Post # 1
I’ve always gotten cold sores for as long as I can remember although for the last 5 or so years only once every 6 months or so. I fully expected to get a cold sore as soon as I got pregnant due to the hormones etc (when I was a teen I got one every month with af) luckily I haven’t until now but it’s come in full force with a large one and two smaller ones. I usually use Zovirax and tea tree oil but I’ve read online that Zovirax shouldn’t be used because of the way it changes the DNa of the cells or stops the cells multiplying. I am also unsure on tea tree oil because it is as essential oil when I googled it and I’ve read they shouldn’t be used either. I am just at a loss as to what to use, or can’t I use anything? I tried to ring the nurse at my doctors office but couldn’t get through and the receptionist told me to talk to a pharmacist. They told me that any creams are fine but the internet says they aren’t so I’m sooooo confused. Anyone help? I have a doctors appt in 10 days for test results, i might see if I can get in next week if it keeps growing tho. Thanks 🙂 (I’m 12 weeks) my glands are also swollen so I’m sure I’m coming down with something if anyone has any advice on what u can take with the flu also?
Post # 2
Haven’t been pregnant but had a number of cold sores as a teenager, and occasionally get them now. I was told that green tea and zinc losenges are the best remedy. When I feel one come on I have a couple cups of green tea and it rarely lasts long. You can have some green tea whe pregnant although not too much on a daily basis as it does have a little caffiene
Post # 3
I’d trust a pharmacist more than google. Google is notorious for making everythhng a no go zone. If you really want to avoid those creams, try toothpaste. Seems silly but my mum and I used to always use it back when I was a kid and it dries them out virtually overnight, just takes a little while to wash off in the morning.
Post # 4
For me, using Burt’s Bees lip balm daily has almost eliminated my cold sore breakouts. I used to get them 6+ times a year in my teens, now I get one every 2 years or so.
Post # 5
There’s a great Lysine lip balm that worked wonders for me. I don’t remember what it’s called, but I usually could find it at any health food store.
Post # 6
The ones I got during early pregnancy were so much worse than normal! Ugh.
My doc said I could still use Abreva. I know it’s almost good for nothing, but it helps. I think the placebo effect helps too. 🙂
Post # 7
I used Abreva during my pregnancy. The OB said it was completely safe and it really helped.
Post # 8
I use/used valtrex during my pregnancy and it was perfectly ok.