Cold Sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) and it is highly contagious. This virus is not possible to cure and it will always be in your body's nervous system and outbreaks can come back at any time. There are several factors that can trigger this illness make the virus have an outbreak, like stress, fatigue, other illnesses like a cold or exposure to sunlight. But fear not, there are several things one can do to get rid of cold sores and almost remove the outbreaks for good.
Tip 1 – Protect Your Lips From The Sun
Exposure to the sun may cause the virus to trigger, so be careful when you are outside a sunny day for a long period of time you should use a lip moisturizer that has an SPF of at least 15. You should also consider using a lip moisturizer more often if your lips tend to be dry, but be careful when choosing a lip balm. I have had several balms that makes my lip worse, and even sometimes even caused outbreaks!
Tip 2 – Continue Eating A Healthy Diet
Be sure to continue to live a healthy life, do not go around and feel sorry for yourself and start churning away at chips and other bad food just to make you feel better. It actually makes you worse of! It is important to get proper nutrition and eat lots of protein. This will make the healing process go al ot faster. Be sure to strengthen your immune system. Antioxidants will help your immune system a great deal, as well will vitamins. So go out and buy a vitamin supplement if you have not already!
Tip 3 – Hygiene
Cold sores are annoying to get, but be sure to keep it to yourself! Its hard enough for you to get rid of cold sores, but someone you live with wont be happy if they suddenly get it when you have it. Cold sores are as already mentioned extremely contagious, and it should be treated as such. One should avoid contact with others when the outbreak has just occurred, that includes not sharing things like cups, towels, remotes, cellphones, etc. Be sure to wash your hands every time you touch your sore (which you should not be doing) and do not touch your eyes. Cold sores can cause permanent damage to the eyesight.
Tip 4 – Get Much Sleep
Be sure to get enough rest. This applies almost anytime you are sick, as the body needs to be rested to take care of the problem properly. Stay away from training at least a few days after the outbreak, unless you want even more blisters. Make use of power naps in the middle of the day. Just lie down and sleep 30-45 minutes when you feel a little tired and then your body will feel a lot better.
Tip 5 – Treat The Sore
Washing your sore with alcohol helps to kill bacterias and keeps it clean. Using vodka on a cotton ball will kill millions of viruses each time you do it. In addition, covering the infected area with a petroleum based product will also speed up the healing process. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly with soap before you apply the product. Usually pain relief products work charms here and will seal the virus in and prevent further infection.
Tip 6 – Avoid The Sore!
Do not, and I repeat this cause it is very important, do not touch the sore. This may be the most important part of the aspect of getting rid of cold sores. If you touch the sore, you irritate it and it keeps growing. You also are then going to have to wash your hands as you will infect everything you now touch, and if you touch your eyes, you can even infect your eye which can cause permanent damage to your sight. So be careful, and cover up the sore and let it just do its work, your fingers wont help.