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Cold sores

A cold sore is an indication that your immune system is run down, perhaps occurring after a stressful time. It can also be triggered by menstruation, lack of sleep, or sudden changes in weather.
Here are several ways to stop the cold sore developing:
Avoid foods that are rich in the amino acid ARGININE - chocolate, nuts, lentils and beans.
Eat more foods which contain the amino acid LYSINE as this prevents the virus replicating -  red meat, chicken, turkey, duck, pork, fish (especially cod and sardines), eggs, cheese especially parmesan, corn and soya.
At the first sign of the cold sore I recommend alternating Zovirax with tea tree oil dabbed on to the lip, several times a day. You could also try propolis cream and Rescue Remedy cream rubbed on. Any of these will help.
At the onset take 1500-4000mg L-Lysine daily, and up to 4g vitamin C. You can take 1g vitamin C and 500mg L-Lysine daily as a preventative measure if you are prone to getting them, or feeling run-down. I find a B-complex helps too. You could also take 500mg propolis.
This should stop the cold-sore in its tracks!