Cold Sore Triggers

What can Trigger a Cold Sore?

Some of the most common aspects of our lives can trigger cold sore outbreaks. Various factors influence when and how severe a cold sore can be. You can avoid your next serious outbreak by avoiding a couple key triggers that surround our daily routines, and by being proactive. Learning how to hide a cold sore is unnecessary if you can prevent it completely!

Lack of Sleep

Lack of sleep is one of the primary triggers in a cold sore outbreak. When you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system suffers, making flare-ups more common and severe. In a hectic schedule, it can be easy to loss track of sleep, so be sure to include time in your day for relaxation and sleep. Added exercise can help also, by boosting the immune system naturally.


It is proven that stress has a number of adverse effects on the human body, and one of them is repressed immune system. High-stress can allow cold sores to take advantage of a worn-down immune system and create an outbreak. Try to isolate yourself from stress in your own way, whether it’s long walks, yoga, time with friends, and so on. Cold sores and emotions are intricately linked and improving your emotional health can have beneficial effects in regards to future outbreaks.

Cold Temperatures

Protecting yourself from the cold is one of the primary ways to avoid a common trigger. Cold weather, combined with dry air and wind can dry out lips quickly and allow cold sores to being a flare-up. Use a scarf during winter to protect your lips and face from harsh cold weather.

UV Rays

Ultraviolet rays (UV) from the sun can damage skin and lead to a cold sore. By using good sunscreen, hats or beach umbrellas, you can avoid the suns harmful rays and avoid the risk of a cold sore.


While hormones are not inherently controllable, changes in hormones for women during the menstrual cycle can trigger an outbreak of cold sores. Pay attention to your cycle and manage any stress you may be feeling at the time.

Oral Protection

Any cuts or injuries to your mouth are a sure way to trigger cold sores. While it may seem easy right now, various objects near or in the mouth can cause injuries that lead to infections. For example, a dentist that pulls on a sensitive area on the month. Try to avoid injuries around the mouth and lips. Using a soothing lip balm can also help to protect dry lips from cracking and causing infection as well.

Avoid Illness

Fevers, colds, or a flu can leave you vulnerable and with a weakened immune system. When your feeling signs of a cold or other illness, try to get plenty of rest and liquids, otherwise you will be helpless to a cold sore infection.

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