Herpes: Pimples vs. Cold Sores; The CBCD Reviews the Medical Literature

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The CBCD explains how to distinguish a pimple from a cold sore, fever blister, or canker sore and recommends two natural HSV remedies.

New York (PRUnderground) November 27th, 2014

“Infected with the herpes virus? The CBCD recommends taking Novirin or Gene-Eden-VIR.” – Greg Bennett, CBCD

Both pimples (zits) and herpes sores on the mouth are very common. Because they are so common, many wonder whether a developing sore on the mouth is a pimple or actually a cold sore or fever blister caused by the herpes virus. Dr. Yarom and colleagues wrote in a study that “Oro-facial manifestations of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infections are very common, and include primary herpetic gingivo-stomatitis, recurrentherpes labialis and recurrent intra-oral herpes.” (1) This means that herpes sores in infected individuals can show up both in, and on the mouth, the lips, the gums, and the tongue. Dr. Yarom and colleagues are from the Tel-Aviv University in Israel. Dr. Catherine S. Cox notes that while both pimples and cold sores are common, pimples usually show up on the skin of the face, but not inside the mouth. Additionally, she wrote that the fluid inside a pimple is very different from that of a cold sore. In a cold sore, “the drainage tends to be clear rather than purulent or full of pus.” (2) Dr. Cox is a specialist in pediatric emergency medicine, writing for healthtap.com. She noted that because the physical properties of these skin eruptions and sores it should be easy to tell the difference between them. To be absolutely sure, the CBCD recommends visiting a doctor. For those individuals infected with HSV-1, the CBCD additionally recommends taking Novirin or Gene-Eden-VIR.

Click to learn more about HSV symptoms.

The formula of Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR was tested by Hanan Polansky and Edan Itzkovitz from the CBCD in two clinical studies that followed FDA guidelines. The studies showed that the Gene-Eden-VIR and Novirin formula is effective against the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2), and other viruses. The clinical studies were published in the peer reviewed, medical journal Pharmacology & Pharmacy, the first, in a special edition on Advances in Antiviral Drugs.  Study authors wrote that, “individuals infected with the HSV … reported a safe decrease in their symptoms following treatment with Gene-Eden-VIR.” (3)  The study authors also wrote that, “we observed a statistically significant decrease in the severity, duration, and frequency of symptoms.” (3)

Both products can be ordered online on the Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR websites.

Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR are natural antiviral dietary supplements. Their formula contains five natural ingredients: Selenium, Camellia Sinesis Extract, Quercetin, Cinnamomum Extract, and Licorice Extract. The first ingredient is a trace element, and the other four are plant extracts. Each ingredient and its dose was chosen through a scientific approach. Scientists at polyDNA, the company that invented and patented the formula, scanned thousands of scientific and medical papers published in various medical and scientific journals, and identified the safest and most effective natural ingredients against latent viruses.

Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR are natural antiviral products on the market with published clinical studies that support their claims.

Many HSV infected individuals want to know how to treat cold sores. Most people think that creams, lotions or some other antiviral topical therapy is most effective. However, according to researchers from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, “oral antivirals are the most effective treatment for cold sores.” (4) One such oral antiviral is the natural formula of Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR.
“While we believe it is important to be able to distinguish between a pimple and a cold sore, it is even more important for individuals to understand what remedies are available for an oral HSV infection.” – Greg Bennett, CBCD

What other treatments are currently available for a herpes infection?

“Two types of antiviral treatments against HSV are available: topical and oral. The treatments include penciclovir, acyclovir, famciclovir, and valaciclovir. However, their effectiveness is limited. For instance, a meta-analysis of five placebo-controlled and two dose comparison studies evaluated the effect of aciclovir, famciclovir or valaciclovir on symptoms. The meta-analysis showed that oral antiviral therapy decreases the duration and the associated pain of an outbreak by merely one day.” (3) As noted above, there are also the natural anti-HSV remedies, Novirin and Gene-Eden-VIR.

Click to read more about Novirin and the herpes virus, or Gene-Eden-VIR and the herpes virus.


(1)      Yarom N1, Buchner A, Dayan D. Herpes simplex virus infection: part I–Biology, clinical presentation and latency. Refuat Hapeh Vehashinayim. 2005 Jan;22(1):7-15, 84.

(2)      Healthtap.com “Do the fluids inside a cold sore look the same as the fluids inside a pimple or zit?”

(3)      Polansky H, Itzkovitz E. Gene-Eden-VIR Is Antiviral: Results of a Post Marketing Clinical Study. Pharmacology & Pharmacy, 2013, 4, 1-8

(4)      Vanessa N. Richardson, Scott A. Davis, Cheryl J. Gustafson, Cameron E. West, and Steven R. Feldman “Patterns of disease and treatment of cold sores”Journal of Dermatological Treatment. December 2013, Vol. 24, No. 6 , Pages 439-443

About CBCD

About CBCD

The Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (http://www.cbcd.net) is a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization under section 501(c) 3 of the IRS tax code. The center’s mission is to advance the research on the biology of chronic disease and to accelerate the discovery of a cure for these diseases. The CBCD first published Dr. Hanan Polansky’s highly acclaimed “Purple” book, entitled “Microcompetition with Foreign DNA and the Origin of Chronic Disease” in 2003. In this book, he explains how foreign DNA fragments can cause many major diseases. The book has been read by more than 5,000 scientists around the world, and has been reviewed in more than 20 leading scientific journals. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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