Treat Cold Sores with Lysine
Lysine is an amino acid and an effective treatment for cold sores. It can be both taken orally and applied topically to the skin. This amino acid seems to slow down the growth of the herpes virus that causes cold sores to form.
How much of this amino acid do people take when they are using it orally? Most people need at least 1 gram of it through food or supplements each day. Lysine is found in eggs, beans, animal proteins and dairy products. People can turn to supplements to make sure they get enough lysine each. This is especially important during active breakouts.
It is also suggested that you need to restrict your intake of arginine at the same time you are trying have enough lysine in your system to combat the herpes virus that causes cold sores. Wheat, chocolate, seeds and nuts are some of the foods that contain arginine. Arginine is said to diminish the effectiveness of the lysine.
Research results are mixed on whether eating a diet rich in lysine will prevent future breakouts of cold sores or for that fact genital herpes. This means more studies need to be performed in this area to gain definite proof as lysine as a preventative for cold sores and genital herpes. However, research does show that lysine fights off the herpes simplex virus that causes these conditions by blocking arginine in the body. This same research is what suggests that the lysine is more effective when you limit your intake of foods and supplements containing arginine.
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There are also topical mixtures that contain lysine to apply to the cold sores to help speed their healing. These topical solutions also provide moisture and protection for the affected area. Ointments and stick forms are both available over the counter. It is recommended to use a cotton swab to apply whichever form of these topical solutions you choose because you do not want to touch the sores with your hands. You also do not want to use the stick directly to the affected area and then touch it to surrounding skin.
Lysine helps your body absorb more calcium. Do not take high amounts of calcium supplement when taking a lysine supplement. In addition, some people experience stomachache and even diarrhea when taking lysine supplements for treatment of cold sores. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before taking lysine supplements. Pregnancy and breastfeeding both present unique situations for taking lysine. In the video below, several over the counter products containing lysine are reviewed.
Try lysine today to see how it may help alleviate your cold sores. Also, slowly increase your lysine level if you continuously have these sores to see if this amino acid can help prevent future breakouts.