Cold sores are one of those annoying ailments that can really ruin your week. They come on seemingly out of nowhere, they look very unsightly and they can takes days to heal. A cold sore is actually a cluster of blisters that appear around the mouth. They are often raised or swollen and can easily break open which causes them to leak a clear fluid and then scab over

A cold sore is caused by the herpes simplex virus that enters the body through a break in the skin somewhere around the mouth. Once the virus has entered the body it will remain there for the rest of your life. Although this sounds very serious, in fact, outbreaks can be kept to a minimum with some simple measures and treatment can be swift. Anyone who suffers from cold sores should read and implement the following measures.

Firstly you should avoid triggers. The most common triggers are stress and too much sun. This means that measures should be taken to keep stress at bay such as getting enough sleep, eating a good diet and getting plenty of exercise. It can also help doing regular yoga sessions or even meditating for a brief period each day. Sunlight can trigger a flare up so a good sun cream should always be worn when out in the sun. A good lip balm with UVA and UVB protection should also be worn when out in the sun. Similarly, the frequency and severity of attacks can be reduced by taking a daily Lysine supplement.

If someone in your family has a cold sore, avoid sharing utensils, glasses or mugs with them. Also make sure you don’t use the same towel as them. If you have a cold sore then avoid touching it so it cannot spread. You might like to try placing ice on the infected area as this can help reduce the swelling. A good natural treatment for cold sores is Lip Clear Lysine + Cold Sore Treatment. This natural product contains the essential amino acid lysine which can help heal cold sores in just a few days. Another excellent reason for using this product is that it is far cheaper than traditional cold sore medicines bought over the counter.

Some people also swear by placing a warm tea bag on the cold sore. The anti viral property tannic acid is present in tea and this can help deter the virus from developing. Ideally you should place a tea bag on the area for between 5 and 10 minutes several times a day when you first feel a cold sore coming on.

If anyone has any other suggestions on how to prevent or treat a pesky outbreak, let us know.

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