Cold Sores

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. They are painful watery filled blisters which form on the lips or the skin around the mouth.1 The virus spreads between people, usually through contact with saliva or direct contact with a blister.1 Below are some simple measures that can be followed to help reduce the number of outbreaks and speed up the healing process:
  • It is important to wash your hands especially after touching the blisters. This helps prevent the virus from spreading to other parts of the body and infecting other people.1
  • Avoid close contact with other people who have cold sores. This includes sharing toothbrushes, drinking glasses, utensils and towels.1
  • Use sunscreen and avoid sun exposure if sunlight is the trigger of cold sores.2
  • If your cold sore is triggered by stress, try relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises.3
  • Pay attention to your general health by eating a healthy diet and avoid getting run down.1
  • Avoid eating peanuts and chocolate. These foods are high in the amino acid L‐Arginine which may trigger cold sore outbreaks in some individuals.4
  • Take a daily multi-vitamin and mineral supplement as nutritional insurance to meet your body’s nutrient needs. This may help reduce the risk of many health problems including fatigue, lowered immunity and impaired cognitive function.5

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