Facing the cold may mean also facing your cold sore virus – but familiarising yourself with the winter conditions that can trigger your cold sore is a great way to avoid an outbreak. To start, remember that fever, stress, fatigue and any events that affect your immune system may also cause a recurrence.
Stay healthy. Everyone becomes more vulnerable to colds and flu during the winter. Since fever is known to be a potential trigger of cold sore outbreaks, try to take extra precautions against getting sick.
- Give your body ample protection by dressing for the weather. This might mean wearing a hat, scarf, gloves or whatever you might need to keep your body warm and your immunity up.
- Drink lots of fluid, especially water, to stay hydrated and keep your system flushed. This is not only great protection against germs, but hydration helps to defend your lips from the dry air caused by winter heating.
Wind and sun. Winter winds can be cruel to anyone’s lips. But if you’re someone who gets cold sores, the wind is truly not your friend. Be certain to always wear lip products that help protect from chapping and the sun. Even though it’s winter, the sun’s ultraviolet rays can still be damaging.
Take a nap. The good news is that winter is a naturally great time to catch up on sleep and relax indoors. Both are great ways to avoid fatigue and stress, which can trigger winter cold sores, and are also good for boosting your immune system. By being well rested, your whole body – including your lips – will thank you.