How Often Will I Get A Cold Sore?

By Jomvie

Cold sore, canker sore or fever blister is likely to be considered as nuisance in nature. Once it starts to flare up, it will completely compel you with its annoying itchiness, tingling, and burning sensation around your lips, inside your mouth and even at your genitals.

Considering all these facts, you might not want to reconsider yourself getting back on that same feeling again and all you want is to forget everything that had happened; after considering yourself as cured and treated from the said condition.

Well, reality is, herpes simplex virus can recur at any time of the day without prior notice. Cold sore is a condition which doesn’t have a total cure.

You will just realize it is there when it starts to burn and itch.

Although some people who developed cold sore will not always feel any of these symptoms, but considering its recurrence with or without symptoms, it is still a sad truth that you have to take.

Since herpes simplex virus cannot be cured, there are steps taken to lower its frequency and duration of breakout and means to prevent from infecting other people.

To be cold-sore-free, you have to consider these actions to avoid or control cold sore flare-up

Eat a balanced diet. Paying attention to your diet can help minimize recurrences of herpes virus. You should eat foods that helps nourish, strengthens and protects your skin. These are foods that contain:

Vitamin C

  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Bell peppers
  • Lettuce
  • Strawberries
  • oranges


  • Bright colored fruits and vegetables such as apricots, cherries, cranberries and prunes
  • Wine and juice made of berries and grapes
  • Black tea (Earl Gray)


  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Dairy products
  • Seafood
  • Wholegrain cereals
  • Beans and lentils

You should avoid foods that triggers cold sore symptoms such as foods or supplements containing arginine (Arginine should be balanced with lysine), processed and junk food, artificial sweeteners, etc.

Stress. Stress is a major contributor on your cold sore breakout. It puts too much pressure to your immune system and triggers your herpes virus.

UV Rays. If you are prone to cold sore, it is best for you to avoid soaking yourself under the strong heat of sunlight or ultraviolet rays as it triggers herpes virus to breakout.

Exposure to extreme wind and cold weather. You might want to wrap yourself real good as winter comes to avoid chilly wind-burn around your lips. And if you consider going for an outdoor fun, make sure to put your cold sore cream on.

When to consider going for a doctor’s advice:

  • If your cold sore does not heal in two weeks
  • Frequent recurrence
  • Severe symptoms of cold sores

Cold sore breakout may vary from time to time. Some people might get them often and seldom for others. You should know your body more than anything else to be able to avoid herpes virus flare up.

Last Updated: June 10, 2014


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