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.

Your cold sore triggers are:

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 could be 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 could be your cold sore time. 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 take action 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 from cold sores 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. And don’t ignore the tingle, act on it! Taking positive action can make all the difference when it comes to cold sores.

Learn how 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. Take action instead of stressing out. Try yoga, deep breathing or simply find a quiet place to relax for a bit.

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. Take action instead of stressing out. Try yoga, deep breathing or simply find a quiet place to relax for a bit.

Learn how 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.

Get tips on how 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.

Get tips on how 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. Take action instead of stressing out. Try long walks outside or listen to your favourite music.


    Try These 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.


    Get Some Tips on How To Sleep Better

  • 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.


    Learn How to 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. Use lip balm with SPF and wear a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors and don’t forget your beach umbrella when heading out during the day.


    Find Your Spot in the Shade

  • 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.


    Learn About Cold Sores and 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. And don’t ignore the tingle, act on it! Taking positive action can make all the difference when it comes to cold sores.


    Learn How to Stay Strong During Cold & Flu Season

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