I, like much of the population, suffer from cold sores, a form of the Herpes Virus. Unlike most people though, I don’t get them in the normal location, on the lip, I actually get them on the inside of my nose. This is a strange place to get them, for sure, because it feels like I have a booger inside my nose that needs to get picked, yet it doesn’t go away, and it hurts!
The benefit of having it in this area is that I have a lot less chance of spreading it to others than those who break out on their lips.
I have had this since I was a child and only knew what it was because my dad talked about getting them inside his nose too. I am sure I contracted it from him, as do many other people, one of the many fun things that can be passed from our parents.
I have learned that they pop up mostly when my immune system is low, when I have run myself ragged, spent too much time out in the sun, not sleeping well at night, or if I am actually getting a cold, hence the name Cold Sore. I do my best to keep myself balanced by taking care of my body and sleeping enough, yet sometimes it’s just unavoidable. Thus, I have searched for some simple solutions that really make a difference.
I have done lots of research on how to minimize the duration of my cold sores and how to prevent myself from getting them in the first place. One of the best secret weapons I have found so far for my Cold Sores, besides foundational health guidelines, of course, is L-Lysine. I learned about L-Lysine, along with many other amazing tricks, to help us all feel good and look good. It’s important to note that in my research, I found out that L-Lysine works for all of the Herpes viruses, including the one not talked about as often: genital herpes.
*Supplement disclaimer – Supplements are NOT to be created equal so make sure you get them from a reputable source or from someone who done the research to find the best product.
L- Lysine is an amino acid and a building block for protein that functions as an immunity booster in our bodies. In regards to cold sores, it helps prevent replication of the virus. Our body doesn’t make lysine naturally, so it is necessary for us to consume it in our food. The good news is most people are not deficient in this amino acid because it is present in lots of foods people typically eat. This includes meat, dairy, seafood, vegetables such as potatoes and peppers, and fruits like avocados and pears. When it comes to spending a lot of extra time in the sun, or times when we run ourselves ragged, our bodies can burn through the lysine in our systems faster than normal, affecting our immune function. This would be the major benefit of taking a supplement at times of high stress or sun exposure, even if you don’t get cold sores frequently.
I recommend taking Lysine as a supplement to battle the cold sore from the inside out or to take it when you are outside for a long period of time to prevent cold sores from showing up in the first place. If you do happen to get one though, my go-to is this lysine topical. You can use both, the supplement and the topical, to get it to go away quickly.
Another thing to be aware of is that Lysine and another amino acid, Arginine, compete for absorption, so it is important to stay away from Arginine supplements and Arginine rich foods when you are having a Herpes outbreak.
Arginine rich foods to avoid are many nuts, pumpkin seeds, chocolate, chicken, pork, squash, oats, and wheat.
Instead choose foods that are naturally high in Lysine such as eggs, beets, avocados, mangos, apricots, figs, and papayas.
Happy eating and enjoy playing in the sun,