Cold sores are a common condition that affects more than 60% of the population. Unfortunately there is currently no cure or guaranteed prevention technique, but if you are infected with the herpes simplex 1 virus there are things you can do to reduce the frequency and span of outbreaks.

Many people commonly experience cold sores when they are exposed to the sun for long periods of time. Applying a lip balm that contains at least an SPF of 15 can help protect your lips from drying and cracking which can lead to cold sores.

Since cold sores are highly contagious, it is important to avoid contact with an infected person who has an outbreak. This means refraining from kissing, sharing towels, or sharing cups and utensils when a cold sore is present.

While you have a cold sore, it is important to also stay away from people who are sick, or infants and young children as they are highly susceptible to contracting the virus and having a severe outbreak.

Cold sores often appear when our immune system is low. Helping to keep your immune system strong by maintaining a healthy diet and engaging in regular exercise will decrease your chances of a flare-up. Avoiding stress and getting the proper amount of sleep is also important in maintaining a strong immune system. In addition there are a variety of vitamins and supplements that can help boost the immune system and prevent cold sores Patients who suffer from chronic cold sore flare-ups should consult with a skin care practitioner who can prescribe medication to keep the virus in check.