What Causes Cold Sores & What They’re Telling You About Your Health

What Causes Cold Sores & What They’re Telling You About Your Health

Hey, guys. Dr. Josh Axe here, doctor of natural medicine
founder, draxe.com. In this video I’ll be talking about what a
cold sore is and then natural remedies and treatments to get rid of cold sores for good. If you ever had a cold sore, they can be painful
and also, they are highly contagious. And I’ll be talking about the natural anti-viral
supplements, foods, and nutrients that can help you get rid of a cold score fast in this
video. So let’s dive right in and talk about, what
is a cold sore? Well, here is something you need to know. Forty percent of Americans get cold sores
repeatedly, somewhat on a regular basis. So this is very, very common. Ninety percent of people get at least one
cold sore in their lifetime. Now, until that area, that cold sore is scabbed
or crusted, it is highly contagious. You don’t want people drinking after you,
or if you have someone love, you don’t want to be drinking after them, kissing them, or
doing anything to where you’re exposed to that highly contagious virus on that area.  Most commonly seen really on the outside of
the lips, sometimes around even the cheek area. Usually it lasts about 7-10 days and it’s
commonly confused with a canker sore, but it’s not. A canker sore is more of an ulcer.  Now, here are the causes. Type 1 herpes simplex virus. Okay. So, the biggest thing to know about it, is
it’s viral. So anti-bacterial things don’t work on it. If you’re going to do something, you’ve got
to strengthen your body’s own immune to kill that virus itself. In addition, doing different herbs and supplements
that are anti-viral in their benefit.  Some things to know. Causes of getting this can include kissing,
sharing cups or utensils, or even sharing lipsticks or a toothbrush with somebody who
has that virus on their lips. Here is what it says about someone’s health. Number one, and this is by far number one,
too much stress. If somebody is under a lot of emotional stress,
it can really cause a virus to come out. And I’ll give you an example of this.  It’s not just herpes simplex virus with the
cold sore. And it’s not always just a virus, it can be
other types of bacteria or fungi. Lyme disease is something is an example of
somebody that’s under a lot of stress. Lyme can really sort of overtake their body,
herpes simplex here in this case. Another example is Epstein-Barr virus. If somebody is having a lot of fatigue and
worn down, that virus really can sort of over-take your body when your body gets weak, and emotional
stress will do that. Again, number one thing that will cause herpes
simplex virus in cold sores is too much stress.  Number two here, really excess exposure to
sunlight. If you get way too much sunlight and you’re
getting burned on that area around your lips and face a lot, that can contribute, definitely
not a main cause though. Number three, a weakened immune system. This is the second biggest thing along with
stress, is weakened immunity. If your immune system is just really worn
down, your body can’t fight off viruses.  Here is the thing to know. All of us have different viruses in our body,
even right now we have parasites, we have virus, bad bacteria. We are created to have those within us. That’s normal. But it’s when our bodies get too weak to fight
it off that we really get sick. So again, a lot of times people say, “Well,
I need to go and treat this herpes simplex virus.” You don’t need to treat it. Listen, your body heals itself. Your body will kill it. You just need to work on supporting your body
and strengthening your body to not get cold sores. Hormone fluctuations can contribute, as can
fatigue there as well. Not getting enough sleep, in addition to stress,
definitely some big things that can cause cold sores. So let’s talk about natural cold sore treatments,
remedies, and supplements. Number one, eat immune-boosting foods. Now, immune-boosting foods are going to be
lots of vegetables fruits and especially herbs. And medicinal mushrooms in ancient Chinese
medicine were often used to strengthen the immune system, shitake, reishi mushrooms,
maitake. So doing like a mushroom in a broth soup.  So think about chicken broth. When somebody got sick in ancient China, they
would consume chicken broth with lots of vegies along with, they would do like a ginger tea. Right, okay? So that’s what they would do that it boosted
the immune system. We know garlic and onions are very supportive
of the immune system. The herb ginger. We know, again, chicken broth as I mentioned,
but lots of vegetables especially some citrus fruits like lemon. Those things are all going to help strengthen
the immune system and help you kill off this cold sore.  Number two, supplement with vitamin E. Vitamin
E has really great properties for supporting healthy levels of inflammation. It’s great. It has some anti-viral properties, so you
can supplement with vitamin E. Supplementing with vitamin C. Vitamin C is a natural immune
booster. Again, bell peppers are great. Papaya, very high in vitamin C. Kiwi, strawberries,
broccoli, all vitamin C rich foods. Of course, orange is another citrus fruit
there as well.  Boost your zinc intake. Now, zinc is going to be found in high levels
in things like pumpkin seeds there, but you may consider taking a zinc supplement if you’ve
come down with a cold sore, typically about 30-60, probably 30 milligrams twice a day
of zinc for about 30 days if you’re having that issue.  Take L-lysine. L-lysine is an amino acid that really supports
and strengthens the immune system. And really, it’s going to support your body
in killing off that virus. So doing L-lysine as a supplement daily can
also be greatly beneficial. And then again, using some natural sunscreen. And what I recommend is mixing up some coconut
oil, add in some lavender oil, myrrh essential oil, pomegranate oil, but making your own
sunscreen, or using a really good brand of sunscreen. And again, just not getting over-exposure
to skin.  Now listen, actually getting about 30 minutes
a day of direct sunlight, getting a little vitamin D can actually help boost your immune
system, but you don’t want to get burned. Getting burnt actually taxes your body and
that can actually increase your risk of cold sores. So again, getting a little sun is good, too
much sun is bad.  Here are some other natural treatments to
use topically. Number one, aloe vera juice. Now, aloe vera juice is good for any type
of ulcer or any type of cold sore, burn. It’s good for healing in areas, so apply aloe
vera gel. Use peppermint essential oil. Peppermint oil has anti-viral properties and
has a numbing agent called menthol that’s in the essential oil.  Applying vanilla oil or extract can be a good
option. Drink Echinacea tea. Now, Echinacea is a potent immune booster
and has anti-viral properties. In fact, one of the number one treatment is
drinking the Echinacea tea, but then taking the tea bag you just cooked and actually using
it as a compress on the area for about two to five minutes can be greatly beneficial
as well. And then ice the area if you’re having pain
there as well as sort of a natural way to numb the area.  So listen, cold sores, here’s the thing you
got to know. Number one, be proactive. If you’re a person you know you’re not getting
enough sleep, you’ve got a lot of emotional stress and your diet isn’t good, hey, let’s
fix those problems. Get more sleep, schedule some things in your
week that just help you relieve and reduce stress. Maybe get a massage or just go for a walk
in nature. Here is another great thing. Take a hot bath with Epsom salts and lavender
oil. Do things to unwind and reduce stress. Again, clean up your diet with immune boosting
foods and make sure to get the nutrients, especially zinc, vitamin C and L-lysine in
your diet. If you do that, it’s really going to help
you fight cold sores and get rid of them very quickly.  Hey, if you have enjoyed this live training
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100 Replies to “What Causes Cold Sores & What They’re Telling You About Your Health”

