Diet, Exercise and Nutrition In general, a healthy lifestyle, which includes a high-fiber, low-fat diet and frequent aerobic exercise, has repeatedly been shown to lessen stress. Stress is one of the factors that can exacerbate cold sores. So following these recommendations is important, assuming that you are not on some other diet or exercise plan for other medical reasons. Medication Treatment isn’t necessary for the majority of people with cold sores. Many have no symptoms and rarely suffer outbreaks. Still others have mild outbreaks that go away within a week or so. For those who suffer frequent or severe outbreaks, new medications are available which will in some cases shorten the length, severity and frequency of outbreaks. In the early[…]