Many people live in absolute dread of having a cold sore, for some it has become a way of life but for others it has become a quest on how to get rid of them.
Cold sores are a direct cause of the virus Herpes Simplex and it is believed that an incredible nine-out-of-ten people who are unfortunate to catch the dreaded virus from someone who is unaware that they have it at the time.
Herpes simplex is more common than you might expect with recent studies showing that at least Â 60 per cent of us have all contracted the virus at some point in our lives disregarding if we actually go on to develop a cold sore.
Herpes simplex can be transmitted through close intimate contact, or kissing with someone who is shedding viral particles, quite often from a visible cold sore, what people may not be aware of is that these viral particles can also be shed from minute lesions that are unable to be seen by the naked eye.
After the initial infection has healed, the virus lays dormant in the nerve cells from which it is able to resurface in the form of a cluster of blisters which are called cold sores which is when the virus is able to escape the bodies immune controls when they are busy fighting off a cold or any other viral illness.
Once you are infected with virus herpes simplex there is no effective treatment that will completely eradicate it from the body but there are many forms of drugs including Zovirax which will help to stop the virus from reproducing and if used early enough shorten the duration ( 7-9days) and severity.
Research is underway to produce new antiviral agents that may yet be able to produce a medication that will have the power to completely clear the herpes simplex virus from the body.