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Lysine and Cold Sores - Will It Cure All Cold Sore Problems?

Jul 17, 2008
Lysine and cold sores are enemies. Read this article now. You will finally know what works and what does not when using lysine for cold sores.

Lysine for cold sores is a hot topic right now. We are seeing more and more proof every day for successfully using lysine for cold sores.

Why can lysine stop cold sore, fever blister or oral herpes outbreaks? How do I use it for best results?

Great questions.

But before we look at the use of lysine for cold sores, we should first understand the actual cause of a cold sore.

It is the herpes simplex virus that is the cause of all cold sore events. You may call them a cold sore or a fever blister. Whatever you call them, they are identical oral herpes sores.

An extremely contagious virus, it currently infects about 89% of humans around the world. The majority of these people catch the herpes simplex virus before 12 years of age.

The herpes virus is usually dormant in the nerve ganglia. This is root of the nerves behind the ear, where they connect with other nerves. Oral herpes cold sore events only occur if this virus becomes active.

The herpes simplex virus will become active to produce new virus. Since it lives in the nerves, it can quickly tell when your immunity drops. Stress of any sort can create the right conditions for cold sores to happen.

Herpes virus moves to the surface through the set of nerve fibers that it has chosen to occupy. At the surface, each virus particle picks out a nerve cell to enter.

The cold sore virus then makes the cell create new virus copies. Once the cell is filled to capacity, it bursts open and the new virus gushes out, looking for a home.

Your open cold sore is caused by this destruction of millions of adjacent cells.

Arginine is a common protein fraction (amino acid). It is the primary protein needed to build new herpes virus. It is found, to some degree, in most foods. Arginine is particularly high in chocolate and nuts.

Your cells will store arginine in a specific spot within the cell membrane.

Lysine is another essential amino acid - commonly found in fish and most dairy products. This is one protein that cannot be used to construct new herpes viruses. In fact, it is like putting water on a fire.

Lysine and arginine share the same storage area in your cells. The more lysine you put in storage, the less room for arginine.

It is easy for you to drop your stored arginine levels by taking in higher quantities of lysine. This is a proven method many folks use to reduce duration or occurrences of oral herpes cold sore wounds. Lysine extinguishes the cold sore fire.

You can increase your lysine levels with a diet rich in vegetables, fish and dairy products. Also, not eating high arginine foods, such as chocolate and nuts, will help reduce your arginine levels.

The trouble is, changing your diet as a way to stop cold sores, fever blisters or oral herpes is not always practical. The best bet for most people are lysine capsules or tablets. They are quite cheap and available everywhere.

With lysine capsules, you can change your intake based on your need. And you often do not have to give up the foods you love, such as chocolate or nuts.

Two to five grams (2000 to 5000 milligrams) is a common dosage during an oral herpes cold sore outbreak. Between sores, folks take 500 to 1000 milligrams per day as prevention maintenance.

But, this is where you need to be careful.

Lysine for cold sores is awesome when taken as an internal remedy. But it has not been very effective when put directly on the sore.

At the store there are cold sore remedies - salves containing lysine - designed to put directly on the sore. Lysine works inside the cells. It does not absorb well when placed on the surface. Do not waste your money.

Lysine for cold sores is one of the more proven and convenient cold sore remedies that you should be using.

There is much more you should know about lysine for cold sores - and other great cold sore remedies. But, there is just not enough room to cover it all in one article. It would be to your benefit to explore some of my other free articles.

Whether you want to shorten the duration or to prevent future outbreaks, lysine is powerful medicine. But, keep this in mind. There are several other excellent cold sore remedies for you to try. They may be even better for you than lysine for cold sores.
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