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Cold Sores

05/24/2016 9:24 AM

When I was a kid in 1950s rural UK, a cold sore was known locally as a pig's foot. They were quite impressive (and ugly), often as big as the end of a pencil, with angular protruding bits quite suggestive of a pig's trotter.

I haven't seen anything like that for years, nowadays cold sores are usually just a small blister.

Anybody else remember that or can suggest a reason for the change? Maybe just improved general standards of health.

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05/24/2016 9:43 AM

I think that was more of a skin allergy reaction.

When I grew up on a farm, my older brother always got that when we were combining oats.

I would get it (not as bad) when I was working with dry white cedar making lawn furniture. But only when I first started working with cedar. after the first out break, it cleared up with a few days and I was good.

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05/24/2016 10:18 AM

I grew up on a farm, but local kids who didn't still used to get pigs' feet!

I got plenty of hay fever type allergies when bagging on the combine.

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05/24/2016 10:47 AM

chaff (or pollen) never really ever bothered me,... until when I left the farm and stopped spending my vacations and weekends helping. I've become more sensitive to allergies.

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05/24/2016 11:26 AM

Probably due to modern refrigeration techniques that allow fresh fish to be consumed more widely, certain fish contain high levels of Lysine which is the anti-herpes amino, and no doubt to a higher protein diet generally speaking....

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05/24/2016 3:45 PM

You beat me to the answer, by a lot. Don't leave off high lysine corn that started being produced after 1975. Lysine seems to cure cat herpes too. That is what a cold sore is - one of the herpes viruses. If you ever had chicken pox, that is also herpes, herpes zoster, and it can lead to shingles in later life, very painful indeed, as I am told.

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05/25/2016 3:55 PM

Yes--We keep Lysine , in tablet form, in the house at all times. Works well, but, as you say, taking it with your natural diet is always better.

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05/24/2016 11:54 AM

Cold sores are caused by one of two herpes viruses.

Most people carry the virus but are not effected by it.

Those that are it can be set off by numerous condition. Stress, fatigue, compromise immune system are a few.

Better drugs to fight it for the people that are severely effect by the virus.

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05/24/2016 1:46 PM

Affect not effect. Cold sores are triggered by sun or wind, or both, on the lips. Can be avoided by suitable application of sunblock, Chapstick or similar.

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05/25/2016 3:58 PM

Chapstick,salves etc, yes, but sunscreen application on open wounds or sores is not recommended...

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05/25/2016 4:00 PM

Many physical ailments (some minor/ others are acute) are known to be due to Herpes viruses. Is it reasonable to have greater concern about the potential for mutation of such viruses since it is known that "Shingles" and "Chicken Pox" are in the same category of Herpes? Shouldn't Big Pharm by out there developing and hawking a pill(s) to treat Herpes viruses. After all, they currently push a vaccine shown to be fairly effective against "Shingles"?

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05/25/2016 4:24 PM

Well so one would think.

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05/26/2016 5:56 AM

Thanks everybody for the comments

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