How to prevent cold sores and what to do when they strike.

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Nothing is quite as dreadful as a cold sore, and we definitely don’t want one cropping up on us for a big wedding day, when we want to look picture perfect all day long. There are a variety of factors that can trigger the virus, and one of them is stress. Stress weakens our immune system, leaving ample opportunity for the cold sore virus (HSV-1) to attack. Once the HSV-1 virus has entered your body, you can’t get rid of it, so it’s important to be diligent with your oral care. Here are four essential tips.

Prevent a Cold Sore

To help prevent cold sores  from creeping up on you, the skin around the mouth needs lots of love. Take care to keep the area moisturized, and protect your lips from the sun with an SPF-infused lip balm.

Try: Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating  Lip Balm,  $4.99, at mass retailers.

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Heal a Cold Sore

If you do get a cold-sore outbreak, treat it with an antibacterial balm or healing patch. If using a balm, apply it with a cotton swab (not your fingers) to prevent spreading the infection.

Try: Polysporin Cold Sore Healing Patch,  $18.99, at mass market drugstores.

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Avoid salty or acidic foods like vinaigrettes or potato chips, whichcan irritate the skin. Sleep with your head elevated in order to reduce the swelling and allow the liquid to drain from the affected area.

Treat a Cold Sore

If you do have recurring cold sores, try a hydrocortisone corticosteroid cream, which will zap away recurring cold sores in their early stages.

Try: Xerese topical cream, (available by prescription only) consult your health care professional for more information.

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DID YOU KNOW? 20% of people in the world suffer from cold sore outbreaks at least two to three times a year, but at least 80% of people have the HSV-1 virus that causes coldsores in its latent form.