MANAGING YOUR TRIGGERS

Whether you have one or multiple cold sore triggers, they tend to fall within a few similar categories. Many of these suppress your immune system or cause damage to the mouth and allow the virus to attack.

By understanding what triggers your cold sores, you can proactively take charge and help defend yourself against future outbreaks.

Multi Level Filter

SEASONAL

WEATHER THE WINTER

Cold weather can dry out lips in winter, which can leave you susceptible to cold sores. Use these winter-friendly tips to stop cold sores in their tracks.

ALL

SEASONAL

SEASONAL

FIND YOUR SPOT IN THE SHADE

UV rays can damage your lips when they’re exposed to the sun. Protect your lips by using a lip balm with SPF 15 or higher, especially in the summer.

ALL

SEASONAL

FATIGUE

GET YOUR ZZZZZZ’S

Fatigue can zap your immune system, making you an easy target for a cold sore outbreak. Get the rest you need so you can fight fatigue and keep cold sores away.

ALL

FATIGUE

FATIGUE

GET MOVING

Fatigue isn’t just mental—it can be physical, too. Remember, a little exercise goes a long way.

ALL

FATIGUE

FATIGUE

PUMP UP YOUR BRAIN

Don’t ignore the “mind” part of the mind/body equation. Our brains need constant stimulation to stay healthy and productive. Learn how to stimulate your mind and stay stress free.

ALL

FATIGUE

STRESS

TAKE IT EASY

Stress can wear down your immune system, giving that dormant cold sore a chance to launch a sneak attack. Instead, breathe deeply and relax.

ALL

STRESS

STRESS

FACE YOUR FINANCES

Money is one of the top causes of stress today—and it’s well known that stress can trigger a cold sore. Here’s why being on top of your finances is good medicine.

ALL

STRESS

STRESS

COPE WITH ILLNESS OR LOSS

It’s not a coincidence that cold sores often happen when we’re at emotional or physical lows. Here’s how to take care of yourself during those tough moments in life.

ALL

STRESS

STRESS

TAKE THAT COFFEE BREAK

Work can be a top cause of stress in our lives. Here’s how to keep work challenges in perspective and diminish their emotional impact.

ALL

STRESS

STRESS

PLAN FOR IMPORTANT DAYS

Holidays and other important days are known stressors. If you’re susceptible to stress-triggered cold sores, it’s important to plan for important days.

ALL

STRESS

HORMONES

PERIODS AND PREGNANCY

Hormones can do all sorts of strange things to your body and causing cold sores is just one of them. Be prepared by paying attention to your body.

ALL

HORMONES

DENTAL TRAUMA

DON'T DITCH THE DENTIST

Visiting a dentist while you have a cold sore can be worrisome, and can be a trigger for many people. But you don’t have to avoid it. Make your dentist an ally and join forces to minimize the chances of an outbreak.

ALL

DENTAL TRAUMA

COLD & FLU

A LITTLE PREVENTION GOES A LONG WAY

They’re called cold sores and fever blisters for a reason: when your immune system is compromised, you’re more susceptible to an outbreak. So when you feel a cold, fever, or the flu coming on, take the right precautions.

ALL

COLD & FLU

/content/dam/cf-consumer-healthcare/skin-abreva/en_us/About_cold_sore/triggers/

Myth:

SEE FACT

CLOSE

READ MORE

Confirm Email Address

BACK TO REVIEWS

Back