Post # 17
I get them sometimes. About 80% of adults have been exposed to the virus and most people are asymptomatic shedders of the virus so likely your SO has been exposed, he’s just one of the lucky ones who doesn’t get them (just like my damn husband!). Anywho, I take valtrex when i get one and it’s pretty much gone before it even starts, I didn’t find any benefit to abreva. I took valtrex for the 2 weeks before the wedding to prevent one, worked like a charm.
Post # 18
I have never gotten an RX for a cold sore, but I am definitely going to. Perhaps even for the month before my wedding to prevent one! Lol.
Post # 19
+1. Never cold sores, but the tortilla chip cut on the mouth. So worth it though.
Post # 20
I buy it over the counter, but I’m from the UK so unsure if they sell it in Canada; Zovirax is the brand name, Aciclovir is the generic name; it might be similar/the same as what you use already though 🙁
Post # 21
Especially when there’s guac involved. WIN.
Post # 22
I don’t, but DH had one pop up less than a week before the wedding (ugh), and said he noticed results from Orajel single dose within 24 hours. Between that and a prescription he got the next day, the cold sore was virtually gone by our wedding!
Post # 23
Nope, I’ve never had one. They seem like they are just awful!
Post # 24
@MrsPanda99: I used to get them a lot until I finally went to the Dr. to see if there was something I could take to not get them as much. I was so HAPPY that there was. I was put on a medication called ZOVIRAX(acyclovir) It works soooo good. Now I maybe get on 1 a year if that. And when I do. I triple my dose of this and use abreva and my cold sore goes away in 2-3 days!! I would highly recommend talking to your dr. about being put on this medication.
Post # 25
I got them frequently as a kid but now I only get one every few years. I don’t find Abreva helps much. Like other posters mentioned, I got a prescription for Zovirax which worked a lot better for me.
Post # 26
its prescription here in canada….. I got it from my mom lol (cold sore), and she gets them all the time. I only have them like once a year! However …..Zovirax is amazing. It is like 40 bucks BUT the tube lasts and Typically cold sore is gone in 2 days and it doesnt “come out” if ya know what I mean… you get the firmness but it doesnt bust and get gross or anything like that, most people wont even know its there!!! If you keep putting it on several times a day as soon as you feel one coming it will just stay under skin and go down. Abreva is like water in comparison!
My DH and I have been together for almost 4 years and he only found out I’ve ever had one before (because he asked cause there was an abreva commercial on) lol and I think I’ve had about 4 since we’ve been together.
Post # 27
SO just uses Abreva. The interesting thing is that I still kiss him when he has cold sores, and I’ve never gotten one.
Post # 28
L-lysine gets rid of them. I haven’t gotten on since I got my food issues sorted out so my immune system is better. Also read the label on cold sore stuff. The main ingredient was something I already had at home in my Vanicream 60SPF cream. I just saved the money and applied that instead.
Post # 29
I’ve gotten them since I was a little kid. Abreva has never worked for me- as is the case with most creams/ applied meds- Zovirax too. I got a prescription for Valtrex from my dermatologist- I take two pills as soon as I feel the “tingle” of a cold sore coming on. (Then you take two more 12 hours later.) The only catch is you have to keep them close, so I carry them in my purse. I know you can take the meds daily for maintenance, but I don’t.
My doc says you aren’t contagious when you actually have the blister, but actually are contagious the day or two before it appears.
In any case, I never kiss my SO or share drinking glasses, etc when I have an outbreak just to be sure. Cold sores are gross and painful- I’ve always gotten them, so I’m used to it when they appear. I will say that stress, lack of sleep, and exposure to too much sun or wind causes them for me.
Post # 30
Do you take it everyday or just when you feel one coming on? I will happily add it to my daily pills if it works, lol.
Post # 31
I’ve never had one before, thank God!