  1. There are a few components to natural cures for cold sores. One resource I discovered which succeeds in merging these is the Carls Cold Method (google it if you're interested) without a doubt the most incredible blueprint i've seen. look at all the incredible information .

  2. A lot of this is bullshit besides stress. I have been getting these since I was 5 years old I wasn't kissing or sharing drinks then. Plus I'm the only person in my family to get them. Thankfully it's only once every two years but that is still to much because they last for 2 weeks until they are gone. The only thing that tends to help is go to the doctor and get the same medication that is used for genital sores it works only if you take it as soon as you feel the tingle. Good luck

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  4. You said on taking lysine ,how long do you take it for ? and theres a warning on it about kidney problems .Seems to be this lysine is protein ,what about people that eat meat ? Thank you for your videos and God bless you and your family

  5. what if their in your nose like mine? that's where I get mine. fever blister that swells and swells up my nose & face..

  6. I have a pea size blister on my lips eeek HELP! It is huge, and its never happened to me before. I have had a cold sore on the sides of my mouth. I got it from kissing someone, but I never had a blister on my lips. 🙁 LOL

  7. HAH! I had to laugh when I saw this!… in the good way! It seems so similar to what can be quickly learned in Thorsdak's Cold Sore Cure. Google it to read why it works, plus how you can boost the process to make it happen in 3 days or less.

  8. Very well, yes, well done! This goes perfectly hand in hand with Thorsdak's Cold Sore Cure. You can find him on google, and if you follow his advice you might be surprised to see your cold sores vanish within 3 days, to never come back!

  9. HAH! I had to laugh when I saw this!… in the good way! It seems so similar to what can be quickly learned in Thorsdak's Cold Sore Cure. Google it to read why it works, plus how you can boost the process to make it happen in 3 days or less.

  10. Hi Dr Axe, I just did a video about Virasoothe, a product that totally CURED my cold sores about 15 years ago! This product worked so well that at the time I wanted to get this product out to the world! It’s funny how God works as I now have a Youtube channel and made a video to share it with others! It also works for genital herpes. I receive nothing from this company I just want to help others who have this embarrassing problem. Blessings to you! Love your videos!!💝

  11. I used a completely natural product called Virasoothe (Made in New Zealand) It is, quite simply the best thing I ever bought. No pain, no itch, no throbbing. It was gone within the day and I have never had another. I'm surprised it's not available everywhere, but you can google it

  12. Hi Dr Axe. My name is Lynda Gorman and I actually created an herbal preparation called Simply Essentials Virasoothe which is guaranteed to significantly decrease or even cure herpes or cold sore outbreaks (I have a one year money back guarantee). It has Peppermint oil in it, as well as several other oils, & herbal extracts recommended for cold sores.

