Cold sores are extremely common. Once you are infected the virus lives on the skin and can re- occur at anytime. They tend to flare up when you are tired, unwell, run down and are more common and problematic in people with pre-existing chronic diseases which can lower their immune system.
The HSV virus stays in a nerve junction near the spinal cord and may sometimes reappear, from time to time. Other herpes viruses also hide away and may recur; for example, chickenpox/shingles and glandular fever, but they do not cause cold sores.
The triggers that cause cold sores to re occur vary from person to person. To get on top of your breakouts try to find out what causes them so that you can try to prevent them. Common reasons for recurrences are illness, stress, tiredness, being run down, having a period, too much alcohol or ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun or sunbeds.
Anti-viral cream can help, but it’s true when they apply when you feel the tingle rather than wait for the cold sore to appear on the skin. Also they aren’t the prettiest, it’s best NOT to attempt to cover them up and leave them to heal naturally. As excessive touching area can spread the virus. If you get re-current cold sores please see your GP.
Dr Jane Leonard
MBCHB. BSC HONS (1ST ) MRCGP
Liverpool – Manchester – London
104 Harley Street, London W1G 7JD
Dr Jane Leonard is a fully qualified GP and Cosmetic doctor, graduating from the University of Manchester. She also has a first class honours degree in anatomical sciences, in which she focused her studies on the anatomy of the face, head and neck.
She completed her aesthetic training on Harley Street following a stint at The Alfred Hospital Medical Research Centre, in Melbourne, Australia. Her work in Dermatology research has been published in the prestigious Australasian Journal of Dermatology.
Almost a decade of aesthetic treatment experience, Dr Leonard has been nominated for the Cosmetic Doctor of the Year in the prestigious Safety in Beauty Diamond Awards.