We’re in that time of the year when people gather together to celebrate with family and the end of another year. Unfortunately, it’s also the time when we see a peak in cold sore flare ups. This is also due to the fact that it’s the season where people are more likely to get the flu, are exposed to extreme weather, undergo stress, and are more likely to get less sleep (with all the celebrations). All these situations can set off the development of a cold sore.
Despite the fact that there isn’t a cure for Cold Sores, there are ways to avoid cold sore outbreaks. Some of the most recommended are:
- Avoid Stress – getting enough hours of sleep and avoid placing yourself in stressful situations (i.e. buying Christmas gifts at the last minute), can help prevent cold sore flare ups. Once you have had a cold sore, that virus always stays in your body. For this reason, it is important to reduce stress levels in order to minimize the chances of getting a cold sore.
- Keep your lips moisturized – just like any other area of the body that you protect when it gets cold, it’s also important to protect your skin and lips from chapping or cracking. Using lip balm, face moisturizer and keeping hydrated can help prevent cold sores.
- Wash your hands – washing your hands often, especially after using the restroom, coughing or sneezing, or if travelling is another way to avoid getting an infection, which is when you’re also most likely to get a cold sore. Make sure that you avoid getting in
- Take immediate action – for those who have already had a cold sore, being able to recognize the symptoms before the cold sore appears, such as the tingling or burning sensation around your lips or gums, is a good way to start taking medication to try to reduce the cold sore’s cycle, and for quicker healing.
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