There is no such thing as cold sore prevention because the herpes simplex virus is involved. This virus lives in the body and whenever you get ill, it can flare up and cause cold sores, also known as fever blisters. Without treatment, the sores take between 8 and 10 days to heal.
Millions of people suffer with fever blisters every year. They usually appear on the lips and around the mouth. Apart from illness, other factors like stress, over-exposure to the sun, fever, hormonal changes, refined sugar, fatigue, and a weak immune system can cause them.
The symptoms are itching, discomfort, swelling, and redness, accompanied by oozing lesions that form yellow scabs. Treatment includes a variety of topical lotions, balms, and gels, as well as Vitamin C and natural therapies like laser-puncture and acupuncture. Apart from these, there are some steps you can take to minimize outbreaks.
The virus is extremely contagious and it can be spread through the sharing of food utensils and cups or glasses. Therefore, the first step is to avoid having skin contact with an infected person. If you have a weak immune system, the virus can even be transmitted through skin contact.
Avoid kissing anyone with fever blisters. Also, do not kiss that person’s close family members. Step up your hygiene practices by washing your hands frequently with an antibacterial soap. If you are the person infected, don’t touch your body parts before washing your hands. This will prevent the infection spreading to other areas.
The most effective cold sore prevention is to boost the immune system. All the factors mentioned earlier that cause fever blisters have one thing in common, i. E. A weakened immune system. You can do this by getting good quality sleep, eating protein-rich foods, and drinking plenty of water. Avoid coffee, refined sugar, alcohol, cigarettes, and junk food. Lastly, and most importantly, eat lots of fresh, raw fruit and vegetables. They are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and fiber.