7 tips to avoid cold sores in winter

With the cold, the cold sore virus (HSV1) can be more easily reactivated. This infection, also called cold sore, unfortunately has no treatment capable of eliminating the virus. The only thing a patient can do is soothe the symptoms and act on prevention. Remember that once the herpes virus is acquired, it remains in the body for life. It is estimated that 70 to 90% of the world’s population carries the virus, a large part of which is however asymptomatic, that is to say does not show any symptoms.

Here are 7 good useful tips to limit the appearance of cold sores during the winter:

  • Reduce and limit stress. Stress, associated with the cold, weakens the immune system, which favors the reactivation of the virus. There are different methods to manage stress well, such as reducing your workload or learning techniques to manage it better. It will also be a question of doing at least 15 minutes of exercise a day (walking for example) and of reducing your coffee consumption, favoring black tea which lowers the level of cortisol (the “stress hormone”) in the blood.
  • Prevent winter diseases. A cold, flu, gastroenteritis, sore throat or sore throat weakens the immune system, which indirectly can trigger the appearance of the herpes virus. To sum up, wearing a scarf in winter, washing your hands frequently and exercising are excellent tips for getting through the cold season without getting sick.
  • Avoid the cold. Limit too long exposure to the cold, if you have to stay outside for a long time, be well dressed. The cold, as we saw in point 1, has an unfavorable effect on the immune system.
  • Do not kiss in the active phase. If you suffer from cold sores, especially in the active (presence of blisters) and contagious phase of the infection, avoid kissing other people. This advice is more to protect those around you. This is especially important with children. Indeed, an American study published at the end of 2013 showed that the herpes virus in children could affect certain organs and limit cognitive abilities.
  • Treat as soon as possible. This advice is valid for all seasons and not just in winter, treating the cold sore early can reduce transmission but also soothe the symptoms.
  • Moisturize your lips often. In winter the cold naturally dries out your lips, it is important to use cocoa butter on a regular basis. When a fatty layer is deposited on the skin, in this case the lips, the water evaporates less quickly and promotes well hydrated and healthy skin. The goal is to avoid any cracks, the entry point for the herpes virus.
  • Avoid too frequent sun exposure. In winter, although the sun’s rays are less intense, many people like to enjoy sunny moments. This is particularly the case in winter sports regions. Be aware, however, that the sun can be a triggering factor for herpes, it would even be responsible for 25% of recurrences of cold sores. UVB rays further promote herpes. If you still want or need to be exposed to the sun, use a cocoa butter or lip cream with a sun protection factor greater than or equal to 30.
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    Bonuses. Natural vanilla remedy

    Pure vanilla extract is indicated thanks to its anti-viral effect against cold sores. Recipe and preparation: Apply directly to the cold sore by soaking the vanilla extract in a piece of cotton for 1 minute. Repeat the application 3 to 4 times a day.


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