Post # 1
This has just been a nightmare week. Between wedding changes and relationship problems, I managed to get a cold sore on Thrusday. I bought Abreva, but by Saturday my lip blew up about 3x its size on one side. Since then, the swelling went down a smidge but my jaw feels like someone punched me (that side only), my ear aches (same side), and I have the sensation that someone is stickign needles in my chin and cheek (again, that side). It woke me up this morning at 4AM, so I took 600mg of ibuprofen which seemed to help slightly. The swelling has not reduced anymore, and is both embarassing and painful.
I don’t have insurance so I’m stuck between paying a $300-who knows fee for a walk in clinic or waiting it out. Has anyone had something like this before and did it resolve on its own?
Post # 3
It actually sounds like you’re allergic to Abreva. For me, Abreva starts working in a couple hours (not exaggerating). I would stop immediately and see if the other cold sore medication that’s OTC that I’ve forgotten the name of has the same ingredients of Abreva. If it does, go to the doc. If it doesn’t, try it out and if it doesn’t then get better, go to a doc and get some antibiotics/antivirals. Valtrex works really well (it’s not just for genital herpes or even herpes of any type, it’s used for a lot of things).
Post # 4
@LaurenK0105: Ditto the Abreva – usually starts working immediately for me. I use it at the first sign of a lip tingle and it usually keeps it from flaring up too terribly. I have also used Valtrex before. I’m worried i’ll get one the week of the wedding and was considering take a dose of Valtrex that week. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thign though. Go see your doctor! Feel better soon.
Post # 5
I would say go to the doctor. Because of the pain you described in your ear (which is pretty darn far from your lip, and seems unusual that an allergic reaction to the Abreva would cause that), I wonder if you actually have an infection, and that’s what allowed the cold sore to come on in the first place. However, I want to stress that I am in no way in the medical field, so I am just speculating.
I know it stinks when you don’t have insurance (or even if you have insurance, but it’s crappy), but please go see your doc if it doesn’t get better today. That way you can know for sure what’s causing this, and get some relief from it.
Post # 6
Unfortunately it sounds like you should see a doctor. But if you’re looking for something over the counter – taking 3000mg of lysine a day helps cold sores. It’s a vitamin.
Post # 7
Hey @artichokesalad:, how did things end up? Did you see the doc? Did s/he fix you up with something to get rid of it?