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Cold Sore Prevention

There are actually several ways to help prevent cold sores.

  • Avoid kissing and skin contact with people who have cold sores.
  • Do not share food, drinks, or eating utensils with others, and wash your hands carefully before touching another person when you have cold sores.
  • Be careful touching other parts of your body – your eyes and genital area are particularly susceptible to spreading of the virus.
  • Avoid situations that can trigger cold sores (listed above), such as cold and sun.
  • You should also eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and take vitamins and supplements.