(Closed) in COLD SORE hell!

posted 9 years ago in Beauty
Post # 32
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1936 posts
Buzzing bee

go to the doctor and ask for Zovirax. You can get pills and/or cream. Get both if you can. Your cold sore will be gone in no time. It’s a bit expensive if you don’t have insurance but totalllllllly worth it.

Post # 33
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1094 posts
Bumble bee

I get about a cold sore each season and I HATE them!!! Recently (over the past few years) i’ve been able to fight most of them off before they “explode”. When I feel them coming on, I apply hand sanitizer (I know, weird, but it works) and run to the pharmacy to pick up a dose of prescription zovirax pills. That usually does the trick. DH and I both get cold sores so we get super paranoid when the other feels a “tingle”.

Post # 34
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146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

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@Eve2024:  As a pharmacist, your ‘robot’ comment is very offending.  These professions require life-long learning through continuing education, and lots of hard-work and dedication to learning, communication, and compassion. 

 

Cold sores can be brought on and aggrevated by stress, which is natural during wedding planning.  It sounds crazy and stupid to say ‘stop stressing!’, but its true that it can help the body heal quicker.

Anyway, I’m not familiar with drugs/products available to you in Central America, but Abreva is the most effective OTC treatment. It is thought to help prevent the virus from replicating, and can heal your cold sore 1-2 days faster (seems insignificant, but with your wedding, that 1-2 days can really be the difference!), and helps keep the cold sore covered. The Zovirax cream is aciclovir (an anti-viral medication) in a cream form, and probably wont help that itching. Try to keep it covered with creams and ointments to prevent irritation from outside factors (weather, food, drink, etc). Lysine does have some studies that shows it is beneficial, doesn’t hurt to try!

Dabbing a cotton ball in Vitamin E oil and holding to cold sore for 15 minutes, and repeating every 3 hours has  shown some benefit in soothing the cold sore.  Zinc oxide is a thick ointment that can also help reduce itching.

Also, holding an ice cube to the cold sore can help.

Make sure though you talk to your doctor or pharmacist before picking up any new OTC products, to be sure its safe for your use!

 

Good luck and I hope your cold sores heal before the wedding!

 

 

Post # 35
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Blushing bee

No offense meant. Just saying my experience with pharmacists/doctors has always been negative, honestly they made things worse. That is why I avoid them at all costs and seek alternative medacine. They’re treat as they were taught and most won’t admit that alternative medicine works (now I know there’s the spiel that the FDA hasn’t approved uses/not enough research but don’t get me started on that- it’s all a scam). That’s all. Take no offense.

Post # 36
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146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

We have the opportunity to learn about alternative medicine, and even as a pharmacist I was taught to always consider lifestyle changes first before medications when appropriate! 

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