DISCOVER YOUR COLD SORE TRIGGERS

Now it is time to identify what may cause your cold sore outbreaks, so you’ll have one more weapon in your arsenal. Remember, not everyone’s cold sore is triggered by the same thing. But there are common factors that may cause your cold sore outbreaks.

Take this short quiz to see what triggers your cold sores

Here Are Your Cold Sore Triggers:

I tend to get cold sores…

When I get sick, I tend to get cold sores.

I would say my life is…

I sometimes get cold sores after visiting the dentist.

I wake up rested and refreshed…

I tend to get cold sores during my menstrual cycle.

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Cold weather

Winter is your cold sore season. Protect yourself from the elements. Wear a scarf or pull up that turtleneck to avoid exposure to cold weather, dry air, and winter wind that can dry out lips. Use lip protectant to ensure your lips are moisturized.

How to put the freeze on cold sores

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Excessive sunlight

Summertime is cold sore time for you. Go on the offensive against sun exposure. Not only can ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun damage your skin, but sun exposure can also trigger cold sores. So fight back by using lip balm with SPF, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, and using a beach umbrella.

How to stay cold sore free this summer

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All year round

Looks like you get cold sores all year round. In colder months, protect yourself from the elements. Wear a scarf or pull up that turtleneck to avoid exposure to cold weather. Use lip protectant to ensure lips are moisturized. In the summertime, avoid excessive sun exposure by using lip balm with SPF, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, and using a beach umbrella.

Learn how to protect yourself all year long

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Weakened immune system

A fever, a cold, or the flu can leave you feeling run-down and on the defense against a cold sore outbreak. When you feel a cold, fever, or the flu coming on, listen to the experts and get plenty of rest and fluids. It could be just what you need to knock out a cold sore.

Want to give your immune system a boost?

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Stress

Be sure to keep your stress level in check. Stress messes with emotions and can also wear down your immune system, giving that dormant cold sore a chance to launch a sneak attack. Fight the urge to stress out. Instead, breathe deeply and relax.

Learn how to keep stress in check

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Stress

There’s a good chance your cold sores are caused by stress. Stress messes with emotions. But stress can also wear down your immune system, giving that dormant cold sore a chance to launch a sneak attack. Fight the urge to stress out. Instead, breathe deeply and relax.

Learn how to reduce stress

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Dental trauma

Some dental procedures can pull at the sensitive area around your mouth, causing trauma to your mouth or lips that can launch a cold sore outbreak. If this is one of your triggers, make your dentist an ally and join forces to minimize trauma.

Discover the link between dental work and cold sores

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Fatigue

Your lack of sleep may be triggering your cold sore. In today’s hectic world, feeling “beat” can give cold sores the advantage. So relax. Exercise. And most of all, sleep. A good night’s rest can recharge your immune system and help protect you from the virus.

Want to get a good night’s sleep?

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Fatigue

Your lack of sleep may be triggering your cold sore. In today’s hectic world, feeling “beat” can give cold sores the advantage. So relax. Exercise. And most of all, sleep. A good night’s rest can recharge your immune system and help protect you from the virus.

Want to get a good night’s sleep?

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Hormonal changes

For women, hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle can trigger an outbreak. Pay attention to your own hormonal cycle and watch for signs of a cold sore so you can treat it early.

Learn more about hormonal changes

Cold Sore Triggers

  • Stress

    Sure, stress messes with emotions. But stress can also wear down your immune system, giving that dormant cold sore a chance to launch a sneak attack. Fight the urge to stress out. Instead, breathe deeply and relax.

    Try relaxation techniques

  • Fatigue

    Like stress and illness, fatigue can zap your immune system, making you easy prey for a cold sore outbreak. In today’s hectic world, feeling “beat” can give cold sores the advantage. So relax. Exercise. Sleep. And give your immune system a fighting chance.

    Better sleep tips

  • Cold weather

    Protect yourself from the cold. Wear a scarf or pull up that turtleneck to avoid exposure to cold weather, dry air, and winter wind that can dry out lips. Use lip protectant to ensure lips are moisturized.

    Weather the winter

  • Excessive sunlight

    Go on the offensive against sun exposure. Not only can UV rays from the sun damage your skin, but sun exposure can also trigger cold sores. So fight back by using lip balm with SPF and wear a wide-brimmed hat, and use a beach umbrella.

    Find your spot in the shade

  • Hormonal changes

    For women, hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle can trigger an outbreak. Pay attention to your own hormonal cycle and watch for signs of a cold sore so you can treat it early.

    Periods and pregnancy

  • Dental trauma

    Trauma to your mouth or lips can launch a cold sore outbreak. Could be an injury. Could be a dental procedure that pulls at the sensitive area around your mouth. If this is one of your triggers, make your dentist an ally and join forces to minimize trauma.

    Visiting the dentist

  • Weakened immune system

    A fever, a cold, or the flu can leave you feeling run-down and on the defense against a cold sore outbreak. When you feel a cold, fever, or flu coming on, listen to the experts and get plenty of rest and fluids. It could be just what you need to knock out a cold sore.

    Stay strong during cold and flu season

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