Cold sores are highly contagious blister-like lesions occurring inside the mouth or on different areas of the face and they are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1). People who suffer from these sores report being extremely frustrated and embarrassed that they have to go out in public and be seen with these unsightly lesions.
Although there is no cold sore cure, there is a way to learn how to treat a cold sore so it doesn’t have to ruin your social life. Here’s how to do it:
Materials and things you need are; antibacterial soap, lip balm, daily exercise, and a healthy diet.
- Wash your hands frequently with antibacterial soap.
- Avoid kissing or skin contact with someone who suffers from cold sores.
- Avoid sharing personal items such as drinking cups, utensils, razors, and towels.
- Apply lip balm sunscreen. Overexposure to the sun can cause dry lips making you more susceptible to the virus. Use at least SPF 15 .
- Exercise daily and eat well, making immune system strong. The stronger your immune system, the better your body will defend against the virus.
The whole idea is to do your best to prevent getting them, and, if you already do have them, to know how to anticipate their arrival so you can start treatment as soon as possible.
Interesting facts about cold sores:
- Did you also know that you can catch the herpes virus from someone even if you don’t come into contact with their active lesions?
- You may already have the virus without knowing it. Some people wake up one day, years down the road, and find a cold sore in the mouth area!
- Just because you have the virus in your body does not mean you will ever even get a cold sore.