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What are cold sores? Why are they so painful?
« on: 16/10/2008 09:00:38 »
Lyle Rawlins  asked the Naked Scientists:
Hi guys,

I've now listened to all the Naked Scientist podcasts and am enjoying the "Ask the Naked Scientist" podcasts.

I am curious to know why a cold sore can be so intensely painful. The worst pain I have had in my life was from a cold sore, it would throb clear down to the bottoms of my feet. How is it that a relatively small outbreak on your lip can literally shoot pain from head to toe?

After a couple of days of this I had tried nearly every remedy to make it go away and nothing worked. My last, and successful, remedy was to apply liquid bleach directly to the sore. Sure it hurt so bad I nearly wet my pants, but within hours the sore had dried up and the pain was gone.

I still get the occasional outbreak but now at the first tingle apply a dab of bleach and start taking lysine to quickly tame the beast.

Keep up the good work!

Lyle Rawlins

Corona, California

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What arecold sores? Why are they so painful?
« Reply #1 on: 30/10/2008 19:38:41 »
Cold sores are a result of an attack by herpes simplex a virus that is similar to the one that causes chicken pox.  it is a virus that attacks nerves so that is one of the reasons it causes peculiar sensations.

The virus travels down nerves and can be latent for years in the facial nerves and usually emerges to create havoc after the attack of another virus over exposure to sunlight reduced immunity or general poor health and can in rare cases be extremely nasty and cause brain damage.

You catch the virus by physical contact with someone who is infected with the virus.

I would not reccommend treating cold sores with bleach or annoy other violent antiseptic.  It could do much more harm than good

There is an excellent antiviral drug Acyclovir which applied to the spot in a cream should be used to treat cold sores at the first tingle.  This will not only stop the attack bu reduce the chances of further attacks in the future This is now available over the counter in the UK.  A trade name for Acyclovir is Zovirax.

I have suffered from cold sores ever since I was a child but now get them very rarely thanks to the use of this drug.  Unlike you I never found cold sores very painful, a bit tingly when they start and stingy when they have developed into an open wound. however I believe that a more extensive version of the similar virus known as "Shingles" or Herpes zoster which can appear elsewhere on the body (including the genital area) can be very.
 painful.

It is wise to take great care with personal hygiene when one has a cold sore and definitely never kiss any other person while it is active
 

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« Reply #2 on: 26/08/2011 14:18:13 »
Cold sores are painful only because they stay for longer period of time and the virus which causes this infection can not be eliminated completely with help of any OTC treatments. Most cold sore infections can be recurrent and can produce severe skin itchiness, rashes, swollen glands as well as genital herpes. So it is essential to take care of the infection as soon as possible. There are several natural cold sore remedies that are easy to make at home and do not cost fortunes. You can find the best natural cold sore remedies at the following resource.

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Re: What arecold sores? Why are they so painful?
« Reply #3 on: 09/03/2013 16:15:18 »
I have tried just about every product/ice/natural cure/etc.  Best thing I have found by far is viradux-coldsore.  You just use it like a chapstick 4x per day and no more gross cold sores.  I think it's fairly new.  Hope this helps!
 

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Re: What arecold sores? Why are they so painful?
« Reply #4 on: 11/03/2013 21:46:05 »
Quote from: Soul Surfer link=topic=17690.msg202666#msg202666
There is an excellent antiviral drug Acyclovir which applied to the spot in a cream should be used to treat cold sores at the first tingle.  This will not only stop the attack bu reduce the chances of further attacks in the future This is now available over the counter in the UK.  A trade name for Acyclovir is Zovirax.....

......It is wise to take great care with personal hygiene when one has a cold sore and definitely never kiss any other person while it is active

Zovirax is very overpriced when compared to "own brand" acyclovir, all the major supermarkets sell one which is often a quarter of the price of Zovirax, and works just as well, I can assure you. Also, I find that any Acyclovir cream has a relatively short shelf life, 6months tops - it isn't apparent by looking at it, it simply isn't as effective. If you don't suffer regularly, buy a new cream each time for maximum effect (IMO)

SOME coldsore sufferers can transmit the virus, for example, via kissing, even when the coldsore isn't 'active' or apparent to them. It depends on which specific herpes someone is carrying to determine whether this is the case. You can also carry herpes but never suffer the facial/skin blemishes.
 

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Re: What are cold sores? Why are they so painful?
« Reply #5 on: 12/03/2013 18:59:47 »
Last time I went to the doc I was just starting to show the blisters, and along with the Acyclovir he gave a short course of ARV's as well. Not had them in the 6 months since, so possibly it does help. Was not the reason I went there, but nice to have the 2 for 1 treatment, I actually went there to get the repeat script for some hayfever meds.
 

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Re: What are cold sores? Why are they so painful?
« Reply #6 on: 26/06/2015 16:56:20 »
Cold sores are painful because they are deep below the first layers of the skin causing inflammation and nerve damage. The infection causes white blood cells to attack the source of the infection, leading to further complications. To reduce the pain, you can get numbing spray or use natural home remedies, like garlic or aloe vera. I got that info from this blog article here ( newbielink:http://www.interceptcoldsore.com/7-cold-sore-home-remedies/ [nonactive]) in case you want to check out some other natural remedies. Cheers!
 

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Re: What are cold sores? Why are they so painful?
« Reply #7 on: 26/06/2015 20:13:19 »
The bad news is that the virus is now in your peripheral nerve root and hiding there like the terrorists in Somalia. At some random time in the future, they will perpetrate another outrage upon the person of your lip.

That is why Joe Bob Briggs - the drive-in movie critic - says, "Never go home with a girl who says the sore on her lip comes from playing the flute."

The good news is that you live in California and the black-hearted, racist  dogs of the GOP have just today been beaten back to their tents and so no longer threaten Obamacare -- for now. They are political herpes in that regard.

Therefore, if you are covered by Obamacare's affordable health insurance, you can see the doctor and still pay the rent as soon as you feel another one of those bad old sores coming on. In effect you can get a drone strike on the herpes terrorists before they can attack.
 

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« Reply #8 on: 30/08/2016 02:20:18 »
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