How to Manage Cold Sores

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In an agricultural country like the Philippines, the rainy season is much anticipated by the farmers who depend on their land harvests for their livelihood. However, the rainy season is dreaded by some as it often brings a variety of diseases, such as dengue, leptospirosis, pneumonia and cholera, among others. A cold sore is also one of those illnesses you can get during the rainy season when the weather is cool.


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What are cold sores?

A cold sore is a small fluid-filled, itchy and painful mouth blister that appears on or near the lips.

What causes cold sores?

Mouth sores can be contracted by kissing or sharing utensils with someone who has cold sores. Cold sores can also be triggered by cool weather, hormonal changes, poor immune function, fatigue and illnesses such as colds and flu. In most cases, cold sores are caused by Herpes simplex virus types I and II. The bad news with cold sores is that once you are infected, it cannot be cured.

How do you manage and prevent the spread of cold sore within your household and workplace?

To prevent and manage cold sores, you can do these four simple steps:

1. Make sure it’s a cold sore.
There are two types of mouth sores that you can get. Cold sores can be passed on to others. Canker sores or mouth ulcers, on the other hand, are not contagious. Check with your doctor to determine which problem you are dealing with.

2. Eat a balanced diet.
For cold sore prevention, proper eating means loading your diet with food rich in iron, zinc and vitamins A, C and E to keep your immune system strong and able to fight off simple colds or the flu—the top causes of cold sores.

3. Have good hygienic habits.
Good hygiene is one of the best ways to manage and prevent cold sores. Keep your hands clean by washing them regularly to avoid getting colds, flu or infection.

When you start feeling symptoms like tingling sensation, avoid infecting anyone else in your home by washing your hands so you can nip a cold sore outbreak in the bud.

4. Use a soothing gel.
While there is no cure for cold sores, one can reduce the frequency and severity of cold sore outbreaks. A good way to do this is to take an antiviral medication, which has been an approved treatment for these outbreaks.

You can use a soothing gel that contains carbenoxolone Na which provides symptomatic relief. Carbenoxolone Na is proven to have antiviral activity against a spectrum of viruses that include herpes and adenovirus.

Carbenoxolone Na is also an anti-inflammatory solution that relieves pain and shortens the healing time of open and aggravated lesions caused by cold sores and canker sores.

For more information about Carbenoxolone Na, consult with your doctor or call New Marketlink Pharmaceutical Corporation at (02) 480-4207.

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  1. cold sores and mouth ulcers are also quite rampant here in UAE, specially now that the summer heat of middle east has kicked in. So to avoid it, i always hydrate myself and take lots of vitamins c (tablets, fruits, juices)

    Have a great week

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