There is currently no cure for cold sores, but thankfully there are ointments and creams available to ease the symptoms. For anyone who suffers from recurring cold sores, it can be important to understand what might be triggering your outbreaks so that, whenever possible, you can attempt to avoid the triggers or modify your lifestyle so that the frequency of outbreaks might be reduced.
What triggers a cold sore?
Below we have listed the common triggers for cold sores. By avoiding these, you could find that you do not suffer outbreaks as often.
Generally speaking, the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) responsible for cold sores only comes out of dormancy when your immune system is weakened. This means that an outbreak could develop when you:
- Are feeling stressed
- Are fatigued
- Have been exposed to UV light (the sun or sun-beds)
- Are suffering from an illness (this could just be a common cold)
- Have been exposed to extreme temperatures (hot or cold)
- Are pregnant or menstruating
- Have suffered an injury to the area around your lips
- Have undergone a dental procedure
- Have eaten foods with a high arginine content (this amino acid helps HSV-1 replicate)
Of course, some of these triggers cannot be avoided – if you require dental surgery, for example, canceling your appointment is not advised and women across the globe know that menstruation cannot be avoided for most of their adult lives. However, by taking the time to find out what triggers your cold sores, you can prepare yourself for an outbreak.
Changes to your lifestyle can help
While carrying a tube of Herstat Lip Care Ointment is a great way of making sure you can apply it as soon as possible if you feel a cold sore outbreak coming on, there are numerous, easy ways to change your lifestyle that can also prove beneficial.
A healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and keeping fit and active are all fundamental in helping your immune system to fight the virus.
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