Cold sores are groups of small, painful, fluid-filled blisters on the lips and around the mouth and nose. Also called fever blisters, they are caused by the so-called herpes virus which is spread by contact with an infected person and usually enters the body through breaks in the skin in or around the mouth.
¦ the best way to steer clear of cold sores is by not touching others who have them and not sharing eating utensils, cups, glasses, razors, toothbrushes and similar items with them.
¦ Once you’ve caught the virus, it remains in your body for the rest of your life and you can expect cold sores to reappear intermittently. They can be treated with over-the-counter medicines from your pharmacy, but normally heal on their own within a few days.
¦ Apply antiseptic ointment and stay away from acidic and salty foods. Keep your cold sores in check by avoiding the things that tend to trigger them, like colds, flu and stress. They tend to be aggravated by exposure to sunlight, so remember to apply lip balm and sunscreen whenever you’re outdoors. M
Read of more ways to steer clear of winter sicknesses in the 08 July 2015 issue of Move! Magazine