Cold sores in spring? It’s not just a wintertime condition. According to dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett of DLK on Avenue, in Toronto: “A number of things can reactivate the virus – like stress, sun and illness”
While it’s tough to avoid stress and illness, keep your lips shaded from UV rays with a swipe of SPF.
COLD SORE TREATMENT
Prescribed antiviral medications are the gold standard for treating cold sores if taken early enough in an outbreak, at the prodromal stage – when you feel burning, tingling or numbness, says Dr. Kellett. But if you find yourself past that point, try Polysporin Cold Sore Healing Patch, $20 for 15 patches, to conceal the lesion and to keep it from spreading. Or treat it with Coldsore-FX, $25, which contains propolis, a naturally sourced antibacterial and antiviral substance found in beehives, which is said to speed healing.