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What are Cold Sores?

A cold sore is a small, fluid-filled blister that forms on or around your mouth. You may find them on your lips, around your mouth and sometimes, you'll find several clustered together. A cold sore usually starts with a strange tingly feeling on your lip and is soon followed by small bumps that will turn into painful, fluid-filled blisters. A few days after you spot a cold sore, it may blister and scab and it will typically heal on its own within one to three weeks.

What causes Cold Sores?

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. Most are caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), but some are caused by herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Hearing the word "herpes" may leave you feeling a little worried but rest assured knowing that herpes is an incredibly common virus. An estimated 3.7 billion people under age 50 (67%) have HSV-1 infection globally and many people who have HSV-1 have contracted it during childhood.

Since herpes simplex virus is a lifelong virus, you can never fully cure it. You might experience cold sores once or several times throughout your life, and some triggers can cause them to flare up.

These include:

Stress, Illness, Fatigue, Certain foods, Hormonal changes, Dental work or cosmetic surgeries, Injury (especially one near your mouth), Infections, Allergic reactions, Excessive sun exposure

Sven's Island remedy for 'Cold Sores'

Since herpes simplex virus is a lifelong virus, you can't completely cure it, but on the bright side, cold sores will eventually go away on their own within a few weeks. If you're hoping to speed things up or alleviate some of your symptoms, our 100% natural and edible lip balm has proven successful in alleviating the duration of cold sores. It is important to note, as soon as you feel the ‘tingling feeling’ the lip balm must be applied straight away to help prevent the formation of the cold sore.

Medi-Salve - Hydrating Lip Balm

Our 100% natural lip balm is made with edible ingredients and contains the strong antibacterial goodness of organic Manuka leaf oil that is scientifically proven to kill 99.99% of bacteria and reduce the severity of cold sores due to its powerful antiviral properties. This highly moisturising and therapeutic lip care treatment also contains powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients that can be used to help soothe and relieve dry, cracked, and inflamed skin, symptoms often associated with dry lips.

Miracle Manuka - Skin Repair Ointment

Our Miracle Manuka skin repair ointment is a 100% natural, highly therapeutic, skincare treatment that contains powerful anti-viral ingredients that can be used to help prevent the onset of cold sores and reduce the severity of the cold sore once it has already formed.

Always use as directed and if symptoms persist consult your health care practitioner.