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Why You Need To Know About Stress And Cold Sores

By Robert H Black

In this article I want to write about the role stress plays in triggering cold sores, and why it is important we manage our stress levels if we are susceptible to this virus. Why are some people prone to cold sores and others are not? All of us are carrying this virus, so the question is what wakens the dormant virus from its slumber?

Your overall well-being is certainly a factor, as is the kind of nutrition you are getting. But let's take a particular look at the negative role physical and emotional stress can play here.

Cold sores often appear during illnesses particularly viral illnesses, pregnancy or even after a visit to the dentist to have a tooth extracted. All these are stressful events in their own right. Should you find yourself at risk of getting a cold sore, the best thing you can do to prevent this is to keep your levels of stress down as much as you can.

By this I mean both physical and mental stress, because mental stress also has physical effects. Stress has been labeled as the primary reason of outbreaks of cold sores. The virus actually lives in the nervous system cells, which makes it extremely sensitive to any changes in stress levels.

The dormant virus becomes active and awake through physical or emotional stress. It travels through to the body's surface via the nerves. On reaching the surface it enters the cells, forcing them to replicate the viruses. The ugly cold sores are the end result of this process of thousands of cells having duplicated themselves in a small area on the body.

Obviously it is just about impossible to have no stress at all in your life, but if you can keep yourself generally healthy it follows that you will be to cope better with the physical side of stress. Apart from the stress caused by illnesses, even stressful events such as weddings, funerals, arguments with spouses or colleagues can trigger cold sores. This is particularly the case for those people who generally handle stress badly.

The virus is extremely sensitive to stress changes precisely because it lives in the nervous system. So it's like a vicious circle, the various stress factors cause the immune system to deteriorate, which makes it harder for the body to fight back.

If you start feeling unwell make sure you get a lot of rest and avoid going outside in bright sunlight unless you use lip balm with a sun block. It is crucial to avoid stress as much as you can. Keep it to a minimum to help your immune system stay strong to fight the cold sore virus.
About the Author
Robert owns Cold-Sore-Free, a web site full of tips for sufferers to deal with, and overcome Cold Sores. For more free information go to Cold Sore Free

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