Holiday Unhappiness for Cold Sore Sufferers
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Holidays! They should be great days of fantastic fun which contain all manner of adventures, but, if you're a cold sore sufferer, your trip may well start off with THE tingle and then you know you're going to be blighted.
And while you may be able to pack several tubes of Herstat cold sore treatment in your suitcase, understanding why travel is a trigger for cold sores could help you prevent an outbreak in the first place.
Why do cold sores love holidays?
There are a number of reasons why a cold sore rears its ugly head almost as soon as you step off the plane. In fact, the Herpes Simplex 1 (HSV1) virus may start to do its worst before you even finish packing. And these are the reasons:
Pre-holiday stress - Yes, the days leading up to a holiday are rarely calm - there always seems to be last minute work commitments, passports which are suddenly lost, and the horrible fight to keep luggage below the airline's baggage allowance. So, many people become overtired and stressed before they set off and this means that their immune system is low.
When a cold sore sufferer's immune system dips this is the time that HSV1 can get to work to produce a cold sore. If the traveller is fighting a cold or minor infection, or the cramped confines of a long haul cabin mean they are breathing recycled air for hours on end, then the body will be working overtime to fight off any spread of infection. So, by the time the holiday maker heads for the hotel, a cold sore could already be manifesting.
What time is it? - Jet lag causes all sorts of issues for cold sore sufferers, and even mild sleep deprivation (late nights and all-night clubbing are a holiday staple for many) can be a cold sore trigger. So, it doesn't matter what time of night, or day, it occurs, getting six to eight hours of sleep each 24 hour period could help halt a cold sore outbreak by preventing the body from becoming run down.
Pass the sunblock - Strong sunlight is a well-known cold sore trigger for many sufferers and the use of a great quality lip balm with ingredients to help reduce UV-A and UV-B damage will always help.
However, getting sunburned on any part of the skin means the body goes into overdrive to heal the affected area; this then leaves a door open for HSV1 to launch an attack on the lips. So, to prevent sunlight from being a trigger, it is really important to cover up or use a quality sunscreen which protects against harmful UV rays.
What's on the menu - A change of diet can wreak havoc on the skin and it's no lesser problem for cold sore sufferers. A healthy diet which avoids foods high in arginine (such as beer peanuts, cola and chocolate) and is high in Vitamins B, C and E, plus the mineral zinc and amino acid lysine, can go a long way in cold sore prevention.
Yet, it's not always easy while on holiday to make sure that diets remain full of healthy foodstuffs, and if the body is suddenly deprived of certain items it can mean that a cold sore rears its ugly head. Simple solutions such as good quality supplements can save the day when the right type of food is simply not available, and why not keep a look out for healthy alternatives to boost consumption of the diet essentials which are key in helping to fight off cold sores.
Herstat can help
You may think that packing a cold sore remedy is unnecessary when you leave for your long-awaited holiday, but including a couple of tubes of Herstat Cold Sore Care ointment is a very sensible thing to do. Then, if you feel that dreaded tingle, you know you can start the treatment as soon as possible.
Clinical trials have proven that, when applied as recommended (every two hours or at least five times a day), Herstat can, on average, reduce healing time of a cold sore by three and a half days with skin returning completely to normal within 6.24 days.
So, don't fear your annual leave, but don't leave the Herstat at home! Order online today.