(Closed) Cold Sore?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Blushing bee

I’ve had cold sores most of my life, the best things that help me prevent them is taking lysine (hasn’t been scientifically proven to help, may just be the placebo effect but it seems to help me) and campho phenique with drying action to treat them, if I feel one starting I use those and they can actually stop it completely if I catch it early enough

There’s also zovirax, a prescription from your doctor, that seems to work really well for some people.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I take lysine too ..1000 mg .. it works

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I will have one for my wedding, 100% guaranteed the bugger will wait until the week of.

Every picture day growing up, every important ocassion, bam!

Rubbing alcohol is my treatment, none of the prescription stuff does (I’ve been given zovirax in pill and cream form) what the alc can do. As many times a day as you can, cotton pad and hold the alc on it for a minute or so. Makes the skin around it very dry, but something I suck up in effort to get it gone fast!

What is lysine?!

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Lysine is an herbal supplement, it might even be a vitamin. It’s for improving overall skin health and I heard it works for some. You can get it at Walmart in their vitamin aisle anyway. 

Honestly, if you are that worried about it and your doctor is pretty cool you should get a prescription for acyclovair. (pronounced a cycle vare)  That’s generic Valtrex.  I know I know, you scream “Isn’t that for herpes?”  Yes, it is usually only prescribed for herpes unless its requested for oral cold sores.  I use it for cold sores because I too have been plagued with them.  It’s on most $4.00 prescription lists but the Valtrex runs really high.  I don’t think its a drug that doctors are worried about people abusing so he/she is likely to give you a script for your peace of mind.

If  your doc won’t cooperate, I say buy the abreva and apply it every morning and night where the cold sores usually appear for the week before the wedding.  Solve the problem before it surfaces!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

Lysine is an amino acid that is made naturally in the body, the theory is that having high levels of it in your system prevents the virus from being able to replicate and cause a cold sore.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Laurel Rock Farms, PA

I get one about every 2 months…. and not just one big one but like 6 tiny ones all over my bottom lip.  I take Valtrex and lysine and its normally gone “to see” in 4 days if I dont catch it right away.  I start taking valtrex as soon as the itch starts then it never swells and never opens.  If I wouldnt take anything it would be a scabe for 2 weeks…. I thank my mother everytime, I inherited them from her

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@hcantrell0302: FYI-cold sores are actually caused by the herpes virus.  I just think that’s important to point out since it is contagious and can be spread to others.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I get cold sores when I’m stressed, too much time in the sun, or if I somehow get hit in the lip. It’s terrible! But, seriously, valtrex. You take it as soon as you feel that itch coming on. I haven’t had one in about two years. I would talk to your doctor about valtrex and about possibly taking it prophylactically prior to the wedding.  

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Aciclovir is really expensive in Australia (like $120 AUD for a 10 day course) but I’ve heard that it really works. Because of where I work, we get a lot of professional/trade magazines for plastic surgery etc, and in the articles where they talk about cosmetic tatooing, they usually recommend people who get cold sores/the face herp use Aciclovir before the tattooing as a preventative because it’s so good at putting the viral process on hold.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I was so relieved NOT to get one on my wedding day!  I take Valtrex as needed when I get an outbreak.  I have also used Deniver cream in the past.  You can take the Valtrex as a preventative in the days leading up to your wedding if you are worried.  I have also found that if I feel an outbreak coming on and I don’t have any medication (or even in conjunction with meds) ice works well to slow down the blister.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Ditto the L-lysine. I have gotten them my whole life and it works better than all of the prescriptions. I took it everday for the 2 weeks before my wedding along with valtrex for one week, just to be safe.

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