Originally Posted by Zeitgeist
So if you get a cold soar is it because you have herpes or what?
I once got a wart and was disgusted to find out it was a strain of HPV but not the sexual kind. Either way, it took months to get rid of. It was a cut that got infected with it, I would kill whatever sleaze was carrying that around.
Yes, cold sores are typically from the HSV-1 strain which is herpes and usually located around the mouth. Whereas HSV-2 is usually located in the genital area. However, you can have HSV-1 in the genital area or HSV-2 in the mouth area. In fact, the first strain is becoming more and more prevalent in the genital area and many researchers agree that the distinction between the "good" and "bad" strains is no longer relevant.
As for your cold sores, I don't know about topical treatments. However, lysine and certain foods are suppose to inhibit the virus. Also, take your zinc for the anti-inflammatory properties.
My friend's mom has cold sores and she swears by this topical cream that's prescribed.. It's suppose to work wonders. I'll get you the name.
Also, are you absolutely sure you have a cold sore (as in HSV-1)? It's highly contagious and I suggest seeing a doctor if this is your first outbreak.