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Prevent Cold Sore Flareups

The holiday party is in three days and you’ve got that strange, tingly feeling in your upper lip. You’ve been stressed, rushed, and not eating well and now, you’re getting an ugly cold sore. Fever blisters have been a part of your life for years, always appearing at just the wrong moment. Strangely, these temporary lesions have nothing to do with colds, fever, or cold weather.

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2. Either virus can produce blisters around the mouth and/or genitals. You probably got the virus originally through a small break in the skin. Once the virus enters your body, it’s generally there for life.

But don’t despair. There are things you can do to keep the virus from flaring:

  1. Keep your stress level as low as possible so your immune system stays strong. Get plenty of rest.
  2. Maintain a healthy diet. Too many carbs just feed the virus.
  3. Wash your hands frequently and don’t share drinking glasses or food utensils with others.
  4. “Air” kisses are a good defense against contacting someone who has a cold sore.

When the herpes virus infects the genitals, you need expert medical help. Dr. Amy Siegel treats women’s conditions with respect, compassion, and skill. See her this season to get the treatment you need.

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