Cold sores can form for a number of reasons, and the cause can be very hard to determine. However, there are certain precautions that can be taken to limit the chance of developing a cold sore in your mouth. By understanding successful techniques for the prevention of cold sores, you can minimize suffering from those annoying bumps inside the mouth.
How to prevent cold sores
While it is not possible to predict or completely prevent cold sores from forming, there are things that can be done to significantly reduce the chance of having one develop. The following are the five best ways to limit the chance of developing a cold sore.
Wash your hands often
First and foremost, it is important to practice good hygiene overall by washing your hands often and avoiding touching your face too often. Cold sores are the result of a viral infection, which can very easily be transferred from skin-to-skin contact. By keeping your hands washed and cleaned, the chance of picking up the virus that leads to cold sores reduces. The best way to keep your hands clean, which limits the chance of developing a cold sore, is to get into the habit of washing your hands before and after each meal, once in the morning and once at night.
Avoid sharing items
As mentioned, cold sores form when the virus causing the cold sores is spread. When you limit contact with others, the chance of picking up the virus that leads to cold sores is kept at a minimal level. To best prevent cold sores, try and avoid sharing items such as lip balm, eating utensils, etc.
Stress is one of the more prevalent risk factors for the development of cold sores. While limiting stress is much easier said than done, there are certain things that can be done, such as taking advantage of free time to do things you enjoy and thinking positively and rationally about stressful situations.
Reduce sugar intake
There seems to be a correlation between sugar and the development of cold sores, meaning the more sugar intake, the higher the likelihood of developing cold sores. To limit the chance of developing cold sores, try and cut out sweets from the diet as much as possible. While it is okay to have a cookie once in a while, be sure to avoid too much sugar intake and practice good oral hygiene when doing so by brushing and flossing.
Another common link to the development of cold sores is fatigue. Individuals who do not receive an adequate amount of sleep each night are more vulnerable to the development of cold sores. Be sure to stay on a consistent sleep schedule of seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
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