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WINTERTIME IS OFTEN TINGLE TIME

Let’s face it. Winter really isn’t the most wonderful time of the year. (Holidays aside, of course.) Long nights. Frigid days. It can be harsh. It’s also the season when cold sores often pop up. That’s why it’s important to understand the reasons why cold sores can be more prevalent during the winter. That way, you can take extra measures to weather the cold and any potential outbreaks winter may throw your way.

It’s in the Air

When it comes to winter air, it’s best to err on the side of caution. There are several factors to consider—both indoors and outdoors.

Outside

Exposure to the elements, especially the harsh, dry winter winds, can irritate the skin around your mouth and lips, making you more vulnerable to an outbreak. Using a lip balm daily will supply moisture and help protect your skin from weather-induced dryness. For added protection against chapped lips, consider wearing a scarf around your mouth to further block the dry, cold air.

Outside

Exposure to the elements, especially the harsh, dry winter winds, can irritate the skin around your mouth and lips, making you more vulnerable to an outbreak. Using a lip balm daily will supply moisture and help protect your skin from weather-induced dryness. For added protection against chapped lips, consider wearing a scarf around your mouth to further block the dry, cold air.

Inside

During the winter, the air indoors is generally drier than other seasons due to heaters (especially forced air heaters). This can dry out the skin around your mouth, cause chapped lips, and trigger the cold sore tingle. It’s a good idea to keep a humidifier in your house as a way to add extra moisture and offset the dry, warm air.

Inside

During the winter, the air indoors is generally drier than other seasons due to heaters (especially forced air heaters). This can dry out the skin around your mouth, cause chapped lips, and trigger the cold sore tingle. It’s a good idea to keep a humidifier in your house as a way to add extra moisture and offset the dry, warm air.

To learn more about the winter conditions that can trigger your cold sores—and how to overcome them—check out our tips on how to Weather the Winter and stay tingle free.