    Beth of Fifty Plus Beauty cured her cold sores using my product 15 years ago and she did a video about it, as she believes one of her missions in life is to help others with this problem. I did not sponsor Beth and she was not paid to do the video. If you want to learn more, just search YouTube for Fifty Plus Beauty Cold Sore Cure.

  13. I'm a 14 old girl looking for remedies in the comment and I'm going for the garlic one I don't know if its a cold sore but… Here I go

  14. If you have a problemo with staph sores , you probably got it when you went to your friendly dental specialist who doesn't clean his drills etc!!!!!

  15. Ugh. Lemon juice kills the virus….it burns yes…but kills it. I havent had one in years since using lemon juice and lemon lip valm by eso. 💯🌶

  16. I'm not sure but ,if anyone else wants to discover cold sore treatment over the counter try Jaffacter Cold Sore Coach (just google it ) ? Ive heard some great things about it and my friend got cool results with it.

  17. I have had cold sores for years, when stressed or run down. Tea tree oil dries it out, helps the process

  18. Just go to your gp & get some Acyclovir tablets. If you take on the first tingle you can stop it coming up .

  19. Hey everyone, the greatest results that ive had was by using the Carls Cold Method (just google it) – definately the no.1 resource that I have ever seen.

  20. When your sick spit out that nasty cold ….lemon is everything drink warm lemon water everyday very refreshing…coconut oil is life …peppermint oil is a blessing … Your sick spit everything out …. Keep home clean open the window a bit to let in fresh air cool air …Put peppermint oil in a hot bath very soothing … Very relaxing

  21. I just had a cold sore about a week ago luckily mine don't get bad and I can't even tell that I have them and it went away after a day it's been over 13 years since I last had them

  22. I got one last nite. I put Hand Sanitizer on it and Blistex. Almost 24 hours now and I feel it going down to nothing.

  23. I hate thm cold sores i normally get thm during summertime I don't know why…. ? I been having that problem since I was like 8 yrs old 😢

  24. I get them whenever i touch cats or dogs and then touch my eyes, mouth, or nose is there any way to prevent this?

  25. Unfortunately I deal with the symptoms…
    Not anymore. Since the embarrassment hits like a mack truck, I've always tried to take this or that and do this and that…. well it's been 3 years and no out break…
    I've always told myself that once I have my retirement insight that I would try to sell my cure. I'm not looking for billions but I do need a bucket or two….

  26. L-Lysine is BAE! I typically take 1 L-Lysine daily on an empty stomach and when I feel symptoms coming I take 2 in the morning and 1 toward the end of the day. Drink plenty of water no matter what. On the spot that tingles or itches I apply a mixture of tea tree oil and coconut oil to my lips. Hope this helps someone! 🙂

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  28. Just stopped going down on women and stop going on men that's one of my coworker told me when I had a cold sore…. Kind of made me laugh but is it true?

  29. There are many factors in treating cold sores naturally. One resource I found that succeeds in merging these is the Carls Cold Method (check it out on google) definately the no.1 guide that I've seen. Check out the awesome information .

  30. Sooooo… I've got one, never had one. And I've been trying everything… I've been under alot of stress lately and I now work in a Vietnamese restaurant… We do a chicken broth with the mushrooms on the side with lemon and hurbs…… I can just have that for lunch 🙂

  31. ⚠️⚠️⚠️Haven’t seen anyone else mention this ⚠️⚠️⚠️

    If I have even a drop of citrus (lemons, lime, orange, grapefruit) I will wake up with a cold sore the next day. Even if it’s a garnish on a plate of food and I take it off and eat the food, I will get one. After 13 years I finally figured it out, and have tested it out a million times the last 11 years so I know it is true for me. Maybe this could help someone else if they are also triggered by citrus.

    It’s crazy to me that they recommend citrus when it is a known trigger for some people. I avoid citrus at all costs but sometimes when trying new drinks or foods I won’t be aware it’s incorporated and I will know the next morning

  32. Thank you, I needed this I got a cold sore this Saturday 😳. I have a two month old, so the lack of sleep, stress, etc…do I have to modify any of this if I am breastfeeding?

  33. What about lip swelling that isn't viral, but it has happened way less often since I was a child and isn't contagious?

