(Closed) It’s gross, but I’m not alone?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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1304 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I can’t comment on Acyclovir but I know that Valtrex works, though it’s technically an off-label use.  Regardless, start taking something IMMEDIATELY.  If you attack the cold sore quickly then you have a decent chance of it staying small and less noticeable.  Ten days should be enough time for you to be kissable at your ceremony!

Post # 4
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3773 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

Take it and then go get some L lysine. I have gotten cold sores since I was about 5 and the Lysine works better then any prescription I have tried (and I have tried them all). I find that Abreva helps too, but you need to make sure you apply many times a day.

Post # 5
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277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I feel your pain, I get cold sores from stress also. I got one about 2 weeks before my wedding too and I was miserable. I went tanning twice and it dried it up really fast. It healed in about 5 days and the mark it left was easily covered by makeup. If the medication won’t make you UV sensative I would recommend going tanning for a few mins. Good luck and Congrats on your wedding! Laughing

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Valtrex works for me. And it’s not an off label use. Cold sores are a form of the herpes virus, and that’s what Valtrex is for. Since my doctor prescribed Valtrex I have not had a single cold sore. And I don’t take it daily. I just take it if I even think I am about to break out…maybe I am, maybe I’m not, but it doesn’t hurt to take the pill. I think sometimes I’m being paranoid and it’s probably just a zit forming, but I don’t want to take the chance, since the medicine (any kind) is much more effective BEFORE the sore fully forms. I have to fill my prescription about twice a year, so that’s not too bad.

Abreva never helped me that much, especially once the sore had actually formed. Lysine works for some people, not others. I would recommend taking your prescription religiously!

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

I third Lysine tablets! They work really well for me. That and Herpecin, it’s a stick. You can get it at any drugstore.

Post # 9
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3773 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

@MStivers: I usually take the 1000mg tabs and I take 2 tabs 2 times a day. There is also a lysine topical cream, but I haven’t tried that, but I have heard from others that it works for them.

Post # 10
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339 posts
Helper bee

Make sure you really cover it up if you plan on tanning.  Extra sun or cold weather or anything “stressful” you aren’t used to can trigger them in the first place.  It should be gone within the week! Don’t stress out about it too much and good luck! 

Post # 12
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7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@MStivers:  I take it after they show up and when I feel them coming. It helps them go away faster.

Post # 14
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3773 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

@MStivers:  That is what I take if I think I am getting one or if I already have one. If I am just doing it preventative I will take a tab a day, I did this for a couple of weeks before the wedding or a couple of days before big events.

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