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Dreading an invasion? Arm yourself with these fast facts and you’ll be ready to attack from the early tingle…
We know that it’s tricky to avoid some of these triggers, but they’re often the cause of an outbreak.
…is the number of strains of the herpes simplex virus, which causes cold sores. Generally, HSV-1 causes cold sores around the mouth, while HSV-2 leads to genital herpes.
Anti-viral creams are effective at easing symptoms, but only if used at the initial signs of a cold sore. If you feel a burning tingle, that’s the virus spreading and replicating – so act fast!
…of people will catch at least one type of herpes virus in their lives, but only one in five will have obvious symptoms. Why? It’s all in the genes.
1 The anti-viral balm Apply Bonjela Cold Sore Cream Invisible, £5.99/599 points (2g), at the first signs.
2 Go techie The clever Boots Pharmaceuticals Electronic Cold Sore Machine, £39.99/3,999 points, can be used from that tell-tale tingle and helps speed up healing time.
3 Handbag BFF Keep Blistex Daily Lip Conditioner SPF15, £2.69/269 points (7g), close by and apply regularly to help avoid chapped lips – a common precursor to cold sores.
Did you know?
Once you have the virus, it doesn’t go away – it just lies dormant. So when your immune system is busy with something else, such as battling a cold, you may get a flare-up.
Some cold-sore myths spread almost as fast as the virus itself! Here are the top three weird topical ‘cures’ we’ve heard. (P.S: they don’t work!)
Child + cold sores = tears
Boots pharmacist Meera Shah says: ‘Children with cold sores should avoid eating acidic or salty foods, as these will sting. Instead, offer cold, soft foods, such as banana sandwiches. Sipping drinks through a straw will also be less painful.’
Then consider Kalms Lavender One-A-Day Capsules, £6.49 (14 capsules), a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the relief of the symptoms of mild anxiety. Exclusively based on long-standing use as a traditional remedy. Always read the label.
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