May 25, 2016
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Herpes Simplex Infections (Non-Genital) (cont.)

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Is it possible to prevent cold sores?

The best way to prevent a herpes simplex infection is to avoid physical contact with someone with cold sores. Also, do not share items such as utensils and lip balm with an infected person.

To prevent future outbreaks:

  • Avoid long periods of time in the sun and use sun block on lips and face.
  • Reduce stress by getting adequate rest and relaxation.
  • Avoid trauma to the mouth or involved area.
  • Take antiviral medication if prescribed by a doctor for chronic suppressive therapy.

Frequent hand washing will help reduce the spread of the virus to other parts of the body or to other people.

Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease


United States. National Institutes of Health. "Cold Sores."

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/18/2015


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