Cold Sores Prevention
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How to Prevent Cold Sores
To prevent the oral spread of the herpes simplex 1 or 2 virus:
- Avoid skin contact, kissing, or sharing food, drink, or personal items with people who have active cold sores
- Avoid performing oral sex on a person with active genital herpes
- If you have an active cold sore, avoid touching the infected area (to avoid spreading the virus to other people and/or other parts of your body)
To prevent recurring outbreaks of cold sores or blisters:
- Avoid long periods of time in the sun.
- Use sun block on lips and face when in the sun.
- Get adequate rest and relaxation to minimize stress.
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