Cold sores can be detected early if you can make yourself aware of the warning signs. Common signals such as tingling, itching and warmth at the point of occurrence should be an indicator of cold sore developing. This phase lasts for several hours and is the best time to take precautions. During this phase the infected area should not be touched. Touching or itching will act as a catalyst for the virus to spread to other parts. In case you want to touch, it would be advisable to clean the surface with anti – bacterial agent and then wipe it with cotton.
Nutrition plays a very important role in making the herpes simplex virus dormant. Good exercise and dietary habits need to be followed if you want to make the virus dormant. It is very important to understand that simple slight changes in food habits will improve the alkaline content in your body thus making the virus dormant for very long periods, if not the rest of your life.
The herpes simplex virus needs an acidic climate to thrive and multiply. A balanced dietary approach between acidic and alkaline foods will help you in getting the much needed respite from herpes simplex virus type 1. Diet restriction is very important because it can actually make the virus dormant. Do consult a nutritionist before taking any advice.
Some of the foods which should be reduced or completely avoided are as follows:
Pork, shellfish, margarine products, artificial sweeteners, junk food, mayonnaise, caffeine, MSG, high fat dairy products, alcohol, saturated fat foods, etc. Chocolates should be completely avoided by people suffering from the herpes simplex virus. This virus can also get triggered from artificial sweeteners because of the chemicals and various kinds of preservatives used in them.
Foods which have a high fibre content are good for the heart and also for the increasing metabolism. Care should be taken to avoid acidic foods when you are suffering from herpes simplex virus. Juices, water and milk are the best ways to stay healthy and fit. Caffeine can be consumed in a limited quantity if you are in the habit of drinking it a lot and smoking should be totally avoided.