Once you get the herpes simplex virus 1, it cannot be cured but it can be managed. And you can help prevent the reactivation of the cold sore virus by identifying your triggers. Most people who are infected with the virus have no symptoms until some external factor wakes up the infection.

Reactivation of virus

Once you contract the HSV-1, it usually causes an initial outbreak of cold sores. Then, the virus remains in your body for the rest of your life, and you get no cold sore while the virus lies dormant in the body between outbreaks. Many factors can wake up the virus which in turn, starts replicating and spreading. In the same time, the immune system tries to fight back the virus and this results in inflammation (pain and redness).

Knowing yourself well

Knowing and recognizing your triggers is a huge asset in managing outbreaks. To do this, it can be helpful to keep a journal where you record your stress level, the events that mark your daily life, what you eat, how you sleep, etc. Identifying the events that trigger new outbreaks will allow you to be proactive in preventing them in the future.