(Closed) Cold Sore

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Loft

TiaMP:  I am so sorry to hear  this! If you already have the cold sore, I think using the same chapstick through out is fine. A week is probably enough time that it will go down. Avoid acidic foods/drinks. A collegue of mine suffers from an allergy that gives her cold sores and she recommends getting Lysine cream /pills. Its an amino acid and it quickens the recovery time.


Post # 4
6110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

You can either go to the drugstore and get something like Abreva or you can go to the doctor. Obviously anything the doctor gives you will be stronger so it should heal faster. I’m not sure about the lipgloss thing but when I got pink eye they told me to throw away any eye makeup I used, so I’d imagine it would be the same in your case.

Post # 5
18637 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I use Lysine on mine.  I think it works a lot better than Abreva does.  I wouldn’t use lip gloss on that area of your lips.  Once mine open up, I think that I am probably getting bacteria all over the lip product and will throw them out.  They have these little patch things that you can put on them in order to keep using lip products though.

Post # 6
34 posts

Go to the doctor and get a prescription. You can get a topical cream, and you can also get pills. If you’re worried about getting one right before your big day, you might be able to take the pills prophylacticly that week? 

Post # 8
444 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I also get cold sores. Get valtrex, or a variation of that. It’s a pill and you can take one or two when you think you feel one coming and it will stop it before the blister appears. It is usually for people with genital herpes but if you tell your doctor you suffer from cold sores a lot they will write you a perscription. Since your wedding soon, this will help insure you don’t get another one before the big day. I have been taking valtrex as needed for years and I haven’t had an outbreak since I started taking them. I used to get cold sores all the time since I was a child, so valtrex was a life saver. 🙂

Seriously. Don’t mess around with topical stuff. They only help once you already have one. Use abreva to help this cold sore heal but get valtrex and take it asap! It’s better to prevent than it is to treat. 

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 1 month ago by  MrsRoberts52.
Post # 10
915 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ll second PP – don’t use chapstick or anything that will spread the infection, don’t share cups, etc.  Once they form, and especially when that blister and oozy stuff is there, they are very contagious.  This might be a no-brainer and Too Much Information, but they can spread to….down there…if you happen to touch your lip and then other places.  Just an FYI; my Darling Husband gets them (I don’t), and we’re super careful to avoid spreading it anywhere, but there especially.  

Darling Husband actually got one a week before his sister’s wedding.  I got some Abreva for him and (with a bit of nagging) got him to put it on probably 5x/day.  Amazingly, it was gone in a week and never got big like they sometimes do.  

Like Runnerbride09 said, you can get some pills from the doctor that will help keep them away.  Might not help now, but it could be useful for the future.  

Post # 11
444 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

TiaMP:  Sorry, I went back and editted my post. Yes it is perscription only and it is a god send lol

Post # 12
785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

You shouldn’t use any lip gloss, lipstick – nothing. Keep your lips completely free. You want the cold sore to dry out. In the same vein, do NOT touch it, lick it, pick at it – leave that thing alone!! Try your best to ignore it. Because stress is a trigger, try to relax and not stress about the cold sore. Also, try to avoid sugar, alcohol and sun exposure, as those can exacerbate (or trigger) them. Lysine is a good idea. Not to freak you out, but I used Abreva on my cold sore once and it spread to my chin (I was horrified). Instead, I use campho-phenique (just dab a little on your cold sore using a clean q-tip, not your finger) a few times a day and that always helps. Dries it out faster so it scabs and then falls off and you’re left just fine (do not pick that scab, okay? it’ll open up again and you’ll be stuck with it longer). 

<br />I’m so sorry, I have a massive fear of a cold sore popping up on my wedding day because I, too, get them from stress. I haven’t had one in a while now, but I carry campho-phenique with me on trips just in case. Good luck x

Post # 13
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - Riviera Maya, Mexico

I swear by lysine as well. As soon as i feel one coming on, i start taking a lysine pill every couple of hours. I haven’t had a cold sore since i’ve started that. I would definitely recommend picking up a bottle (available over the counter and at a drugstore like Walgreens) and taking 1000mg every 2 hours or so. Less expensive than Abreva, and more affective (at least from my own experience)!


Post # 14
4927 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

So first of all throw that chapstick OUT. Keep your hands off of the sore. Be very careful about touching it and spreading the virus. Be careful about pillow cases and face cloths as well. Throw out your toothbrush and anything else that touches the mouth. Abreva helps, but an ice cube (for a few min, wrapped in a paper towel or something) helps swelling. It should be gone by the wedding. 

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