Facts and Tips about Cold Sores

In order to more effectively avoid cold sores from happening it is important to be able to recognise the Cold Sore symptoms, Cold Sore Causes, and how to treat them. Here at Chemist Direct, we have provided information on the subject of Cold Sore Causes.

What is a Cold Sore?

A cold sore is a common condition caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus that manifests itself in liquid-filled blisters around the lips, nose or chin.

How often do we get it?

The virus is often contracted during childhood, usually without our knowledge. It then remains dormant in our bodies until triggered by one of a variety of factors.

Who gets them?

Approximately 80% of people have the virus while 20% suffer from regular cold sores outbreaks, experiencing 2 to 3 outbreaks a year. Men and women are equally likely to suffer from cold sores, at any age.

What Triggers Cold Sores?

Cold sore outbreaks are generally a result of psychological or physical stress. Common triggers include: -Low immune system -Cold or flu -Fatigue -Cold weather -Exposure to sun -Menstruation -Hormones -Fever -Stress.

Prevention and Coping Tips:

“A healthy lifestyle is key to minimising the risk of cold sores.”

Remember to…

Get enough sleep -Try to reduce emotional stress -Use sunscreen on lips in the summer -Take daily exercise -Eat a balanced diet.

Good hygiene is crucial while suffering from a cold sore: -Do not touch the cold sore (if you do touch the sore, always wash your hands immediately afterwards). -Do not touch or rub your eyes during an outbreak. -Do not share eating or drinking utensils, lipstick, toothbrushes or towels. -Avoid physical intimacy with partners. -Change all towels, toothbrushes and bed sheets once the sore is healed. -Be extra conscientious about washing your hands before and after changing babies’ nappies.