Every cold sore sufferer lives in constant fear of breakout. Whether their personal trigger is stress, too much sun, hormonal changes, or something else they are the watch for the first tingle. When that familiar warning flares up, rushing to the remedy that helps keep the cold sore away. There is never a good time for a cold sore but the fact is that 90% of adults worldwide test positive for the virus that causes cold sores with 40% of American results who repeatedly get cold sores.
Avoid Cold Sore Triggers
The first step in preventing outbreaks is by knowing what triggers the HSV (Herpes Simplex Virus) to wake up and cause a cold sore (aka "Fever Blister"). Here are some of the most common triggers:
Stress: Everyone already knows stress isn't good for us. It wears down your immune system which can give the dormant HSV (Cold Sore Virus) opportunity to wake up and attack. Stress is a reality of modern life but applying some relaxation techniques can help keep stress levels (and cold sores) at minimum. Simple breathing exercises and even an app like insight timer can help.
Fatigue: Just like stress, being overly tired can impact your immune system, opening yourself up to an outbreak. Our modern lives can make getting the rest we need difficult but creating good night time routines can help make sure when you are resting it is quality rest time. Sticking too a strict bedtime routine, avoiding caffeine in the afternoon, and even short naps can help.
Too Much Sun: We all know UV rays from the sun can damage the skin but these same rays can also trigger a cold sore. Be sure to always use lip balm with SPF and protect your face with a hat or umbrella.
Act Quickly on the First Sign
Time is of the essence when dealing with a cold sore outbreak. That "first tingle" is the familiar and unwelcome sign that an outbreak is coming on. There is no cure for any type of herpex simplex virus (HSV) and there is no way to predict how long an outbreak will last. The best time to begin treating a cold sore is as soon as you feel tingling or itching around the mouth.
A quick google search will show you that there are a lot of remedies people use from ice to prescription antivirals and the only thing that these remedies have in common is there are not a guarantee of stopping or even slowing down the outbreak.
A doctor may prescribe an antiviral to treat a cold sore outbreak. They can help reduce an outbreak or can be used a preventative to prevent new ones. Prescription antivirals have been known to have adverse side effects. Popular prescriptions include Zobirax, Famvir, Valtrex, and Denavir.
An All-Natural Homeopathic Approach
Aeura Biotherapeutics has developed an all-natural homeopathic cold sore formula that is delivering fantastic results. Not only does it treat the pain, itching, and blisters but when taking daily can prevent future outbreaks. It is safe for children and adults. Read more about Aeura Cold Sore Formula here
Andrew Weiss, founder of Aeura suffered for 17 years with cold sores outbreaks. Each outbreak lasting 2-3 weeks. After trying everything he was fed up and took matters into his own hands. The result was a FDA regulated, non-prescription, doctor recommended, safe, effective formula for not only treating cold sore outbreaks but also preventing future ones. Since developing Aeura, Andrew hasn't had an outbreak for over 13 years. Read Andrew's Story.