Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Why do I get cold sores?
A: The herpes virus (cold sores) has the devious habit of hiding out deep in the DNA of nerve ganglia, where it remains inactive for months or years. From time to time the virus reactivates, travels down the nerve, and starts an eruption.
Common triggers include stress, dental procedures, infections, and trauma. Flare-ups usually become less severe over time.
To help ‘clear the heat’ you might find the Traditions of Tao “HerpEase” herbal formula helpful. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.