  34. I havent gotten a cold sore in years then I got the flu vaccine last week and got a cold sore a few days after. Could it be related to the vaccine?

  35. I have been suffering with cold sores for 30 years and have not had a single cold sore for officially a year!!!! If you suffer with these ALL you need to get is L-Lysine tablets that you drink daily. It contains aminos that protects you from getting these awful blisters!

  36. I get cold sores only in the winter, but it happens once I get a fever. My immune system is so bad no matter what I do to help it.

  37. Thank God for Abreva.. I get like 2 a year and Abreva makes them go away in under 3 days and they never turns into a full blown blister, it goes straight to the scab.

  38. What happened if your cold sore becomes to bleeds out and what should I use? I been trying to use Ice , ice stopped the bleeding and Using lip bomb prevents to stop bleeding as well but need to get rid of it ASAP

  39. The best thing to get rid of is “Use Lip bomb” it actually works. I brought so much and use it on my babydaddy and it’s gone

  40. I have suffered for years and as I get older the frequency increased, but what has been a virtual "miracle" has been the discovery of body Ph level, with too high an acidic level. We drink coffee, alcohol and a high sugar diet – these are all high acid foods/drinks which in turn allow and support virus activation. The very simple and cheap answer is to take Bi Carb, simply dissolve about a 1/8th or 1/4 teaspoon of Bi Carb in a small amount of water or other drink and consume 3 times a day, it has been a miracle for me. The only natural cures that I have had any success with in the past has been to not consume chocolate/nuts as they contain very high amounts of Arginine amino acid which stimulates the Herpes virus and I would subsequently take Lysine amino acid to counteract the Arginine but it is expensive and requires constant dosage and much higher dosages during an outbreak, I have not had an outbreak since consuming Bi Carb, give it a try you have nothing to lose and everything to gain, I hope it works for you all. (I am also able to once again consume and enjoy coffee/chocolate/nuts finally)

  41. Whenever I get this on my lips, I sleep at least 10hrs to recover, and put a lot of ointment. Then, in 3 days, I can remove it.
    It's so irritating and embarrassing. Although I have lived like a nun, I got this when I was a little child. I can't even understand how I got this thing…

  42. Tumor necrosis factor alpha is also likely a culprit in some cold sores, especially those people like me with slightly lower WBCs. It is an immune inflammatory cytokine which can attack our own body if these immune cells are out of control.

  43. I use salt on a q-tip and I put that on my cold sore. What I do is I grab a q-tip I dip it in water so the salt sticks and then I pour salt on my q-tip and then I put it on my cold sore and I hold it there for about 30secs to 1 minutes. And it goes away fast. If you catch it at the first stages before it gets big it will be gone by the next day, but if you use it when it’s big it will take 3 days. It will burn but the burn is so worth it to get rid of cold sores.

  44. I've struggled with this every 3-6 months since I was a kid and think I finally cracked the code! Just don't eat arginine foods…. almonds, grains, chocolate, beer etc. That's pretty much everything I love to eat, but I digress. Mind you I have tried everything over the counter, even the little electrical zapper from the UK and nothing works for me. Here is what I tried and my cold sore was gone in 2-3 days time. 1 clove of garlic chopped up and added a table spoon of raw honey and ate that twice a day. Mixed peppermint & lemon balm essential oil with coconut oil and added that to affected area throughout the day every couple of hours. At night I would Ice for 10 minutes, use a paper towel don't put the ice directly on your skin. Then just before bed I would make a salve with lavender essential oil and raw honey and coat the affected area while I slept. Boom! it was gone faster than ever before. I also went to bed early and slept for at least 8-10 hours those nights too. I already take a 1000mg of l-lysine a day and am going to add turmeric to my daily routine to see if that helps. Also going to start protecting with HL30 everyday to protect from the sun. Dr Axe is the man! Thank you so much for all you do! keep up the great work.

  45. Something that has helped me is pharmaceutical grade Lysine powder. Mix a little into a liquid like paste with filtered water and use a q-tip to dab onto area. Let dry affected area. Do that atleast 3 or more times a day till blister dries out and then use a Lysine chapstick till it heals completely

  46. I used to get cold sores often until I started taking vitamin C (2,000 mg twice per day) and that seemed to keep it at bay most of the time. I stopped taking pills of all kinds and now put an orange in my daily smoothie which seems to keep them away about 90+% of the time. It seems that not all oranges are created equal and have the same amount of vitamins and minerals. Food is medicine!

  47. I get severe cold sores in my nose and sometimes it’ll be right under my nose. I’ve never got them on or by my lip. Not only does it hurt but the nostril that my cold sore is in it will make that whole side of my face swollen and that eye super irritated, watery, and sore for days. I use Abreva and take L-lysine but nothing seems to help.

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