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Cold Sores | How To Treat A Cold Sore | How To Prevent Cold Sores | How To Get Rid Cold Sore (2018)

1 in 5 people in the UK get recurring cold sores

I've done some research into this and here are my best ways to get rid of it and prevent it

whilst do my research I came across people recommending products like

witch hazel, distilled vinegar and alcohol to help with cold sores

now I could have find any information to clinically prove that they're effective for this

so I can't really advise on them

but if you've tried them and it helped or they haven't helped leave a comment below and let us know

cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus, the type 1 strain

and the virus infects through the moist inner layer skin of the mouth

and this is through skin-to-skin contact

after infection the virus settles in a nearby nerve sheath

and remains there for the rest of your life now it's usually inactive and you have no symptoms

but sometimes it activates and travels to your mouth area and causes a cold sore blister

so what we can do at this point is look at the triggers which are activating the virus

and try and avoid the ones that we can

stress! stress can reduce your immune system giving the virus a chance to attack

so breathe deeply, relax and try these great relaxation techniques which i've left in the description below

to reduce your stress

sleep! get more of it so you're not fatigued and if you have difficulty sleeping

I made a video about this a couple of months ago which I've left a link in the description below

so feel free to check it out

wind and sun! the sun is somewhere up there

dry lips can leave you vulnerable to an outbreak so wear lip balm to prevent chapping in the cold

and in the sun wear an SPF 15 lip balm or higher

cold sores can easily be passed on to other people when you have one

so avoid kissing, oral sex and sharing anything that comes in contact with your cold sore

now let's move on to self-care advice

try not to touch or pick the cold sore

because you might damage the blister which can spread the virus everywhere

only ever touch it when you're applying the cream

but remember this cold sores usually go on their own within 10 days

aciclovir cream now it doesn't kill the virus and it doesn't affect existing blisters

but it may prevent it from becoming worse

if you are going to use it I suggest that you use it as soon as you get the first signs of a cold sore coming up

that way it may not last as long or be as severe

when applying the cream wash your hands before and after

also don't rub in the cream dab it on to avoid damaging the blister and the reason for this was explained earlier

there is debate as to how well acyclovir cream actually works but I guess it is an option

and lastly if you have any pain or swelling from your cold sore

then speak to your pharmacist about taking paracetamol and ibuprofen for it

if you have any tips that work for you which help with cold sores

then leave a comment below I'd love to read what works for people all over the world

always check any medication you purchase with your pharmacist or doctor

to make sure it's okay for you to use

please remember to always read the information leaflet comes with your medicines

and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask your pharmacist

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okay, cold sores can easily be transmitted to other people when you have