5 Ways to Prevent and Treat Cold Sores, and Protect Your Loved Ones

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The truth is, cold sores are no one's friend! Here are 5 good tips for preventing and healing cold sores on yourself but making sure they don't spread to your family and friends either! It's not fun, but there is relief! #ad

I have to be honest – I went a little selfie crazy in this post.

I have to be honest again – I love my lips and I want to keep them healthy at all times. While I have never had a cold sore, they are quite common and nothing to laugh about. They can be painful and embarrassing. With cold sores being so common, they shouldn’t be as embarrassing as they are, but the truth is that you don’t just want to prevent and treat yours, you want to make sure they don’t spread to your friends and family. You’re maybe wondering a few things. What is a cold sore? And how did you get one? A cold sore is a small blister that forms around the mouth that is clear and filled with fluid.

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus that lives inside nerve tissue. It’s estimated that 80% of the population carry the virus, and that 60 million people have outbreaks once or more per year. Known as fever blisters, Herpes Simplex (HSV1) – they are NOT the same as genital herpes. Good news is that there are ways to prevent and treat cold sores. According to Quantum Health*, patients had symptoms significantly reduced with Lip Clear® Lysine + Topical Ointment.

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Here are 5 ways to prevent and treat cold sores, and protect your loved ones:

1 – Reduce your stress. This is way easier said than done, but if you’ve already had one cold sore, the virus is in your system and always will be, but hopefully dormant. Stress weakens your resistance to cold sores, so stress solutions help.

2 – Don’t share germs with a cold sore! They spread through contact with someone who has them. This means to limit kissing, and also sharing forks, spoons and glasses. Also don’t touch your sore or someone else’s sore until it clears.

3 – Keep your lips out of the sun. Excessive sunlight can cause an outbreak. Wear a lip balm with SPF and facial sunscreen. You can wear a hat or sit in the sun. If you do have a cold sore, put balm on with a cotton swab so it doesn’t spread.

4 – If you have one, ice it. It doesn’t work the way medication does, but a cold pack can reduce the pain and inflammation.

5 – Use the Lip Clear trio. Lip Clear Lysine+ Ointment provides pain relief, cuts healing time in half, and also moisturizes lips. Lip Clear Lysine+ Coldstick protects your lips from the sun, which is a common trigger, and also soothes cracked or chapped lips for fast relief. The Lip Clear Invisible Cold Sore Bandage is an invisible cold sore bandage that protects your cold sore from day-to-day irritants, creating a healing environment. You can apply makeup on top of it too!

Basically, you don’t have to let the pain and embarrassment stop you from living your full life!

The truth is, cold sores are no one's friend! Here are 5 good tips for preventing and healing cold sores on yourself but making sure they don't spread to your family and friends either! It's not fun, but there is relief! #ad

The truth is, cold sores are no one's friend! Here are 5 good tips for preventing and healing cold sores on yourself but making sure they don't spread to your family and friends either! It's not fun, but there is relief! #ad

Lip Clear Lysine+ Ointment has been shown to cut the healing time in HALF! That soothing, moisturizing action stops pain on contact. It’s the leading and most effective herbal nutrient ointment available. And it’s soothing, effective, cold sore care with Lysine and 14 nutrients. Check out more information about how to use the Lip Clear Invisible Cold Sore Bandage:

*References: https://www.quantumhealth.com/blog/post/symptoms-significantly-reduced-with-lip-clear-lysine-topical-ointment

Have you ever had a cold sore?

The truth is, cold sores are no one's friend! Here are 5 good tips for preventing and healing cold sores on yourself but making sure they don't spread to your family and friends either! It's not fun, but there is relief! #ad

5 Ways to Support Your Family’s Immune Health This Spring, and Beyond

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We were a little surprised to have such sick kids well into April. The thing is, though, it's important to support your family's immune health all year long! Here are our favorite ways to support your family's immune health this spring, and beyond! #ad

The thing is, the sick finally did get us. Even though we thought we were “safe.”

Unfortunately, viruses don’t follow the calendar and stop coming around on March 20th! In early April, my kids were hit HARD with a fever/cold virus. Des always gets viruses a bit worse than Scarlet. She had a one day lead on him, but she was back to school by the Friday before spring break. Luckily. Des needed an extra day in bed and on the couch, with popsicles, water, and lots of cuddling. I’ve felt protected for years now, since I take E.N.T. Probiotics, and this virus incident made me decide to support my kids’ immune systems and overall health with Lifestix E.N.T. Care. We love it for many reasons.

Now that it’s spring, we have new obstacles. Our beautiful garden is starting to bloom, and pollen is flying everywhere! Millions of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, and sadly, we are no exception. Lifestix E.N.T. Care is a new immune probiotic that is specific to the oral cavity – helping to support ear, nose and threat health. This makes me think of ways we can support our family’s immune health right now, and into the year. Now that I have two kids in school, and also outside around allergens, it’s more important than ever. Here are 5 ways to support your family’s health this spring, and beyond.

1 – E.N.T. Care, of course. After all, it takes care of your oral microbiome for better immunity. E.N.T. Care populates your oral cavity with good bacteria, and helps your body fight bad bugs and triggers that get you down and out. It has a delicious strawberry flavor – and trust me, I tried it myself! I had to get my kids excited to take their probiotic every day.

We were a little surprised to have such sick kids well into April. The thing is, though, it's important to support your family's immune health all year long! Here are our favorite ways to support your family's immune health this spring, and beyond! #ad

This is a probiotic different from any you’ve heard of, I bet! While many probiotics are gut probiotics, this is an oral microbiome, related to ear, nose and throat. It’s the first immune defense. Since your mouth is your body’s entry point for nutrition, and for both good and bad bacteria, E.N.T. Care helps balance the beneficial bacteria in the mouth. This also supports immune response by populating the ears, nose and throat with good bacteria.*

2 – Give a boost with those fruits and vegetables! This is totally the time of year. I don’t know about your kids, but mine are much more likely to eat the fruits and vegetables that come from our own garden and/or the local farmers market. Try to have everyone eat 4-5 servings a day, with the knowledge that serving sizes vary by age.

3 – Give your family a sleep boost. It’s the oldest trick in the book (along with drinking water), and yet many of us don’t heed the warnings. Sleep deprivation can make you more susceptible to illness, several studies say.

4 – Exercise as a family. Make it a regular habit. We got into the habit of bike riding together in the school parking lot, since it’s a local flat space to start out. Scarlet regularly runs 5K’s so she likes to drag inspire us to join!

5 – Prevent the spreading of germs. Immune systems go through a lot, and the more stress you can prevent, the better. Have your kids wash their hands with soap before and after meals, after being outside, after playing with pets and other animals, after blowing their noses, after using the bathroom, and after returning home from school – or other crowded places.

We were a little surprised to have such sick kids well into April. The thing is, though, it's important to support your family's immune health all year long! Here are our favorite ways to support your family's immune health this spring, and beyond! #ad

How do you help support your family’s immune health?

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product was not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.