When you have a cold sore outbreak, it’s very important that you understand foods and cold sores. I know that this may seem like simple information, but it’s actually very important. That’s because there is a known link between foods and cold sores and the health of your mouth. In fact, there are even links between eating certain foods and triggering cold sores.
For instance, did you know that some people get cold sores forever after they kiss someone who is allergic to certain words or things? This happens because their immune system has reacted to the person’s saliva. The saliva contains a protein called h SV-1. When the person kisses someone who has a cold sore, this causes the SV-1 to go into their mouth, which triggers off the outbreak.
Other foods and triggers can cause an outbreak. These include foods that contain oxidizers (such as coffee and tea, chocolate, etc), garlic, onions, and spicy foods. You may be surprised to find out that some medications can also cause cold sores to form. Some examples include aspirin, amoxicillin, and penicillin.
There is also a known connection between certain types of medications and smoking. This is why you should make sure to use reliable medications whenever you feel an outbreak coming on. If you don’t, you could end up having a trigger or two each time you get cold sores. Fortunately, there are some ways to prevent or get rid of them altogether. So, here are the foods and triggers that you should avoid or be very wary of if you want to keep them from triggering off an outbreak:
For example, chocolate is known to cause an outbreak, but you should only eat it in very small amounts. On the other hand, citrus foods such as oranges and grapefruit can be eaten regularly and will not trigger off outbreaks. Another food that you should be very cautious of is alcohol. This is because it contains dehydrating agents which will dehydrate your body and make it more susceptible to getting cold sores. In addition, alcohol can also cause itching and irritation around the lips, nose, and mouth.
Now that you know what foods you should avoid, let’s talk about foods that can actually help you get rid of cold sores. In general, spicy foods like chilli, curry, and chilli con carne are great. But, if you want to maximize your chances of healing them and preventing future outbreaks, then you should consider eating foods with high levels of antioxidants such as blueberries, kale, broccoli, and prunes. These foods will help nourish and protect your body, making it more resistant to viruses and bacteria. When it comes to remedies, it’s always best to try the things you’ve never tried before!