Cold sores and ‘that time of the month’ are not a good combination for women. Fever blisters occur regularly just before your period starts. So, what’s the reason why you get cold sores every month during menstruation? We’ll answer that question, and provide ways to reduce the healing time.
Once the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) enters your system, the virus lies dormant in a cluster of nerves near your ear. It lies dormant until it is awakened by one or a combination of cold sore triggers, one of which is your reproductive cycle.
Cold sores also appear close to the same spot, every time you get one. The stress and hormonal changes that you go through during your period are what ‘wake up’ the virus. There’s more stress being placed on your body than there is usually. Your body’s working much harder, you’re probably not sleeping as well, and your immune system has been compromised.
Now that you know why it happens, it’s easier to prevent it from happening. It all starts with a greater awareness of your own body and taking certain actions to reduce the likelihood of an outbreak. This will enable you to minimize the period of discomfort.
Never burst a cold sore as this could spread the virus, and/or infect others. Treat cold sores straight away with HERP-B-GONE, at the first signs of an outbreak. You know when you’re likely to get a cold sore, so apply the cream to the area a few days before it normally happens.
Healing Cold Sores before Your Period
You know when your period is on its way because you’ll suffer from cramps and feel pretty rough. You may also notice other visible skin issues, such as acne. But, cold sores can show up a few days before the cramping and general discomfort starts.
Menstruation wreaks havoc on your body. Mood swings, irritability, bloating, etc. Cold sores will add more aggravation to a bad situation. There is good news here, though. You don’t need to have cold sores for up to two weeks.
Most women go through the different cold sore stages, enduring the extra pain and misery for 8 to 12 days, as well as their period. While you can’t do anything to shorten your period, you can help to shorten the duration of the fever blister, as well as the pain that’s associated with it.
Apply a Proven Over-the-Counter Cream
HERP-B-GONE is a cream that is fairly new, but it was created by a doctor and is made with all-natural ingredients. The ingredients are specially blended to work together to provide relief, protect healthy skin cells, and kill the virus.
The formula travels along the same nerve as the virus, creating a barrier that the virus is unable to pass. All that you have to do is apply it your lips, chin or mouth area, before washing your hands. HERP-B-Gone Cold Sore Cream is the easiest way to prevent monthly cold sores.
Natural Remedies & Essential Oils
There are natural remedies that help to clear up cold sores faster, such as tea tree oil. It has been used for centuries to heal different skin conditions.
The natural antifungal, antibacterial, antibiotic, and anti-inflammatory properties this essential oil will speed up the healing process. It will shorten the life of the sore from two weeks to a few days. Apply diluted Australian tea tree oil directly to the area a couple of times each day until you get results.
Take Lysine Supplements Regularly
When you’re aware of the first signs of a cold sore, you can get it treated at an early stage. You can lessen your chances of getting fever blisters during menstruation. Many doctors recommend taking a quality Lysine supplement daily, and a mixture of Lysine, Zinc, and Vitamin C when the cold sore is active.
The suggested dose of Lysine is to take 1,000 mg. 3 times a day, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This is when the sore is starting to form. Also, you should take 50 mg. of zinc a day and 500 mg. of vitamin C. Watch a video about how Lysine helps cold sores.
Prevention of Cold Sores during Your Period
Your menstrual cycle brings many hormonal changes – acne, cravings, weight gain, cold sores, and possibly other things that you have to endure month after month. You can’t stop all of them from happening, but you can help ease the pain of cold sores. Here are some tips:
- Go to bed earlier. You’re likely to be run down, which reduces your body’s ability to fight off the herpes simplex virus.
- Drink plenty of water so that your body is properly hydrated. Additional hydration will help to prevent your skin from cracking.
- Avoid consuming too many acidic foods, like oranges and pineapples. Eat more alkalizing foods, such as soybeans, milk, and unsweetened yogurt.
- If you go out in the sun, wear a protective lip balm that’s a minimum of sun protection factor (SPF) 30. This will prevent the lips, and corner of the mouth, from cracking due to being overly dry.
- When it’s cold outside, wear a protective covering around your mouth, such as a scarf.
- Avoid dental treatment when you’re vulnerable. Trauma to the mouth could potentially lead to a cold sore outbreak.
- Take Lysine supplements daily, and you’re much less likely to get a cold sore. If you do get one, it’s likely to shorten the length of the healing time.
Combined with stress and hormonal changes, a cold sore just makes life more difficult. With the remedies mentioned above, you now know how to reduce your chances of getting a fever blister. All that you need to do is boost your resistance and use a treatment when you notice a tingling feeling on the lip.
You can stop a cold sore as soon as you feel, or see, the first signs. By doing that, you won’t have to deal with the added aggravation every month. You still have to treat it, but you will have HERP-B-GONE on hand – a treatment that actually works!