Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 (HSV-1). This virus lies dormant for the most part of its life but when it gets triggered it attacks the sensitive parts of the face. There is not a lot that is more embarrassing than having a big open cold sore on your lip.
There is no limit for this virus; it can attack continuously any number of times. If you are facing a cold sore for the first time then you need to consult your doctor for advice. One common method to make the virus dormant is to use DMSO (Di methyl Sulf oxide). Dimethylsulfoxide is a very powerful medication for cold Sores as it kills the cells which cause the sore. The cold sore dies when these cells are killed and the virus becomes weak and dormant. Dimethylsulfoxide liquid has the ability to permeate living tissue. This gel is available in various concentrations. Generally it is recommended to use 70% concentrate cream (do contact your doctor about exact guidance). Results also have shown that people using DMSO had a quicker recovery than non-users. It is a potentially safe liquid and it is useful for recurrent herpes.
DMSO medication can be used in conjunction with other medications such as oral acyclovir. It is generally recommended that DMSO be used on alternate days or every other day. Please read the DMSO disclaimer and also take advice of your doctor before using these products.
Visible blisters due to this virus last for 9 – 12 days and after this period virus enters into remission period. There are two types of herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2. Type 1 herpes simplex virus attacks the body parts above the waistline and type 2 virus attacks the body parts below the waistline.
There are anti-viral medications and tropical treatments for this virus. There are also reported cases of cure from alternate medicines. During visible viral attack one should take adequate care of not transmitting this disease to others.