Do you get cold sores?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Do you get cold sores?
    Yes, all the time : (7 votes)
    4 %
    Yes, sometimes : (33 votes)
    17 %
    Yes, but only very rarely : (30 votes)
    16 %
    No, never : (123 votes)
    64 %
  • Post # 3
    2565 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I give my cats Lysine for their feline herpes and just get it from the human pharmacy.  I had no idea what humans take lysine for, and the bottle says “for healthy skin and lips” so I looked it up and it helps herpes in humans too (the cold sore kind, based on the healthy lips thing, not the STD kind!)

    You could try taking lysine daily to see if it prevented or reduced the severity of a flare up.

    Post # 4
    4367 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999


    But I do like to shove my face with chips and salsa all the time on occasion, and I seem to ALWAYS slice the side of my mouth open with a chip.  I imagine it has to be the same pain at least… I have seriously jacked up the pout doing that before.

    But mmmmmmmmmm.

    Post # 5
    5207 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I never get them but my husband does. 

    Post # 6
    4138 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I have a few times, right before I get a terrible flu. I started taking L-Lysine tablets and have not had another one since *knock on wood*. 

    Post # 8
    2565 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @MrsPanda99:  I had bought a bunch of bottles too, because they were on sale.  So after I found out people use them for herpes I hoped the check out person didn’t know that and thought I was full of herpes…

    Post # 9
    4760 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    when I was younger I had them all the time now not so much.  You can’t eleiminate it casue there is no cure but there is perscription oral medication you can take when you feel an outbreak that works real well.

    Post # 10
    5392 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @MrsPanda99:  I get them when I’m stressed, run-down, or ill. I try to stay as healthy as possible, to limit how often I get sick, and as soon as I feel one coming I use something called Zovirax which clears them up pretty quickly.

    I feel you though; OH doesn’t have it and it’s SO frustrating!

    Post # 13
    1472 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I take L-Lysine as a daily supplement. I think it helps, though I can’t be sure. I also have a prescription that I take if I feel one coming on. I hate them and they can be so embarassing. My husband (and now son) don’t have the virus, so I try my best to not get them and risk exposure. 

    I also put ice on them right away when they appear, and that seems to help, but the prescription is best.

    Interestingly, when I was pregnant, I didn’t get a single cold sore. 

    Post # 14
    518 posts
    Busy bee

    You can get a prescription for Valtrex, If you feel one coming and take Valtrex it will usually prevent it. If you already have a cold sore, it will shorten it. My sister has gotten severe cold sores since she was a baby. Also if you have it really bad and get them often, you can just take Valtrex daily to prevent.

    Post # 15
    8677 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Nope, just the more painful cousin, the cankersore. Feel better soon!

    Post # 16
    7654 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @MrsPanda99:  Oh girl I feel your pain. I used to get them all the time when I was younger, and they would come in clusters of 5 or more. They hurt SO damn bad. I was miserable and embarrassed for weeks.

    I have since grown out of them, which is a wonderful miracle. Sometimes I will feel a part of my lip get really warm and hurt, and I will immediately use Chapstick. They seemed to stop once I religiously started using Chapstick every morning and night. I can’t use Carmex or anything with a strong smell like that or it makes my lips burn and then, for some reason, a cold sore appears.

    When I did get them I would use Abreva on them and made sure to “wash” them every night and day. By washing them, I would just dampen a warm cloth and dab it (do NOT rub) on them. I let them air dry and then Abreva.

    Ugh, they suck, and I don’t have any other advice, honey.

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