Diet & Lifestyle Guide to Living Cold Sore Free

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One of the most critical factors to living without cold sores is how effective your immune system is working. A properly functioning immune system will not allow the cold sore virus to over take your system and cause symptoms. Your diet is the key to maintaining a healthy immune system so improving your diet will greatly reduce your chance of having another outbreak.

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The cold sore free diet & Lifestyle guide includes:

  • Cold sore facts and information, including what causes them and how to avoid them
  • Top tips for reducing cold sore outbreaks through diet and food choices
  • Frequently Asked Questions – what to eat and what not to eat
    Information about useful supplements, vitamins and minerals
  • Advice for vegetarians who get cold sores
  • Arginine and Lysine Food Chart
  • Cold sore photos
  • Cold sore friendly food recipes
  • Recommended reading and helpful resources

Diet & Lifestyle Guide to Living Cold Sore Free

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Cold Sore Remedies

Here is a list of tried and tested Cold Sore Remedies that will help to get those cold sores moving and keep them moving. The key to a successful cold sore remedy regime is to focus on both prevention and treatment.

There is something that you can do at every stage of a breakout to help minimise the pain and appearance.


Make a brew or cup of black tea (without milk or sugar) and allow it to steep for a few minutes. Once cool, apply the tea bag to the cold sore and hold on the area for a few moments at a time. Tea leaves are rich in tannins which are astringent and anti-inflammatory, so can assist in reducing the redness and swelling of cold sores.


Ice wrapped in a towel can be applied to the cold sore in the very early stages to help ward off the cold sore.


Avoid any supplements which contain “Arginine” including protein shakes, muscle and body-building formulas and some multivitamins. This can aggravate the cold sore virus and may cause a breakout for some people.


Lysine retards the body’s formulation of Arginine so taking a Lysine supplement can be useful. Combine with vitamin c, bioflavonoids and zinc for best results.


Take a course of antiviral + immune strengthening herbs such as olive leaf, echinacea and andrographis. Do not take olive leaf at the same time as Lysine or combined in a tablet with Lysine as olive leaf interferes with amino acid metabolism and therefore it is best to take these two substances at least three hours apart.


Balance any hormonal or other health issues. Consider contacting your Naturopath or Doctor if you suspect that a hormonal imbalance or other health condition exists. Attention to these issues may help to prevent future recurrences.


Apply an antiviral formula such as Zovirax® or Dynamiclear Rapid®.

Cold Sore Myths Exposed

Even though cold sores affect over a third of all Australian adults, there is still much confusion and various myths amongst sufferers and non-sufferers alike about what causes them.

Here are five of the most common myths when it comes to cold sores:

Cold Sore Myth # 1 – Cold Sores are caused by poor diet

A poor diet can make a cold sore reoccurrence more likely but cold sores are not actually caused by what you eat or drink. Instead cold sores are caused by a tiny virus called Herpes simplex virus or HSV.

Once you catch the cold sore virus it remains in the body until it is “activated” and causes symptoms, such as a little cluster of blisters on the lip. Things like poor diet, stress, hormones, extreme changes in the temperature and being sick can sometimes contribute to the cold sore virus becoming active.

Tip: If you are already prone to having a cold sore then what you eat can make a difference. In addition to eating as healthily as possible, try avoiding or reducing foods such as chocolate and nuts which are both high in the amino acid Arginine and low in the amino acid Lysine. Arginine is an amino acid which can aggravate the cold sore virus for some people, especially if it is not balanced by a proportional amount of Lysine in the diet.

Cold Sore Myth #.2 – Cold Sores ‘pop up’ in winter after a cold or flu

Also called fever blisters, cold sores have earned their nickname because they can appear after a person has been ill or had a fever. Since we are more likely to catch a cold or flu during winter these colder months are often referred to as the “cold sore season”.

However, cold sores can strike at any time of the year and are common in summer months too. This is because UV sun exposure can irritate the delicate skin on the lips which can sometimes trigger a cold sore.

Tip: Taking an immune boosting product during winter and using a moisturising lip balm with SPF 15+ sun block during summer can help to prevent a cold sore attack.

Cold Sore Myth #.3 – Cold sores take several days to heal

Not necessarily so, it really depends on how your body naturally responds to the cold sore virus, your particular symptoms and what treatment you use – if any. Some people prefer to just ‘ride it out’ or use a home remedy to try and prevent or clear the blisters such as applying cold tea bags, ice, honey or dabbing alcohol.

A typical cold sore will go away in 1 to 2 weeks if no treatment is used. However, there are now clinically trialled cold sore products which can help to speed healing, so it may not always be necessary to hide the days away waiting for a cold sore to clear.

Cold Sore Myth #.4 – If someone in your family gets cold sores you will get them too

No, not necessarily true. Cold sores are not a genetic condition, meaning they are not passed on from a parent to a child in the DNA or genes. Cold sores are spread by direct contact with the virus while it is active on the skin’s surface.

For example, if you kiss someone while you have an active cold sore this could spread the infection to the person who you kissed.

Tip: To prevent spreading a cold sore, do not kiss another person whenever you notice symptoms or feel one coming on. This includes from the first moment you feel symptoms until the skin has completely healed.

Cold Sore Myth #.5 – Cold sores can be spread via a person’s saliva

This is a misconception. Cold sores are not spread via body fluids such as saliva or blood. Cold sores can however be spread via an object if it has come into direct contact with the active cold sore virus and then touches healthy skin shortly after, such as through sharing the same drinking glass, lip gloss or cigarette while a person has a cold sore.

Tip: Do not share drinks, make-up, food, utensils, cigarettes or other inanimate objects that come into contact with your mouth whenever you see or feel cold sore symptoms.

Cold Sore Prevention

Sometimes it can be confusing knowing how and when cold sores can be spread, but once you have the correct information it is really easy to put Cold Sore Prevention into practice.

Having the right information is helpful for you, your loved ones and all those around you. It is easy to take a few simple precautions – do your part to help stop the cold sore virus from spreading.

Cold Sores are spread by direct skin to skin contact with the active virus, such as through a kiss or oral sex.

The normal incubation period (time before symptoms begin to show after infection) is usually 2 to 20 days.[1]

Cold sores can spread whenever the virus is active on the skin’s surface, signs include itching, tingling, redness or inflammation. It can also spread when there are no symptoms, and the high risk time for this to happen is just before the symptoms develop and a few days after the cold sore has healed.

Don’t share drinks, make-up, shavers, cigarettes or other objects that touch your lips if you have a cold sore or feel one coming on.

The cold sore virus can be spread to the genital area (genital herpes) if the virus is spread to that area during oral sex. This will only happen if the cold sore virus is active on the skin at the time of contact. Rule to remember – don’t receive oral sex if your partner is feeling symptoms or has a cold sore, and don’t kiss or give oral sex if you are experiencing cold sore symptoms yourself.

Washing the area affected with soap and water, as soon as possible after contact, can help to sweep the virus away and may in some cases help cold sore prevention if done immediately and within a few minutes.

Once the body encounters the cold sore virus for the first time it begins to build up antibodies against it. It can take a few weeks, but once this antibody response is established the chance of spreading the virus to another body area is much less likely and the symptoms are typically easier to control.

The cold sore virus prefers mucous membranes (such as the mouth, nostrils and genitals) and requires friction, moisture and heat to successfully transmit to another person or location. A break in the skin will make the transmission process easier for the virus.

Support your immune system with Vira Force Immune Support Formula

Try reducing symptoms with the Combined Lysine Formula

References:

  1. Hilton, Lisette., (2002) “Cold Sore”, Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health