The human microbiome is sensitive to a variety of environmental factors including food choices, antibiotic usage, other medications, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and even exposure to glyphosate - leaving us vulnerable to autoimmunity in the long term.
Cold sores are one of the most common recurrent viral infections in the world, with 20 to 40% of adults infected at some point during their lifetime. With concerns over the rise of drug resistant viral strains, researchers have been investigating efficacy of natural alternatives such as lysine, zinc, Echinacea purpurea (echinacea) and Melissa officinalis (lemon balm).
A recent study has shown that formulae containing Echinacea purpurea may be as effective as Oseltamivir, an antiviral medication used to treat and prevent influenza A and influenza B, in the early treatment of clinically diagnosed influenza virus.
Research is still emerging, however with the current evidence at hand, we are starting to get a solid understanding of the exact mechanisms behind this interesting food intolerance, which is often misdiagnosed and underestimated due to its multifaceted symptom presentation.