You can try to avoid the development of cold sores by getting to know what triggers them.
Common cold sore triggers include stress, illness, lack of sleep, fatigue and sun exposure (always wear sun screen!) or extreme weather conditions. Practicing sport, relaxation techniques or meditation can be a good option if you need to reduce your stress levels.
If you experience several outbreaks a year, it could be a good idea to keep a diary or to write down things, such as diet, activities, illnesses, and other life events. Through this, you will be able to identify the factors that trigger a recurrent infection. Sharing this information with your doctor may also assist with finding you the correct medical treatment and may help with further cold sore treatment.
An added benefit of knowing cold sore triggers is the ability to be even more proactive in taking measures or medications. On top of this, taking care of cold sores that you may currently have may help to prevent nasty outbreaks in the future. If you want to know how to help to stop a cold sore in the early stages, it’s best to never touch an open sore, attempt to pop an open sore, pick at the scab, or wash it aggressively.
Moreover, if you smoke, maintaining a balanced diet and reducing or stopping smoking altogether can help boost your immune defences that will keep the dormant virus under control.