Cold sore sufferers all over the world possibly know the answer to the question: How do you get cold sores? The virus which causes an estimated seventy percent of Americans to suffer from this affliction is of course the Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 or HSV1. It is one of the most virulent and easily spread of viruses and once you contract it, there is no getting rid of the virus.
So easily contracted is this virus that you can get it from kissing an infected person or even by sharing a glass, cup or water bottle. In some cases the virus has been known to be spread by using infected utensils which have not been properly cleaned. Once you have the virus in your system, no matter what anyone tells you, it will be with you for the rest of your life. So, now that we understand the fundamental question, What is a cold sore, the next obvious question surely has to be what, if any, are the best cold sore treatments?
Treatments I hear you say, have not we just said that once you've got the virus it is with you for life? This is of course something of a vexed question. After all, how can you treat something which is incurable? The real issue of course lies in whether you are talking of dealing with the short term physical symptom of the virus in the form of the sores or whether you are talking about a treatment which addresses the root cause of the issue.
If it is a short term solution that you want then there are a raft of prescription medicines available and even a few home remedies which work to one degree or another for different people. They help shorten the life cycle of the event for some people.
If on the other hand you are talking about a cold sore treatment which tries to address the underlying cause of the matter, then that is an entirely different issue. For any kind of semi permanent or permanent solution to your problem it seems that you need to take a holistic whole body approach to the issue.
The best you can hope to do it seems is to take a number of realistic and quite simple steps which will help to make your body an environment which in itself is an inhospitable one for the HSV1 virus to exist. In doing so, the hope is that you will keep the virus dormant in your system.