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What is a Cold Sore?

What is a Cold Sore?

We’ve explored how to avoid cold sores, what triggers them and how you can live cold-sore free. We decided it was time to return to the fundamentals, and explain the basics of cold sores, what causes them and where they come from. Cold sores, otherwise known as fever blisters, are groups of small blisters that reside around the mouth and lips. The skin around the blisters is often red and sore, and after several days, will break and scab over. A cold sore outbreak can last up to 2 weeks. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There’s two types of HSV: HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both virus … Continue reading

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Using Makeup to Hide a Cold Sore

Using Makeup to Hide a Cold Sore

You’ve got a big event coming up in a few days, but yesterday you felt that oh-so familiar tingle. Now your face is battling a full-blown cold sore, and you’ve got nowhere to hide. So here’s your guide to covering up that cold sore so you can stay stress-free on your big day. When to Use Makeup Cold sores mostly appear after illness or when your immune system is stressed. Using makeup such as a concealer may help, but the timing can be tricky. It’s not recommended to try to cover up a cold sore that is not partially healed or scabbed over, as the blister could be irritated and … Continue reading

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Worst Times to Get a Cold Sore

Worst Times to Get a Cold Sore

We all know that there’s no “good time” to get a cold sore, but they always seem to appear at the worst possible opportunities. If you find yourself with one of these upcoming events or milestones coming, you’ll want to grab your InterceptCS and zap that cold sore away before the big day! 1. Weddings                 An almost guaranteed situation for a cold sore to appear, weddings can bring out the best – and worst – in us. Often hectic and stressful, these are the perfect conditions for a cold sore outbreak to occur. Lasting upwards of 2-3 weeks, you can be sure … Continue reading

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How to Make a Cold Sore Heal Faster

How to Make a Cold Sore Heal Faster

Cold sore are ruthless in during outbreaks; painful, long-lasting and unsightly, anyone who suffers from recurring cold sore outbreaks knows the struggle. Often we look for ways to shorten the duration of a cold sore outbreak however we can – but figuring out what works and what doesn’t can be a hassle. We’ve compiled a list of natural, at-home remedies that you can use to make a cold sore heal faster today, so you can stop worrying about cold sores for good! The first tell-tail sign of a cold sore is the tingling. Once a spot on the lip starts tingling, a cold sore is not far behind. Once the … Continue reading

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Cold Sores for Women

Cold Sores for Women

A Women’s Guide to Managing & Preventing Cold Sores. Are you a victim of recurring cold sores? Or does your partner have a not-so hidden mark above their lips? For whatever reason you need, cold sores can be big trouble if not handled properly. So here’s our list of the most important things women need to know about cold sore outbreaks. Cold Sores are HSV-1 The herpes simplex virus is split into two different categories: HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 is the strand of virus that causes oral infections, while HSV-2 affects the genitals. Both can be transferred to the other part of the body during infection, which is why it’s … Continue reading

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Cold Sore Prevention Diet

Cold Sore Prevention Diet

There’s been many studies done on the link between diet and cold sore outbreaks. Much like other parts of the body, your diet can affect how your body functions and performs tasks. By giving your body the best possible food, rich in vitamins and minerals, you help your body fight off harmful cold sore outbreaks. Start with Quercetin The flavonoids that give plants, fruits and vegetables their vibrant colors also contain a vital cold sore combating mineral. Quercetin, one of the most ample flavonoids in nature, can be particularly effective at reducing cold sore outbreaks. Good food sources you should include in your diet that have Quercetin are: Capers Apples … Continue reading

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7 Cold Sore Home Remedies

7 Cold Sore Home Remedies

Cold sores have been around for a long time, and many sources claim to know the answer for quick and easy at home treatment. From certain foods, herbs, supplements and chemicals, there’s a lot of information about non-medical treatment options – but how many of them actually work? We’ve compiled a list of some of the known remedies that may ease or shorten a cold sore outbreak. 1. L-Lysine While the effectiveness of L-Lysine for cold sores has been debated, it has shown that consistently taking L-Lysine has a good chance of reducing the frequency of cold sores. L-lysine can also be applied as a cream or ointment directly on … Continue reading

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How to Protect Your Lips

How to Protect Your Lips

One of the main causes of a cold sore can be cracked or dry lips. When lips are dry, they can easy split, especially around the corners of your mouth. This is a perfect opportunity for a cold sore to appear, so keeping your lips in the best possible shape can help reduce the frequency of outbreaks. Let’s get started! 1. Cleansers Cleansers can dry your lips out, especially those with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Apply Vaseline on your lips before using facial cleansers. 2. Almond Oil Almond oil is an excellent moisturizer for lips, as it contains vitamins A & E, as well as being hypoallergenic. 3. Humidifier … Continue reading

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Cold Sores & Eczema | The Hidden Danger

Cold Sores & Eczema | The Hidden Danger

If you suffer from eczema, you know that there’s a long list of things or environments that can make it worse. One particular trigger that can make eczema even worse, or even deadly, is the cold sore virus. Eczema Herpeticum If a person with a rash of flared up eczema comes into direct contact with a cold sore, it can lead to a potentially very serious condition known as Eczema Herpeticum. Eczema Herpectium occurs when damaged skin comes is infected with the HSV-1 virus. This only happens through skin-to-skin contact. It can also happen through direct contact with HSV-2. Contact with a cold sore on a distressed part of the … Continue reading

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Your Liver & Cold Sores

Your Liver & Cold Sores

Most people wouldn’t associate cold sore outbreaks with liver health. But the way your liver operates could point to why you’re having constant, recurring outbreaks of cold sores. Healthy living is a critical step in eliminating outbreaks before they happen. The immune system is one of the main reasons the virus either stays dormant or creates an outbreak, and the liver can be a powerful contributor to the well-being of this primary defense. A healthy diet that properly supports the liver is extremely important to maintaining a strong immune system. Even better, a healthy diet mixed with regular exercise will boost both liver and other important internal functions that support … Continue reading

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