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How to prevent cold sores

Cold sores are caused by a virus. You can get it by kissing someone who has it or just by touching the hands of an infected person.

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Unfortunately, once you have it, the virus stays in your system. It lays there dormant until it is activated. The good new is you develop an immunity so that outbreaks are fewer.

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There are also triggers of cold sores including stress, anxiety, certain foods, fever, menstruation and weather changes such as excessive sunlight.

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There are also triggers of cold sores including stress, anxiety, certain foods, fever, menstruation and weather changes such as excessive sunlight.

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Treatments for a cold sore include taking a prescription drug called Zovirax, applying ice cube on the affected area and sleeping upright so that the sores will not settle on your lips.

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Otherwise, if left alone, cold sores usually resolve on their own and you should allow at least 10-14 days for it to heal. However, if the discomfort is great, you can always opt for medication and soothing remedies.

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To prevent cold sores, make a habit of applying balm on your lips with an SPF of 30 especially if your are spending a lot of time outdoors. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your lips from the direct glare of the sun.

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To prevent cold sores, make a habit of applying balm on your lips with an SPF of 30 especially if your are spending a lot of time outdoors. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your lips from the direct glare of the sun.

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Avoid shaking the hands of people who have cold sores and don't offer yours to anyone to avoid spreading the virus. Make sure you wash your hands well to prevent the spread of the virus.

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People also take lysine which is an amino acid that counteracts arginine, a substance that triggers cold sores.

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Levamisole is also another medication that reduces flare-ups.

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Take medication such as Zovirax (acyclovir or penciclovir) which can also prevent attacks if taken regularly. Make sure though that your doctor prescribed the drug.

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Take medication such as Zovirax (acyclovir or penciclovir) which can also prevent attacks if taken regularly. Make sure though that your doctor prescribed the drug.

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