What Triggers Your Cold Sore?
Murphy’s Law of cold sores: as soon as you have an important event, date or public appearance—you start to feel the dreaded ‘tingle’. Why is that? While some outbreaks are simply unpredictable, there are certain triggers you can avoid to help prevent a cold sore.
You’re Sick & Tired
Colds do not cause cold sores but when you have been sick, it is easy for the HSV-1 virus which is usually dormant to be activated. Managing your immune system may leave you less susceptible
to a flare up.
Your Stress is Level 10
Life is stressful. Work, school, kids, bills and all the rest are enough to make anyone’s head spin. While stress is normal, when the body is under too much stress, the immune system is weakened and a cold sore is more likely to surface. Practicing daily stress relief can help keep the cold sore at bay. Activities like exercise, meditation, breathing exercises or music therapy are all great ways to take the edge off. Most importantly, make sure to identify the main stressors in your life and do your best to mitigate them.
Cold & Dry Protection
Dry, cold air damages skin, especially the delicate skin of the lips and mouth. During colder seasons be sure to keep your lips moisturized and protected from the elements. Staying hydrated, applying lip balm and covering up can help protect the skin and prevent the triggering for a cold sore.
Too Much Sun
Sun exposure has long been a major no-no if you want your skin to stay healthy. Sunburned lips
are a leading trigger for cold sore, and can make a current sore worse. Take a tip from the experts and apply SPF lip balm, wear a hat and do your best to stay out of the sun; and just say no to