Post # 1
AHHHHH I am so upset! I felt it coming in last night and immediately slathered Abreva all over it but this morning I woke up and there’s a huge cluster on my bottom lip. It’s so gross (and definitely noticeable) and I don’t know what to do!
Bees that experience cold sores, what do you do to “hide” it? All I can think to do is wear my lip balm that has a slight sheen to it… I don’t think trying to cover it with lipstick is a good idea… it might make it stick out even more! HELP!!!
Also, this is the second time this month that I’ve broken out! Any tips on preventing this in the future? I will say that my lips have been very chapped lately (moved to a new city with crazy weather) and I’ve been stressing about finding work. Could those be factors?
Post # 3
Defiantely start taking L Lysine. I have gotten cold sores since I was 5 and have tried every prescription and this vitamin has worked better then all of them. It stops them from forming and heals faster. There are also Lysine creams too, but I use the Lysine and Abreva. I have used a daily dose of acyclovair as well during really stressful times. In the early stages I ice it too. Good luck!
ETA: Stress is definately a trigger for me!
Post # 4
I get cold sores when I’m stressed, fighting off illness (or just plain sick) or if I’m out in the sun without suncreen slathered on my lips. I used Abreva when I got them or hairspray (spray on finger, dab on cold sore — dries everything out). But covering them with chapstick or lipstick always made them gunky and gross.
Good news! I haven’t had one in a really, really long time because of this crazy tip my gyno (of all people) told me… Her dad is also a doctor (general medicine) and he swore by vitamin C. She never got cold sores, so she never tested it herself. Anyway, I take 1/4 teaspoon of powdered vitamin C, mixed with water, either in the am or before bed. And I haven’t had a cold sore as long as I’m consistent with that. (Vitamin C has also helped regulate my, um, digestion as a nice side benefit.)