How to prevent a cold sore from getting worse?

Are you tired of trying every remedy out there just to prevent your cold sore from getting worse? Look no further because we’ve got some tips that will have those pesky sores running for the hills. Whether you’re dealing with a fresh outbreak or are looking for preventative measures, our advice has got you covered.

Understanding the Enemy

Before diving into prevention methods, it’s important to understand what exactly causes these little blisters on our lips. Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 aka HSV-1 is the culprit behind most cold sores. It’s highly contagious and can be transmitted through kissing or sharing utensils and towels.

Prevention Techniques

Preventing an outbreak in the first place is always better than treating them once they arrive. Here are some helpful tips:

1. Avoid Triggers

Cold sores can be triggered by stress, sun exposure, fatigue, and even menstruation (ladies). So try avoiding these stressful triggers as much as possible.

2. Use Sunscreen Regularly

Not only should sunscreen protect against cancerous rays but also works wonders when preventing outbreaks – protects the lips from sun damage which trigger cold sores.

3. Don’t Pick!

As tempting as it may be, leave those bumps alone! Picking at them will only make matters worse resulting in scar tissue & potentially permanent darkened areas around your mouth ew.

| Do Not Pick             |
| Damages Skin           |
| Creates More Outbreaks |

4.Give Your Lips Some Love

Consistent hydration using lip balm makes chapped/dry skin less likely which helps reduce chances of having another potential breakout soon after recovery.

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Lanolips The Original
Vaseline Lip Therapy
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5. Take Supplements

Certain vitamins have been known to decrease the likelihood of outbreaks:

  • L-Lysine: Taking up to 1000mg a day has been shown to reduce cold sore frequency
  • Vitamin C: Boost your immune system with vitamin c supplements making it difficult for herpes virus replication.

Treating Cold Sores

Now, we know you’re not always armed with prevention methods so if an outbreak does happen/catch one quickly how do you prevent them from getting worse? We’ve got some solutions for that too:

1. Avoid Touching It!

We can’t stress this enough – touch is only going to make matters worse resulting in more outbreaks and scarring.

| Do Not Touch!               |
| Lead To Further Infection   |
| Trigger More Outbreaks      |

2. Keep it Clean

At least once per day without scrubbing too hard or touching unnecessarily using clean warm water and soap/antibacterial cream should be cleaned.

3.Use Antiviral Cream/Ointment

To speed up the healing process, use an antiviral cream as soon as possible after noticing symptoms such as tingling or redness of skin around that area– commonly referred to as a “Cold Sore prodrome”. Some popular brands are Acyclovir and Docosanol which both show signs of preventing further multiplication/spreadout/reproduction.

     Note: Best results are seen when cream is applied during early stages (before blister development) 

Considering all these steps, treatment tends towards becoming simplified while also providing promise towards potentially reducing breakout count over time/long term scenarios saving $ wasted seeking irrelevant remedies/creams etc…


Cold sores are no walk in the park but thankfully, armed with this knowledge and some preventative measures, you can save yourself from outbreaks. Remember to keep some lip balm and sunscreen handy always as prevention is key! Stay safe out there folks!

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