Defense Against Cold Sores

Sunday, 12. August 2018

Defense Against Cold Sores

During an acute herpes outbreak or infection, kissing should be avoided because the virus is highly contagious. As soon as you feel the first tingle of a breakout, you should avoid kissing your partner.

The Herpes Simplex Virus

A Cold sores (Herpes labialis) develop due to the Type 1 Herpes Simplex Virus. Our first herpes infection often occurs during childhood and has no symptoms. Through various factors such as stress, colds, hormonal fluctuations, physical stress, lowered immune defenses or intensive exposure to sun can cause the virus to become active. The first signs of an outbreak are itching or an uncomfortable feeling of tension before a cold sore develops.
 

Since the herpes virus is transferred primarily through touch, infected people should avoid touching the lesions to avoid transmitting the virus to other parts of the body or to other people.
 

Tips for Avoid Cold Sores

Protect the Immune System

When your immune system is strong, the herpes virus has less of a chance of developing cold sores. A balanced diet with enough nutrients, combined with enough sleep and exercise is the best support for a functional immune system.
 

Sun Protection

Use a lip balm with a high SPF factor, as the sun’s rays can damage the lips. When the lips are damaged, it is much easier for cold sores to develop.
 

Wash Your Hands

Keeping your hands clean is essential for keeping cold sores at bay, since the infection is easily transferrable to other parts of the body, especially if you scratch a cold sore.
 

Avoid Nuts

Avoid foods like nuts, raisins, gelatine and chocolate. These foods contain a lot of L-arginine, which can encourage an outbreak of the herpes virus.
 

Complementing Your Diet with Micronutrients

The essential amino acid L-Lysine has a special effect in the complementary dietary treatment of the herpes simplex virus. It drives away L-arginine, an amino acid that is well known for increasing the ability of the herpes virus to reproduce. Vitamins C, D and the trace element zinc also contribute to normal immune function.