How to prevent cold sores from spreading naturally – 9 tips

how to prevent cold sores

Cold sores also called fever blisters is a common viral infection caused by a virus named herpes simplex. They include some painful blisters or lesions. And they are often on your lips, cheeks, chin, nostrils or inside of your mouth. This disease can spread to other parts of your body easily or other peoplethrough direct contact. When you have a cold sore, you can feel tingling and itching first. After that, the blisters can appear gradually. Finally, they merge and burst. The result after burning is shallow open sores. Their symptoms are often painful eroded gums, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches, headaches, sore throat, fever or something like that. When you have herpes infection, the virus can be in your nerve cells and can be triggered by changes in your immune system, exposure to sunlight and wind, fatigue, stress, hormonal changes, viral infection or fever. Prevention from cold sores is not available. All things you can do if you have a cold sore are the ways on how to prevent cold sores from spreading.

How To Prevent Cold Sores From Spreading Naturally If You Have A Cold Sore.

how to prevent cold sores from spreading naturally if you have a cold sore

There are many ways to treat cold sores. Most of them are to use prescription antiviral drugs like acyclovir, valacyclovir, famciclovir, penciclovir or some creams that contain these ingredients. However, you also need to notice how to prevent cold sores form spreading naturally so as to avoid passing the virus to other people or other parts of your body, at the same time, prevent them from spreading to other parts, especially on your face. They include:

1. Throw Out Your Toothbrush: 

how to prevent cold sores-throw out your toothbrush

If you have the cold sores, you need to toss your toothbrush and repeat this action again after the sore has cleared up. This way can help you prevent the cold sores coming back and stop an outbreak because a toothbrush can be the perfect vessel to transmit the virus to other people or other areas. In fact, the herpes virus may exist in your toothbrush for about some days and can continue to re-infect you easily.

2. Avoid Touching Cold Sores Unecessarily:

how to prevent cold sores-avoid touching cold sores unecessarily

Another way on how to prevent cold sores from spreading is to avoid touching cold sores and then continue to touch other parts of your face. This action can make the virus spread easily and quickly. Therefore, some things you should do in this case including washing your hands, avoiding skin contact…. All of these actions can help protect you against the spread of cold sores’ virus to other skins. And your cold sores can be better in one or two weeks.

3. Clean The Cold Sores: 

how to prevent cold sores-clean the cold sores

The cold sores contain pus. If they are broken down and oozed pus, you need to clean them with cool to cold water from 1 to 3 times a day. After that, you have to pat cold sores area with a soft cloth when finishing cleaning the injury. You notice not to use warm to hot water to clean your broken cold sores because it can make the virus spread more easily and quickly.

4. Remove The Cause Of A Cold Sore Outbreak:

how to prevent cold sores-remove the cause of a cold sore outbreak

Cold sores are often spreading. One of the ways on how to prevent cold sores from spreading is to indentify the possible cause and then eliminate them. There are many reasons cause cold sores such as stress, illness, poor diet. You need to know the cause of your cold sores and rectify them in order to prevent the virus from spreading.

5. Sneeze Into A Tissue:

how to prevent cold sores-sneeze into a tissue

As you know, the spread of herpes virus can be through saliva and mucus fluids. Hence, when you sneeze, you had better use a tissue. Sneezing into a tissue also can help prevent the spread of virus. So do coughing and blowing your nose.

6. Wash Your Hands:

how to prevent cold sores-wash your hands

Washing your hand frequently is always necessary although you have cold sores or not. Especially, when you touch the cold sore, you need to wash your hand with soap to kill the germs that can transmit the disease for you. And when you sneeze, you also should wash your hands cleanly.

7. Avoid Contaiminated Object: 

how to prevent cold sores-avoid contaiminated object

If you dont want to be transmitted the cold sores, you have to avoid passing the virus by using a contaminated objects from the patients. You must not share your objects like toothbrush, towels, razors, silverware, glasses, lip balm with them. In case you have cold sore, you should do the same action to avoid passing the virus to others.

8. Dont Kiss Or Engage In Oral Sex:

how to prevent cold sores-dont kiss or engage in oral sex

When you have a cold sore, you don’t have to kiss or engage in oral sex because the oral herpes virus causes cold sores can be transmitted through oral sex to the genitals and become more serious.If it does, you need to visit your doctor.

9. Have Healthy Diet: 

how to prevent cold sores-have healthy diet

A healthy diet will contribute to prevent the cold sores from outbreaks. Your diet should be balanced and varied with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. As you know, cold sores outbreaks happen when your immune system becomes weak. A healthy diet will bring for you a strong immune system, since then, protect against cold sores. Especially, it should be rich in vitamin C and E. Vitamin C can help to boost white blood cells, the body’s defenders. Vitamin E helps minimize scarring as well as relieve the irritating and painful discomfort of cold sores.

The above include 9 ways on how to prevent cold sores from spreading naturally that we want to share with you. If you have a cold sore, you should follow these methods to minimize the spread of herpes virus. And, if you have any question or idea for this topic, you can write your comment in the following of form of this post, we are always glad to see your comment and reply as soon as possible.

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