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Treat cold sores

The herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores cannot be cured. After you get infected, the virus stays in your body for the rest of your life. If you get a cold sore often, treatment can prevent or reduce the number of cold sores you get and how severe they are.

The faster you treat a cold sore, the better. You have to treat a cold sore before you actually see or feel something, so it is important to recognize what triggers the sore to activate in your body. See what might set off your next cold sore and avoid it at all costs.

If the triggers are unknown to you, start the treatment of the cold sore if you feel the tingling. Treatment may include lip balm, skin creams, ointments, or sometimes pills. With these methods of treatment you may be able to shorten the length of time you have a cold sore. During all the phases of a cold sore it is still useful to treat it.

If you have a cold sore, do’s and don’ts:

Do’s  Don’ts
Sleep and relaxation Kiss your loved ones
Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water Touching and rubbing on the cold sore
Protecting babies and young kids Eating salty or acidic foods
Apply the product only to the affected area or blisters Cups and eating utensils should not be shared with another person
Practise safe sex
Take care when applying or removing make up

 

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