Cold Sores (Herpes simplex) Aggravating medicines & Risk Factors

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Reduce aggravating medications and risk factors

Warning. You must not reduce aggravating medicines without first talking to a qualified health professional.

People who have weakened immune systems are at higher risk of complications from the virus. Medical conditions and treatments that increase your risk of complications include:

  • Eczema
  • Diabetes
  • Severe burns
  • Cancer chemotherapy
  • Anti-rejection drugs for organ transplants
  • Any condition or treatment that weakens the immune system.

Reducing risk

Most people have had some contact with herpes simplex by the time they reach adulthood and many are not even aware that they already have antibodies to the virus. Normal hygiene rules apply as well as some obvious one such as not kissing people if they or you have a cold sore.  As the virus lies dormant in the body after a first infection, methods for reducing risk should focus on prevention of recurrences.  Keeping healthy generally through diet and exercise as well as establishing good coping mechanisms for stress can all help prevent outbreaks.


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