Skin Problems and Solutions

What You Should Know About Warts And Cold Sores
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A wart is a small, rough, raised lump, caused by a viral infection. There are many different types, varying in shape and site of infection, ranging from the common wart (verruca vulgaris) to genital warts. They can be highly contagious, so never share towels and always wear something on your feet at gyms or swimming pools. Many patients have found this regime (devised by pharmacist Shabir Daya) effective for common warts (but don't try it for other types, especially genital warts). Take lysine daily on an empty stomach; this inhibits viral replication by blocking the uptake of arginine, a major 'food source' for the virus, which it needs in order to multiply. Also take a good immune enhancer, such as astragalus, to help eradicate the virus more quickly from the body. Topically, use a 'paint' with manuka honey and the herb horopito from New Zealand, applied twice a day to the warts. Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) is known for its germicidal properties and the 65million-year-old horopito (Pseudowintera colorata) for its antifungal and antiviral properties.
 
Cold sores are clusters of small, painful, unsightly blisters on the lip and around the mouth and, like warts, are caused by a virus. In this case, it's the herpes simplex virus. This virus also needs arginine to replicate, so it's wise to take a supplement of lysine, as above.
 
Topically, research shows that Melissa officinalis or lemon balm calms the inflammation and itching, as well as having antiviral properties which help to heal the sore quickly. Make your own remedy by mixing a drop of pure melissa essential oil with a teaspoon of grapeseed or almond oil and apply with a cotton bud at the first sign of tingling (or try Liz Earle Spot On, which contains melissa oil).
 
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