Herpes is a terrible scourge. They itch, hurt, crack, bleed. The reason for their appearance is the herpes simplex virus, which affects a huge number of people around the world. In cases of cold, flu, severe stress or anxiety, herpes activates and breaks out most often around the mouth, but it can also appear on other parts of the body.
The herpes virus remains in the body after the initial infection, but measures can be taken to prevent future outbreaks.
How to protect yourself from breakouts if you suffer from the herpes virus?
See if your loved one has herpes
Herpes is highly contagious, especially in its active phase, when there is a break in the skin. If your loved one suffers from herpes, the probability that you will get infected is high. Therefore, monitor your partner's condition and avoid close contact when his herpes is in an active phase.
The same applies to other loved ones of yours who are suffering from the virus. Don't kiss them if they have symptoms.
If you already suffer from herpes also avoid close contact with other people to protect them from the infection.
When the body is stressed, the immune system cannot work normally. That is why the body becomes susceptible to various infections, including the herpes virus. Keep stress to a minimum if you want to protect yourself from contracting and breaking out herpes with an existing infection in the body.
Don't stay in the sun too much
Prolonged exposure to the sun, especially during the summer months, also lowers immunity. Many probably do not use sunscreen cosmetics for their lips, and they also burn. This triggers processes in the skin cells that can weaken defenses and make the lips more susceptible to irritation.
Exposure to the sun more than allowed harms the body as a whole and weakens the immune system. To protect yourself from viruses and infections, including the herpes virus, don't abuse the sun and use sunscreen.
If you suffer from herpes keep in mind that sunburn can easily trigger breakouts and blisters.
Support the immune system
The immune system needs support. Therefore, your diet should include foods rich in vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and magnesium. These substances are necessary for the optimal functioning of the immune system.
Discard the cosmetics you used during the hack
If you used lipsticks or lip glosses while you had cold sores, throw them away. If you continue to use them after the symptoms of the infection have subsided, you risk reactivating the virus and causing another outbreak.