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A big part of cold sore management is being able to identify the most common cold sore triggers. Although it may be difficult to fully understand why cold sores happen, the more you’re aware of possible triggers, the better prepared you’ll be to treat cold sores at the first tingle. Or even prevent them from coming on.

While there are many factors that could lead to a cold sore outbreak (everyone is affected differently), here’s a look at the most common cold sore triggers:

Remember, make sure to begin treatment as soon as you feel a cold sore tingle to achieve the best results.

So what triggers your cold sores? Take our cold sore trigger quiz to find out, and get tips on how to manage them and avoid the tingle.