Cold sores or fever blisters are usually associated with a lot of misconceptions. These are mainly related to the cause of cold sores and symptoms. Many false beliefs are related to treatment options for cold sores and a good number of people think that cold sores are just a curse from the heavens. Now, we know that cold sores are a viral disorder in which viruses enter the nerve cells and ultimately express themselves in the form of skin lesions. Recent studies on cold sores have discovered many new facts. Let us have a quick look at facts and statistics linked with cold sores.
Facts and Figures
- More than 90 percent of world population is affected with the causative agent of cold sores. It is just a matter of luck and level of body immunity that dictates that whether disease will occur in the patient or not.
- Around 57 percent of world population experiences a cold sore outbreak at least once a year. This is a very high ratio but only a limited number of patients know about the presence of this disease. It is worth noticing that almost 25 percent of world population in spite of having the virus in their body never experience cold sores in their life.
- Cold sores are petty common in US as around 60 percent of population is infected with the causative virus. The main mode of acquiring virus is through natal contact with the birth canal of the mother.
Are cold sores treatable?
A lot of myths are raised about the cold sores and their treatment. Many people believe that cold sores are not treatable. This is true to some extent but there are some measures that we can take to prevent cold sores from occurring.
As viruses are impossible to kill we can say that there is no absolute treatment for cold sores. Most of the vaccines made to immunize against cold sore viruses are not effective. The only method of saving ourselves from these embarrassing attacks is by using different methods of improving our immunity. Taking regular meals, having a balanced diet, doing regular exercise and doing yoga are few things that can improve your immune system remarkably. Once your immunity level has improved you can expect yourself to fall in those 25 percent of the world population that never experience cold sores in their lifetime.