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02-03-2011, 02:28 AM
My ten year old suffers from terrible cold sores from time to time. He has had it since very young. Whilst I am aware it is with him for life does anyone have experience of food, supplements or natural remedies which have considerably reduced the frequency or severity of the virus. TIA.
02-03-2011, 06:32 AM
Sorry to say this but I have been raw for five and a half years and I still get them. I find that if I notice that my lips are dry and I ignore it I am in danger of one and if I am under stress or after a flight.
02-03-2011, 07:23 AM
I've had the opposite experience, I've had them all my life until I went raw.
I've tried everything, and there are a couple of things that I've found to be effective.
1) keeping your immunity up with good, nourishing foods. I found that the times I was immune compromised (i.e. hadn't eaten well, stressed, tired etc.) seemed to correlate with the times I got cold sores.
2) as soon as the 'tingling' feeling started, I used to put ice directly in the area. It slows things down and gives the body time to attach the virus. Even if it doesn't stop the outbreak it can at least shorted the outbreak time and minimise the outbreak area.
3) the amino acid lysine in tablet form. Even though it's a pill, it's a naturally occurring amino acid that prevents or at least shortens the outbreak. Take them as soon as the tingling feeling occurs.
Hope this helps! You might want to look into if there's anything that might be compromising his immunity, food, stress, lack of sleep etc. and maybe add immune booster foods into his diet.
the amino acid lysine in tablet form. Even though it's a pill, it's a naturally occurring amino acid that prevents or at least shortens the outbreak. Take them as soon as the tingling feeling occurs.
I still get them as well, in fact I'm getting over one right now. I also take lysine. I always have a bottle of it (tablet form) on hand. Just as klomasius said, when I feel the tingling I start taking it and continue to take it until it starts to dry up.
I've also tried taking it daily to see if it would keep them at bay, but that did not work for me. So I went back to taking it when I have an outbreak.
My oldest son also gets them and he too takes lysine. *Ü*
02-03-2011, 09:28 AM
I have a client who gets them in the genital area and a couple of things seems to work... one is, aloe vera gel with Lidocaine. (yea, not natural yet, it seems to make a difference) and also, she uses a body wash from TJ's containing Tea Tree Oil. She lets it hang out down there for a bit and seems to stop the issue. Maybe straight Tea Tree oil... or, diluted somehow?
02-03-2011, 05:06 PM
Papayas = high in lysine
02-03-2011, 05:14 PM
Thank you so much for all your contributions. I have plenty to play with now.
02-03-2011, 07:47 PM
oohh, if papayas are high in lysine, you could get him to both eat them and apply them directly to the site (sit it over the site for as long as you can).
02-03-2011, 09:25 PM
Also check which foods that he eats are high in arginines and avoid them. Find alternatives with lower levels. That may help reduce frequency.
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