Can You Go In The Sun With A Cold Sore?
I don’t know about you, but I HATE cold sores with a burning rage of a 1000 suns! Even before they pop up, the minute I get that slight itching feeling… I just know my day is ruined.
Perhaps you are not as aggravated by cold sores as I am, but I’m sure they don’t bring you much joy either. So, in addition to showing you how to get rid of them as soon as possible, today I’ll talk more about the role of the sun in treating and managing them.
So, can you go out in the sun with a cold sore? It would be best if you didn’t because sun exposure is one of the most well-known triggers of a cold sore outbreak. It also makes the outbreak worse, so what you need to do is:
- 1Stay clear of the sun
- 2Apply sunscreen and/or
- 3Apply lip balm with SPF
Why Are Cold Sores Triggered By Sun Exposure?
Maybe they should be called “hot sores” instead of cold sores because the more time you spend in the sun, you increase your risk of getting a cold sore. in general UV rays damage the skin, lips are especially susceptible to damage because they are void of melanin.
Why Does Sun Exposure Make Cold Sores Worse?
As you have read, UV rays damage the skin, but the problem is compounded when you have chapped lips and applying too much sun lotion. When the lips are chapped, the sun is able to penetrate deeper into the skin and too much sun lotion makes the skin greasy which blocks the pores making the skin oilier which increases the chances of an outbreak.
This does not mean that the sun is an evil life force that you need to avoid, the sun provides us with some much-needed nutrients such as vitamin D, just don’t over do it.
How To Manage Cold Sores And Make Them Go Away Faster?
When I get a cold sore, I want the ground to open up and swallow me, or to remain housebound until it disappears! Unfortunately, this is not possible and the only way to get back to normal activity is to speed up the healing process. The good news is that it is possible, here are some steps to assist you:
Leave It Alone
As tempting as this may be, don’t try and pop or squeeze the cold sore, this will make it worse and, in some cases, cause it to spread to another part of your mouth.
Be Gentle With It
Again, you will probably be tempted to do something as ridiculous as trying to scrub it off (been there, done that, worn the t-shirt). Please do not do this!
Avoid Soaps And Cleansers
You can wash the rest of your face with soap as well as cleanse it, but not the cold sore. Some soaps and cleansers can dry out the skin and this will slow down the healing process.
Don’t Overuse Medication
Whatever medication you are given, do not overuse it. This will not speed up the healing process; in fact, there is a high chance it will slow it down.
I am in no way suggesting that you should substitute the medication prescribed by your doctor for home remedies, but you can combine them with the medication to speed up the healing process; these include:
How To Keep Them From Coming Back?
I am a firm believer that the world would be a much better place without cold sores! Therefore, I have conducted as much research as my fingers will allow to find out how to prevent them. I mean, at the end of the day, they are contagious, so the more people know how to keep them from coming back, the less people will have to suffer from these unsightly and embarrassing looking sores!
First things first, always make sure that you have the right medication to hand so that if you even feel as if you are getting a cold sore, you have something to attack it with. It is also handy to become familiar with what triggers cold sores for you, everyone is different; however, here are some of the most common:
Here are some steps you can take to prevent cold sores from coming back: