Cold sores, fever blisters, whatever you want to call them doesn’t matter. What does matter is that they are annoying, embarrassing, and painful. Trust me, I know your pain. My parents and I first found out that I had contracted herpes simplex 1 as a small child. As you may know, this is a common thing, I may have shared a drink with a friend, or been kissed by an adult who had the virus. I was always very embarrassed by my cold sores, especially because I got them frequently, and with me they usually lasted 10-14 days as opposed to the usual 7-10 days. Because of this, I’ve tried almost every oral herpes treatment you can imagine, with varying success rates.
Growing up, and even up to recently I stuck to doctor prescribed treatments for the most part. Some of these treatments worked moderately well for me, but usually only for a short amount of time. Another problem I had with doctor prescribed oral herpes treatments was the costs involved.
Some of these medications were very pricey, especially over time. I may have been able to justify these prices if the treatments worked for me, but again, my fever blisters would always come back.
Now for the good part of my story. I am going on two years without any cold sores. I have also not bought any prescription oral herpes treatments in those two years. This coming from someone who for over 20 years spent thousands of dollars on treatments, only to see her symptoms come back over and over again. How I achieved this was simpler than most people realize, and it didn’t cost a lot of money, I only had to make a few simple lifestyle changes and my fever blisters were gone forever.
The first steps you need to take to combat this virus are simple enough, but they must come from you. First and foremost, when you have cold sores, constantly wash your hands, especially after you’ve touched one. Avoiding stress is one of the best oral herpes treatments around. Stress is known to weaken the immune system, a weakened immune system is a prime trigger for the herpes simplex 1 virus. And finally you must avoid fatigue, and live an overall healthier life.