Cold sores are those blistery and uncomfortable bumps that are said to be caused by herpes simplex 1 virus. Although, they are unwelcome and unwanted, they still appear without warning. Take note of these great tips to help decrease swelling, combat flare-ups, and avoid being infected with the virus.
Avoid kissing if your partner has cold sores. You might want to hold off lip locking with your partner if he/she has cold sores. Note that cold sores are very contagious and the virus can be spread through direct contact (i.e. kissing). So if you don’t want to suffer as well then you should hold off the kissing until the cold sore is completely gone.
Reduce your stress. Once you have been infected with herpes simplex 1 virus there is a possibility that cold sores will reappear again. Too much stress can make you vulnerable to another cold sore recurrence. Knowing that, you should try to limit your exposure to stress since it can lower your body’s resistance against bacteria and viruses.
Avoid too much exposure to sunlight. Excessive exposure to the sun can cause cold sore outbreak. This is because staying under the sun for too long can weaken your immune system. That said, it is highly advised that you always wear a sunscreen offering at least SPF30 when going out of the house. Also wearing a visor or hat will reinforce protection against the UV lights emitted by the sun.
Apply ice on the cold sores. Cold sores can cause swelling and to reduce it applying ice on the affected area will help a lot.
Get professional medical attention. If you have been experiencing cold sore breakout more frequently or if the pain and swelling are intolerable, seeing a doctor is a must. Your doctor will likely give you a prescription medication – possibly Zovirax – which will combat the virus to encourage healing and prevent future breakouts.