The following is a list of arginine containing foods and their arginine content. They are listed from high to low in each category. Arginine is known to increase viral replication and is especially important to avoid flare-ups of cold sores or while undergoing treatment for HPV.”
Arginine is known to increase the amount of herpes virus present at any given time. As such, it is not universally beneficial to cold sore sufferers. In fact, a substantial intake of arginine can activate herpes simplex one. While that doesn’t mean that you’ll definitely get a cold sore, the likelihood unfortunately dramatically increases.