How To Prevent a Cold Sore When You Feel It Coming

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Dec 13, 2013

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Quick Bites

  • Cold sores mostly occur around the mouth area.
  • They cause burning sensation and itching.
  • Touching them would lead to spreading of the blisters.
  • Applying ice on the affected area could help you.

Cold sores irritate you; the formation of this can be felt very clearly. These cold sores usually cause pain, a burning sensation and itching, and then they finally burst and crust over. Know how you can prevent cold sores from forming!

lip sore preventionCold sores are a recurring condition and it consists of tiny, raised blisters on the skin and these are filled with fluid. They occur around the mouth area and occasionally reach the nose, chin, fingers or even insides of the mouth. Cold sores are also referred to as fever blisters and they cause pain and discomfort on the mouth area. These sores are actually caused by the herpes viruses and are most common cause of sores around the mouth. Know how you can prevent cold sores effectively.

The Ice Remedy

After recognising the symptoms of cold sores you can apply ice wrapped in a towel or a wash cloth on the affected area for relief. If you can tolerate the cold then you should apply the ice directly on the affected area as this would have a greater impact in your sores. Keep the ice on the sores for at least five minutes or until the blisters area feels cold to touch. The pain that you once felt could diminish for the moment.

Protect your Lips

For those who have had an experience with cold sores in the past, wearing lip balm with a sun protection factor of 30 at all times could be helpful. When you feel like you are getting another bout of the sores you should immediately apply. If it is an open cold sore then does not use the balm stick directly on the lips as this would spread the virus all around. You should use a cotton swab to apply balm not only to your lips but also to the skin which is around the outside.

Keep off the affected Area

People who are affected by cold sores should keep their hands away from the sores. You must by all means stop touching your cold sores as they are highly contagious. Never touch your lips if you have cold sores there. Even if you do touch your cold sores by mistake then you should stop right away and wash your hand with anti bacterial soap, and dry them on a paper towel.

The Protein called Lysine

Lysine is a protein that helps the body to heal and also prevents cold sores. You should increase the amount of high lysine foods in your diet during cold sores outbreak. You should choose lean meats and dairy products such as yogurt, milk and cheese as these are all high in lysine. Lysine counteracts arginine which is a substance that is found in various foods that trigger cold sores in some people.

Take Small Bites

There are certain things that may aggravate your cold sores and one such thing is to open your mouth wide. When you open your mouth wide then the sores have chances of breaking open and thus could spread to the rest of your lips. Even yawning for that matter could cause this, but are you going to stop yawning! You should probably get enough sleep at night.

After you get infected by the virus it tends to remain in your body for the rest of your life. If you do get cold sores often then it is important that you get treated right away, this will reduce the incidence of cold sores and make them less severe.

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