Reducing Your Risk of Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex Type 1)
- Avoid exposure to the virus that causes cold sores.
- Avoid excessive exposure to the sun.
- Reduce physical and emotional stress.
- Practice good hygiene habits.
- Get adequate sleep and eat a healthful diet.
- Avoid touching the sores, especially avoid contact with any open cuts on your skin.
- Wash your hands often during the day.
- Take care not to spread the virus to other parts of your body such as the eyes and genital area.
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- Reviewer: David L. Horn, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 03/2015 -
- Update Date: 03/15/2015 -
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