(Closed) NWR- Just found out I have HSV; fever blisters. ugh can anyone relate? (long)

posted 7 years ago in Emotional
Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@SoonToBeeMrsG: You have a cold sore. It doesn’t make you dirty and it is pretty common. I heard Abreva works great. Honestly, if you are careful and don’t kiss your Fiance until it goes away, you should be fine. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I have had reoccurring cold sores since I was a baby. Surprisingly, 80% of people have some form of HSV1 (cold sores) but the amount of times they flare up depends on a lot of things.

Things to keep in mind:

– Cold sores / fever blisters are EXTREMELY contagious. Do not kiss, share drinks, use the same chapstick, or anything that would cause you to pass the virus to anyone.

-That includes intimate acts as well (however, cold sores are HSV-1, and genital herpes come from HSV-2, so they are two different strains of the virus and you can’t get one from the other, but you NEED to avoid physical contact while you have a cold sore).

– They flare up with stress or due to eating foods high in arganine, such as peanuts, almonds, and chocolate.

-Keep it as DRY as possible. No chapstick, no water unless you need to shower (i.e. drink out of a straw, be careful when washing your face, etc.).

-Use ice wrapped in paper towel to help with the pain and to help it heal. Also, avoid heat from being near your face. Heat causes the blisters to swell, which is why they get bigger when we sleep and our body temp is higher.

 

Don’t worry, everyone gets them. Just try to destress and it will go away with time!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

It’s super common. There are two major strains, HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 usually causes cold sores and HSV-2 usually causes genital herpes. So having cold sores doesn’t mean you have or will get genital herpes. Nothing to be embarassed about.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Also, Walgreens sells a great cold sore treatment. It’s the store brand and around $15 for two treatment vials. You should only need to use one and then you can keep the other for at time when you feel one coming.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Its a really common thing. I always get them when I get a bad cold. They hurt like hell but they do go away. If you want to try to prevent them take some Lysine.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Actually, you CAN get HSV1 in the genitals (I worked for a reproductive clinic) its less likely, and less out breaks than HSV2, but if can happen. When they test either area they test for both strains.

But be careful, and dont stress too much. When it is open, and right before the blisters open, is the most contagious time. Once it starts healing it is less likely to spread, but you should still be cautious. Keep them dry, no picking, and wash your hands after touching.

If you start having frequent re-occuring outbreaks they can prescribe a daily medicine, but alot of people its not nessesary, as it can happen once a month, once a year, and some people wont see the symptoms for years.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Oh, and the vasaline is great… to speed up healing and help them feel better at night, place seeped tea bags on them. Ice is a good reliever too

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

THe dry means not damp. Like dont lick your lips alot, or suck on them. They like moisture, but vasaline isnt the same kind of moisture. (I am not a Dr, I just did alot of paper work and translation for many years)

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@SoonToBeeMrsG: As PP have said, almost everyone in the world has this virus but I know how I feel when I have a blister and you definitely feel like a leper.  And yes, the first outbreak is the worst.  Mine was all over my upper lip to my nostril. Talk about gross!

I don’t think you should let them dry out.  Keep the vaseline or get something from the drug store specifically for cold sores (there are different kinds of ointment).  Don’t touch it otherwise.  I have a remedy that works really well for me:  Ice.  I put ice cubes in a plastic baggie and hold it over the area for 15 minutes at a time.  I do this every hour when I’m at home.  I swear, it makes those blisters smaller and they go away a lot faster.

I’ve even been able to ward them off completely if I ice up when I feel one getting ready to break.  But try not to stress-they will go away and hopefully never be that bad again.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I started getting mine as a teenager and they were SO SO HUGE!!!!!!!!! I wouldn’t go to school some days…I felt like a monster.

The more frequently you have them, the smaller they are and usually break out in the same spot.
SO MANY people get them…I don’t think they see you and get disgusted. I’m actually comforted when I see them on other people because I realise how common it is.

If I don’t sleep well I know I’m prone to one. I get one about every 1-2 years now. I hate it each time.

TRUE STORY: I had a Boyfriend or Best Friend who liked it when I got a cold sore because “when we had sex he didn’t have to kiss me and my lipstick stayed on!” FREAK!

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