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Lifestyle changes to overcome cold sores


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Cold sores, also known as fever blisters are infections of Herpes Simplex Virus. The red bumps that appear on your lips and mouth usually disappear on their own; nevertheless your doctor might prescribe some antiviral pills or topical creams to enhance the healing process. Apart from medical cure, cold sores can be effectively controlled and healed by incorporating certain lifestyle changes. Let’s find them out...


Increase your immunity

Vitamin C is the strongest fighter for cold sores. If you have been suffering from cold sores quite often, then you can pop in vitamin C tablets for two weeks. Increase intake of citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, berries, etc. and fresh leafy green vegetables. They would make you naturally immune to cold sores.


Include lysine rich foods in your diet

Lysine offers protection against herpes outbreak. Sources of lysine include oatmeal, wheat, brown rice, nuts, fish, eggs, chicken, turkey, etc. You can also have a little increased amount of dairy products like cheese and milk to overcome cold sores.


Avoid contact with people cold sores

Cold sore is a viral infection and therefore you should avoid physical contact. This would not only accelerate healing but also protect you from getting cold sores. Avoid kissing and sharing bites of same food. You should be more careful when you are the infected person.


Do not share personal care items

The virus can spread through sharing personal care items like handkerchiefs, napkins, tissues, lip balms, etc. Keep your things separate and make sure nobody uses them.


Avoid physical strain and emotional stress

Emotional stress and too much physical exertion decrease your body’s ability to combat the virus and increase your vulnerability to the infection. You should resort to stress reduction activities like yoga and meditation and at the same time tone down from performing strenuous exercises. Once you get rid of these triggers, you can easily do away with cold sores.


Get proper sleep

Lack of sleep puts your body under stress and disrupts hormonal levels. People who get cold sores often must have enough sleep along with a balanced diet.


Avoid touching the cold sores

Never touch the sores. The virus is contagious and can spread easily to your entire mouth. Leave them as it is and make sure you wash your hands with soap after applying a topical cream.


Protect your lips from the sun

Excessive exposure to sun can burn and crack your lips. Just the way you take care of your face before stepping under the sun, perform the same for your lips. Do not forget to apply a sun block or a SPF based lip balm. Apart from this, keep your lips moisturized to avoid cracking. You can also use aloe vera for this purpose.


Ensure you are maintaining proper hygiene

Apart from sharing your personal items, you must ensure that your personal hygiene is not compromised. Always wash your hands with an antiseptic before eating. Be careful while brushing your teeth to avoid wounding the sores further.

Follow the tips we have offered you in the aforementioned content religiously to get rid of cold sores very quickly.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: April 03, 2014