Have you ever watched the show MythBusters on the discovery channel? If you have not, the show is about a crew of "scientists" who investigate a variety of scenarios (usually taken from the movies) to see if they actually work in real life. They try to disprove the myths using scientific experiments. In the spirit of the show, I thought I would look into the myths surrounding the cold sore cure.
In the MythBusters show, they usually start off by talking about the myth's origin, so I'll try to do the same here. Cold sores have been causing discomfort for patients throughout the world, and there are some scientists who believe that 90% of the world's population suffers from the herpes virus (other known as the HSV-1 virus) in one form or another.
For as long as there have been cases of herpes, desperate patients have searched for how to treat cold sore outbreaks, and many victims have shown a special interest in a natural cure for cold sores. If you've ever suffered from this condition, chances are you've tried various forms of creams and lotions to get rid of the pain. This brings us to the question of the cold sore cure: is it a myth or reality?
To answer this question accurately, we really need to decide what we mean by cure. To most patients searching for a herpes remedy, the word cure probably means the complete eradication of the disease – in other words never having to suffer any symptoms ever again. If this is your definition, then we might have to declare the cure a myth.
Just like many other diseases from the common cold to HIV and cancer, there is no known cure for the herpes virus that causes cold sores. From the doctor's perspective, there are treatments for viruses, but these rarely (if ever) succeed in actually wiping the virus out. Are you depressed? Well you should not be – keep reading.
With all the controversies over cold-sore treatments, you may be wondering if your cold sore will ever be cured. Well, from a practical perspective, if the treatment takes away the symptoms that you the patient were experiencing, then we can say that the "cure" was successful. There are ways to help you get back your normal life and get pretty close to a cure.
Many patients are understandably interested in a natural cure for cold-sores. We should point out, however, that the virus may not have been completely destroyed by your medical or natural treatment, so doctors may not actually consider you cured. Essentially, a successful treatment will lead to cold sore prevention in the future. Even so, from a layman's perspective, you can get rid of the symptoms and consider yourself cured.