It’s now January 2013 and it seems we are still no closer to curing the cold sore virus that estimates state infects anywhere between 40% and 90% of us depending on what source you check.
Are we about to see a cure on the way? For many cold sore sufferers the cold sore outbreak can literally bring your life to a stop for 10-14 days. The sore spreads and creates such an unsightly scab that many of us feel almost embarrassed to leave our own homes. Well it seems that after all these years now might just be the time the cold sore virus is finally killed off.
While existing treatments on the market can help prevent cold sores or at least reduce them, they never kill off the virus, instead the virus lays dormant waiting for its chance to break out when your immune system is low. But a new lotion that may one day soon hit the shelves and was developed as a by-product of biological warfare technology, will actually kill the virus from the inside out.
Cold sores are a member of the herpes family and it’s technical name is HSV-1, in the UK alone it is estimated that up to 45% of people get at least two outbreaks per year, that’s nearly half the UK population try to prevent cold sores!
Cold Sore Cure On The Way!
When somebody is infected with the HSV-1 virus the carrier keep the virus with them for life, laying dormant most of the time but waiting to attack at any moment your body is too weak to defend against the virus. Many different factors can trigger an outbreak including stress, UV rays, cold weather, anxiety and depression. Leading a healthy lifestyle is known to prevent cold sores, but that doesn’t mean the virus ever leaves the body.
Often they will appear when least wanted, before a job interview or maybe an exam. This is a sign of stress most likely causing the outbreak. The unsightly scabs can be a real pain and if not treated correctly can lead to minor scarring.
The most popular medication on the market today contains the anti-viral drug acyclovir, which when applied to the affected area helps defend against the outbreak but never actually kills it off or helps to prevent cold sores breaking out to begin with.
The new lotion that researchers have now developed will not only stop the attack, but kill the virus off once and for all. The lotion is made up of nano-particles of detergent and solvents in emulsion. These particles are very small and can penetrate the outer coating o the virus and then destroy it.
Professor James Baker at the University of Michigan stated: ‘The potential is tremendous. It is applied to the site of the cold sore and the particles in the emulsion enter and destabilize the virus, causing it to explode and die, welcome words to all sufferers of the cold sore virus worldwide.
While the lotion is currently only being tested on animals human trials are expected to start very soon. The lotion will also work for genital herpes (HSV-2), and could potentially provide a treatment for a range of other viruses such as small-pox and Ebola.
While there is no definite cure just yet, it seems finally scientists may just be a matter of time away from finally curing this virus and potentially leaving the entire planet cold sore free, a welcome thought to all cold sore sufferers and those who spend much time trying to prevent cold sores.
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