of your body, your defenses may drop at
this location. Then the cold sore virus can
escape and travel to the surface to
reproduce – beginning the active cold sore
stages.

COLD SORE STAGES: # 2 – PRODROME – The cold
sore virus reproductive cycle begins here.
The cold sore virus travels down your nerve
fibers to the surface. This movement causes
your cold sore target area to itch or
tingle. You may notice a burning or dryness
sensation. This stage could last a few
hours to a few days before entering the
more intense cold sore stages.

COLD SORE STAGES: # 3 – INFLAMMATION Your
cold sore virus has now arrived at the
surface and begins it’s reproductive cycle
by entering the cells at the end of the
nerve. This causes a lot of swelling and
redness at the cold sore site as your cells
react to being invaded by the herpes cold
sore virus .

COLD SORE STAGES: # 4 – PRE-SORE – Cold
sores at this stage are defined by the
appearance of cold sore vesicles. A full
blown cold sore is not one big blister but
a grouping of small blisters called
vesicles. You will notice these vesicles as
tiny, hard pimples or red bumps that are
painfully sensitive to the touch.

COLD SORE STAGES: # 5 – OPEN SORE – Your
most painful and contagious of the cold
sore stages. All the vesicles break open
and merge to create one big open, weeping
sore. Depending on the severity, you may
develop a fever and swollen lymph glands
under the jaw.

The weeping fluid is teaming with newly
born cold sore viruses. Touching this
fluid, you could easily spread the cold
sore virus to another part of your own body
or to someone else – either by direct touch
or shared objects such as hand towels,
telephones, and faucets.

COLD SORE STAGES: # 6 – CRUSTING – A cold
sore will develop a yellowish crust or scab
as it begins to finally start the healing
process. Your cold sore is still painful at
this stage. More painful, however, is the
constant cracking of your cold sore scab
when you move or stretch your lips, as in
smiling.

COLD SORE STAGES: # 7- HEALING – Cold
sores, once scabbed over, begin healing
from the inside out. As new skin forms
under the crust, you will experience
continued itching, irritation and some
pain. Your cold sore virus is now
retreating back to the nerve ganglia area
where it will sleep until the next
opportunity.

COLD SORE STAGES: # 8 – POST SCAB – Cold
sores at this stage no longer have a
visible cold sore scab and your skin has
totally healed. Under your new skin,
healing is still taking place as the
destroyed cells are regenerated. This
produces a red spot that may linger for
another 2 to 14 days – depending on your
personal healing speed. You are still
contagious until this red spot disappears.
This waiting is the most frustrating of the
cold sore stages.

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW –

Cold sore over-the-counter medications,
experts agree, are primarily comfort
treatments for the cold sore stages. Some
contain numbing agents that greatly reduce
your pain. Some cold sore medications
contain an anti-bacterial to prevent
secondary infections. None of these cold
sore medications have been shown to
actually shorten the life-span of any of
your cold sore stages.

Medical science has been working feverishly
on a cure for the herpes virus but have
not, as yet, had any real success in
developing an effective cold sore remedy.
Prescription anti-virals, both the oral
versions and the topical salves, have been
a dismal failure for the most part.
Vaccines are being tested but are 3-4 years
out yet. New breakthroughs could be just
around the corner however.

But you don’t need to wait!

More and more doctors now agree. There are
times when natural science just seems to be
the best choice. Often our ONLY choice.
This is certainly true – right now – for
herpes cold sores.

Data studies have shown natural science
remedies can reduce the cold sore events by
as much as 79%.

Yes! And, in fact, actually prevent your
cold sores from taking place altogether.

The great news – these remedies are
available to you today.

If you are a cold sore victim, you would be
well advised to look into these powerful
natural remedies without delay for
shortening or preventing your cold sores.

About the Author:

Denny Bodoh is a newspaper publisher and 33
year veteran research writer on alternative
health and nutrition. If you would like to
know more about herpes and cold sores, and
what you can do about them, visit his
popular site at: http://www.be-cold-sore-free.com

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