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How to Help Children and Young People Manage Cold Sores

Having a cold sore is no fun at all. They hurt and they look bad, and this combination can increase the misery for children and teenagers in particular. Young people are just as susceptible to catching the virus as adults. The virus can be spread through skin to skin contact or by sharing something like: toothbrushes, toys, or utensil belonging to an infected individual. As well as the medical remedies there are other ways to help young people manage and cope with cold sores.
Minimizing the Evidence
Having a cold sore is nothing to be ashamed of. The herpes simplex type 1 virus , or HSV-1, that causes cold sore symptoms is so virulent that an estimated 75% of adults have been exposed to the virus at some point in their lives, and may develop cold sores as a result. Yet for young people, and teenagers in particular, the appearance of a cold sore can be a catastrophic event.
There are a few ways in which you can help minimize the noticeability and duration of and outbreak which will definitely help reduce their chances of embarrassment.
Apply the treatment in the afternoon or night (of the outbreak) so your child has less exposure to other people.
Never apply multiple types of topical treatments, this only has negative effects and often causes irritation and inflammation to the area.
Always allow the scab that forms (with or without treatment) to heal without intentional removal, things like picking the scab and getting the are excessively wet can cause slow recovery and in rare cases temporary scarring. Some people have found covering up the cold sore is a good way to limit its visibility. Having applied medication, slick a thin layer of concealer on top to cover up the offending sore. The make-up will stick better to the slippery layer than to the rough surface of the sore itself. Using a cotton bud to apply the layer will help to keep the area clean and free from infections, and prevent the virus from being transferred to the concealer stick itself.
Combat the Teasing
Children can be cruel and unthinking, and anything that makes them stand out as different can attract teasing, and in the worst cases result in them being subjected to merciless bullying. Teaching youngsters to deal with any situation where they are being targeted in this way will help them cope, and protect their self-esteem.
Helping your child build a strong self-image is key. Remind them regularly that they are good, strong, and kind, and help them develop a thick skin where teasing is concerned. Visualising the words bouncing off them can be a good trick, and teaching them how to be assertive and respond positively to the teaser will make the feel empowered. If the teasing turns physical, let your child know it is ok to ask for help.
Educate , Educate, Educate
Although there is no single cause that will trigger a cold sore, they seem to appear more often when the body has been under stress and the immune system is weaker. You can’t always avoid stress, but you can teach and help your children to adopt a healthy lifestyle that can reduce it.
Giving them the tools at a young age to approach life in way that nurtures their well-being will help develop their natural instinct to take care of themselves. This will hopefully limit the number of cold sore outbreaks they experience through the course of their lives. Eating healthy foods, limiting alcohol and drug intakes, and getting enough sleep are all things within their control that can reduce stress, and the risk of an outbreak.
Working to prevent a cold sore is one thing, but once they appear it is important that young people know how to behave when they have one too. Educate your child at whatever level is appropriate for their age about the fact that HSV-1 is a very contagious virus. Try to instill a sense of responsibility around limiting the spread of the disease.
Encourage Proactive Behaviour
There is no cure for the cold sore virus (HSV-1). Once an individual has been exposed, the antibodies remain in the body for life, and cold sores can appear at future times thereafter. The fact that once you have contracted the virus there is nothing you can do can engender feelings of hopelessness. You can help with this, by making sure your child knows how to effectively treat a cold sore, and what triggers cold sores and what can be done to avoid outbreaks will give them a sense of control over the infection. Often, taking positive action can instantly boost the mood of a person who is suffering, and there are many well documented approaches to proactive health management that you and they can look into. Remind them regularly that the virus is incredibly common, and that they are by no means alone. In fact, most people who carry it were infected as children, even though many are fortunate enough not to experience symptoms until later in life. Cold Sores (HSV-1) are something most live with, and the sooner you can help your child recognize and accept that, the happier they will be.