Sunday, September 30, 2012

Four Great Cold Sore Prevention Tips

By B.B. Retundo Rackly

Cold sores are really caused by a very contagious virus called Herpes Simplex-1.

You may have experienced blisters on your lips, in your mouth, on your nose or in your nose. These are all symptoms of the herpes simplex-1 virus. Sadly, once you get this virus, you can never fully get rid of it.

Once you have it, it becomes all about cold sore prevention. The following are four great tips to help you prevent a cold sore outbreak.

Tip 1 - The first tip is to not share any cup, water bottle or drink with anyone else. Even if you think that your friend doesn't have any visible blisters, it's possible that they are carrying the herpes simplex-1 virus and are just without current cold sore symptoms. You're better safe than sorry!

Tip 2 - Avoid sharing chapstick or anything that comes into contact with someone else's mouth is best avoided all together; lip stick, eating utensils, drinking straws, etc.

Tip 3 - The third tip may seem obvious, but needs to be shared. Do not kiss other people when either you or they have an active cold sore, even if it's on the cheek. The virus can be transmitted quickly and easily through intimate contact such as kissing.

Also be advised that even in-mouth sores that you can't see can be transmitted through kissing as the virus is present in the person's saliva.

Tip 4 - This tip is probably the hardest. Do not touch infected areas of your face or another person's face. If you do, you will have a higher likelihood of catching or giving the virus to someone else.

Skin to skin contact such as touching can easily transmit the virus. If you or someone has a virus, do not touch the skin, and if you accidentally do, wash your hands immediately. This will prevent you from spreading it to others or even spreading the virus on yourself to other non-infected areas.

Hopefully these cold sore prevention tips are useful in keeping this bothersome virus from being passed on to even more people.

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