Post # 1
I do and I hate it. Do you have any tips to prevent them? I use Abreva as soon as I sense one coming on and it definitely does speed up healing time and make them not look as bad. However, it doesn’t eliminate them altogether. I’ve had my most recent one for about 10 days and I have not been able to kiss my husband! He doesn’t have the virus and I sure don’t want to give it to him. Le sigh.
Post # 3
I give my cats Lysine for their feline herpes and just get it from the human pharmacy. I had no idea what humans take lysine for, and the bottle says “for healthy skin and lips” so I looked it up and it helps herpes in humans too (the cold sore kind, based on the healthy lips thing, not the STD kind!)
You could try taking lysine daily to see if it prevented or reduced the severity of a flare up.
Post # 4
But I do like to shove my face with chips and salsa all the time on occasion, and I seem to ALWAYS slice the side of my mouth open with a chip. I imagine it has to be the same pain at least… I have seriously jacked up the pout doing that before.
Post # 5
I never get them but my husband does.
Post # 6
I have a few times, right before I get a terrible flu. I started taking L-Lysine tablets and have not had another one since *knock on wood*.
Post # 7
I have never heard of that. I am definitely going to look into it. I do not want a cold sore for my wedding and they always come when it is cold and my skin is dry. Ugh.
Post # 8
I had bought a bunch of bottles too, because they were on sale. So after I found out people use them for herpes I hoped the check out person didn’t know that and thought I was full of herpes…
Post # 9
when I was younger I had them all the time now not so much. You can’t eleiminate it casue there is no cure but there is perscription oral medication you can take when you feel an outbreak that works real well.
Post # 10
@MrsPanda99: I get them when I’m stressed, run-down, or ill. I try to stay as healthy as possible, to limit how often I get sick, and as soon as I feel one coming I use something called Zovirax which clears them up pretty quickly.
I feel you though; OH doesn’t have it and it’s SO frustrating!
Post # 11
Is Zovirax a RX or available over the counter? Like @Atalanta:
I used to get them all.the.time as a kid but it has been a lot better now that I’m older. I still hate it though – so embarassing and ugly!
Post # 12
This makes me laugh. Chip face 😀
Post # 13
I take L-Lysine as a daily supplement. I think it helps, though I can’t be sure. I also have a prescription that I take if I feel one coming on. I hate them and they can be so embarassing. My husband (and now son) don’t have the virus, so I try my best to not get them and risk exposure.
I also put ice on them right away when they appear, and that seems to help, but the prescription is best.
Interestingly, when I was pregnant, I didn’t get a single cold sore.
Post # 14
You can get a prescription for Valtrex, If you feel one coming and take Valtrex it will usually prevent it. If you already have a cold sore, it will shorten it. My sister has gotten severe cold sores since she was a baby. Also if you have it really bad and get them often, you can just take Valtrex daily to prevent.
Post # 15
Nope, just the more painful cousin, the cankersore. Feel better soon!
Post # 16
@MrsPanda99: Oh girl I feel your pain. I used to get them all the time when I was younger, and they would come in clusters of 5 or more. They hurt SO damn bad. I was miserable and embarrassed for weeks.
I have since grown out of them, which is a wonderful miracle. Sometimes I will feel a part of my lip get really warm and hurt, and I will immediately use Chapstick. They seemed to stop once I religiously started using Chapstick every morning and night. I can’t use Carmex or anything with a strong smell like that or it makes my lips burn and then, for some reason, a cold sore appears.
When I did get them I would use Abreva on them and made sure to “wash” them every night and day. By washing them, I would just dampen a warm cloth and dab it (do NOT rub) on them. I let them air dry and then Abreva.
Ugh, they suck, and I don’t have any other advice, honey.