(Closed) ugh. I keep having fever blister breakouts.

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
869 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Try eating bananas. Potasium helps get rid of them as well as taking a pill called Lysine. I used to get them really bad when I was younger. Also, I used to get a rag and soak it in REALLY hot water and put it on my lip and that always helped bring down the swelling.

Post # 5
2870 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

are you super stressed?  Wait, you are getting married in 3 months.  YEAH! That will do it. Stress always brings them on for me too.  

Are you laying in a tanning bed or the sun?  I always get them from the sun too.

I have tried all the RX creams, otc medications and the best thing I have found is a q tip soaked in rubbing alcohol pressed against the blisted 2-3 times a day does the trick once the blisters have formed.  Are you applying anything when you start to feel the “tingle” of one coming on?

Have you thrown away your lipsticks, chapstick, gloss etc?

Post # 6
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Barn at Valhalla

Are you taking the Valtrex every day? Supposedly that helps to prevent getting them. Also, I use ice and a cold washcloth to bring down the swelling…opposite of bride21! And, if you have been in the sun a lot, sun can be a trigger, so wearing sunscreen on your lips might help. Good luck, I know it sucks.

Post # 8
869 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@agirlwithdreams7: Have you tried carmex? It helps to dry them up faster. I always get the type you apply with your finger so I don’t spread them around.

Post # 10
869 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@agirlwithdreams7: I would try the hot rag and bananas at least if not the lysine as well. Every time I feel one coming on I automatically take a pill and use a hot rag and it goes away. I hope they help you like they do with me!

Post # 11
1058 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Hey those monsters are horrible aren’t they. I have gotten them since I was very young and they are horrible. Mine grow so large. I have one now on my bottom lip its still small and hopefully dying away… then this morning I wake up with one on my top lip thats more like a red bump…. which means potential to grow huge.

Therefore, I grabbed my Valtrex and took one. I will take another later this evening. I suggest Valtrex twice a day for the first day then once a day for the next few days… I have carmax its the only thing I can use on my lips besides BonnieBell lipgloss. However, DO NOT put the carmax on your sore. Carmax tends to make mind get larger… I put it on the crease of my mouth and around the sore, but never directly on it because it tends to make it worst (larger) and last longer. It may be one of the reasons its still so small after all these days.

And some people say a warm compress, but if its swollen very bad I use a damp rag and ice for a few minutes… take it off, then reapply. Cold helps the swelling go down. I was concerned about that too for the wedding- however, I am going to try and stay calm, pray one doesn’t occur, and keep the med’s cose! lol

I hope yours goes away soon,

Post # 12
1190 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I feel your pain! I get them when I am super stressed or when my lips are really chapped. The winter is awful for me because I’ll get one at LEAST once or twice a month. 

I also use valtrex and abreva. Sometimes I will put foundation on it because it can dry it out quicker!

I am going to ask my DR for the everyday version of valtrex for the month and a half before my wedding to try to combat them because I know I will be stressed for sure. That might be something you will want to look into!

Post # 14
47278 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Once you have the virus, you will always have the virus. There are different triggers for cold sores, but stress and sunlight are two of them.

Here is some general information:http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/kb/content/mini/hw31977.html


and some info on medications:http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/kb/content/special/ty2369.html




Post # 15
1763 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have had them my entire life and L-lysine has been a life saver. It honestly works better then anyother prescription I have taken. I use it if I feel like I might be getting one or if I have a big event coming up. I also use Abreva and vatrex(when  I remember to fill my prescription.

Post # 16
822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

my friend gets them pretty often and she always uses carmex and abreva.

it’s a herpes virus so once you have them, it’s in your system and outbreaks are triggered by various things.  i’ve never heard of replacing toothbrushes because it’s not like you are reinfecting yourself but you should be careful while you’re shedding live viruses to not spread it to someone else.  remember oral herpes can be transmitted to the genitals, and vice versa.

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