If you get cold sores you have the herpes virus in your body. It will stay in your body for all your life as well as with the antibodies that fight it. The body uses antibodies to naturally fight the virus. Most of the time they are effective when it comes to preventing an outbreak, but sometimes they need some help.
The HSV-1 virus which causes cold sores is very contagious it can be spread to others even if the infected person does not have a cold sore. However the risk is higher when there are active cold sores, especially in the weeping stage. When you get an outbreak avoid physical contact, touching can spread the virus to other parts of the body.
Wash your hands with soap very often. Rub the area with alcohol to keep it sanitary. Kissing or oral sex can spread the virus to other people. Personal items such as toothbrushes, glasses, utensils, towels and napkins can spread the virus if they are shared.
A cold sore usually breaks out when your immune system is compromised. Illness, a cold, the flu and a sore throat could trigger them. This is where the term cold sore or fever blisters come from. Exposure to the elements such as the sun, stress, blemish, pimple, runny nose and even the menstrual cycle can trigger cold sores.
They are vitamins and supplements that can suppress the reproduction of the virus and hence prevent triggering cold sores. It is also possible to prevent them before they actually start by keeping your lips hydrated all the time, staying away from sun exposure and try not to allow yourself to become too tired.
Due to the fact that it is a viral infection, nowadays there are antiviral treatments that can be quite effective for treatment. It is important that the treatment is applied as soon as possible time is of the essence. Antiviral creams need to be applied four to five times a day to be effective. In severe cases tablets can be prescribed to fight the cold sores.