I have had reoccurring cold sores since I was a baby. Surprisingly, 80% of people have some form of HSV1 (cold sores) but the amount of times they flare up depends on a lot of things.
Things to keep in mind:
– Cold sores / fever blisters are EXTREMELY contagious. Do not kiss, share drinks, use the same chapstick, or anything that would cause you to pass the virus to anyone.
-That includes intimate acts as well (however, cold sores are HSV-1, and genital herpes come from HSV-2, so they are two different strains of the virus and you can’t get one from the other, but you NEED to avoid physical contact while you have a cold sore so as not to spread the virus).
– They flare up with stress or due to eating foods high in arganine, such as peanuts, almonds, and chocolate. Take Lysine supplements (available where they sell vitamins) up to 3 times a day starting right now. Lysine evens out the levels of arganine in your body.
-Keep it as DRY as possible. No chapstick, no water unless you need to shower (i.e. drink out of a straw, be careful when washing your face, etc.).
-Use ice wrapped in paper towel to help with the pain and to help it heal. Also, avoid heat from being near your face. Heat causes the blisters to swell, which is why they get bigger when we sleep and our body temp is higher.
-Walgreens sells a great OTC cold sore remedy. It’s about $15 for two medicinal vials. You use one at the start and apply all of the liquid to the cold sore. If it’s not smaller the next day, use the second vial (or keep it for future use). This has worked better than any prescription or other OTC I’ve tried!
Don’t worry, everyone gets them. Just try to destress and it will go away with time!