Post # 1
Oh my gosh I have a huge cold sore on my lower lip and I’m less than three weeks close to my wedding! How long do these things take to heal?? Internet says one or two weeks, but I feel like mine have lasted longer (or at least a mark remains for another week after the scab goes away…)
Ahhhhhh why!? What to do? Is there a chance that this thing will disappear by November 3rd??
Post # 3
Maybe you should go to the doctor. They might have some kind of super medicine to kill it?
Post # 4
The doctor can give you a prescription to “kill” it. Get an appointjment ASAP. That way it will be completely healed for the wedding. 🙂
Post # 5
Yes doctors can prescribe oral antiviral medication. Also try to eat as well as you can. Lots of salads and fruit! You can also try to take vitamin c and Zinc supplements. good luck!
Post # 6
go to your dentist! there is a script for it to kill it fast and prevent it from coming back. I work in Dental.
Post # 7
Can you get a prescription for Valtrex? It can be taken to help heal a sore or you can take it daily as a preventative. Get some Abreva and put it on several times a day. I get cold sores when I’m stressed so I feel your pain. My dentist actually has a some special laser he runs over the sore that kills the virus and it speeds the healing up a ton. If I feel like I’m getting one, I’ll go in and have him laser it. Try not to pick at it. Stay out of the sun…that can make them worse. You still have a while. It should heal up before your wedding and hopefully you can cover any mark with make up
Post # 8
After the cold sore is out there is nothing you can do to ‘kill’ it. Valtrex can be taken at the first sign and can prevent it from coming out. Some people have seen some benefit to using abreva, but it has never worked for me.
That said, you should be good to go before 18 days!
edit: the laser thing looks interesting! Check that out.
Post # 9
Thanks guys I’m going to make a doctors appointment ASAP! AHH!
Post # 10
Yep, get a famcyclovir or acyclovir prescription to help it heal more quickly. In Australia you can get a topical antiviral cream for it (same active ingredient as the Rx pills), which my husband swears by. I forget what it’s called and I don’t know if you can get a topical cream like that where you are from, but you could also ask your doctor about that. If you get them from stress, you might want to get a prescription that you can take daily as a preventative, at least until after the wedding.
Post # 11
It will be gone in less than 18 days. Here is a crazy home remedy I found on the internet that my daughter and I swear by. Nail polish remover. It sounds wierd, but it works. Once the sore is already present this dries it up more quickly than abreva or anything else we tried. Valtrex works great but works best if you catch it when the tingling starts and before the sore breaks out.
Post # 13
AHH…thanks guys. You all are great! I hope 18 days is long enough for it to be GONE!
Post # 15
I have started using the polysporin cold sore patches and they are wonderful! They cover them up so they aren’t noticable, prevents scabbing, heals them quick as well as helps to stop it from spreading.
They’re kind of expensive but work wonders!
I second the valtrex reccomendations as well
Post # 16
Honey works too! Straight out of the bear, about 4-5 times a day. Plus it doesn’t taste bad if you lick it on accident 😉