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Cold sores don’t have to be life disrupting. Here are some tips and advice for how you can take action.
One of the best things you can do to keep your spirits up is get outside. Activities like walking, biking, and swimming can boost endorphins, improving your mood and self-esteem.
It’s very important to take some time for yourself, doing whatever makes you feel good. Whether it’s a massage, a walk in the park or just curling up with a good read.
It might feel like the whole world’s staring, but cold sores are more common than you might think. It can help to know that others are going through a similar experience. In fact, 67% of the population under age 50 has HSV-1 and at least 1 in 4 have recurrent cold sores, so you never have to feel like you’re going through it alone.1, 2
Don’t let a cold sore make you lose sight of who you are. Jot down your 5 greatest strengths and 5 things you admire about yourself. The simple act of writing these things down can help you keep your cold sore in perspective.
Psychologists recommend calling a friend (or loved one) when confidence is low and, for 10 minutes, alternate saying positive things about one another.
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Always read and follow the label. *In clinical trials, the time to complete healing was statistically significantly shorter in the Abreva group (4.1 days) than the placebo group (4.8 days).