Who does not know them, the annoying small but painful cold sores in the oral cavity or on the lips. Around 90% of the total population carry the herpes simplex virus, which is why the vesicles can appear at any time and often. In 10-30% of virus carriers, these annoying symptoms recur again and again.
How does the infection take place
The infection usually occurs in childhood and lasts for life. As a rule, type I (herpes labialis) causes infections of the oral mucosa, tongue and lips, while type II mostly affects the genital organs or urethra (genital herpes). The virus is contagious and is transmitted through kissing or sexual intercourse. In very rare cases, inflammation of the brain can also occur (encephalitis)
How long does the disease last and what means are known against it
The symptoms last for 10-14 days and the blisters then go away on their own. Because of the pain, patients try everything to get better sooner. Various antiviral and disinfecting creams usually have an unsatisfactory effect, as do oral anti-viral drugs. Countless home remedies are also used more or less successfully.
Artemisia for herpes
The mugwort plant Artemisia annua contains 245 proven active ingredients, including virus-inhibiting artemisin. Dried Artemisia leaves in powder form and Artemisia cream have an excellent effect on herpes simplex infections. The next time you have cold sores, please give them a try. However, it must be used at the first signs, not after a few days, so it should be in the medicine cabinet.