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Moonlight Mistress
11-25-2008, 02:02 PM
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mandalinn82
11-25-2008, 02:13 PM
My dad swears by dosing with L-Lysine as soon as you feel one coming on (that prickly tingle that indicates you're about to get another). He says it makes a huge difference!

FB
11-25-2008, 02:18 PM
I'm a BIG baby about cold sores, they send me into panic mode! I guess I whined enough to my dermatologist, because he prescribed me a year's supply of Valtrex. Since I don't get them that often I don't take them everyday, just when I think one might be coming on. Which more often than not, is me freaking out over a pimple :lol: Anyhow, they work, very well, I was told to do a dose every 12 hours for the first day that I think one is coming, every day thereafter.

Where I used to get them 3-4x a year I now haven't had one this year. That could also have a lot to do with my healthier eating lifestyle.


WaterRat
11-25-2008, 03:06 PM
Cold sores are a herpes virus, related to chicken pox and shingles - which is why Valtrex - an antiviral usually prescribed for shingles - helps. I have them too, though not as often as it seems you do. Abreva really helps as does the L-Lysine. I'd see your regular doctor or a dermatologist about a prescription.

the slim me
11-25-2008, 04:31 PM
I get them too, although if I feel them comming on, that burning itching feeling, I can take a pill right away and they won't break out. if they do come out if you treat them right away they go away much quicker too. They are unslightly and they hurt like heck!!! You shouldn't have a problem getting your Dr. to prescribe an anti-viral medication for you. I still take Zovirix (an older one) and it still works fine. Good luck!

tamaralynn
11-26-2008, 09:01 AM
I get gold sores too - in fact I'm just getting over one. I use teatree oil :)

It really helps. You can buy Abreva (http://www.abreva.com) - which can catch a cold sore quickly if you put it on the second you start feeling the tingle.... but come on - how often do we do that?

What I notice about the tea-tree oil, is it heals the cold sore quickly... and it's less expensive than Abreva (which is about $20 for a tiny little bottle here) whereas (pure) tea-tree oil (not tea tree oil cream, or tea tree oil blend) costs about $10, and can last a few years. You just need a little dab a few times a day and the cold sore will be gone within a few days :)

Tea-tree oil is great for many uses as well!

http://www.indianchild.com/tea_tree_oil_uses_benefits.htm

Thighs Be Gone
11-26-2008, 09:32 AM
My brother gets these and swears by Pomegranite lip balm. You can get it at health food stores.

JulieJ08
11-26-2008, 01:06 PM
It really helps. You can buy Abreva (http://www.abreva.com) - which can catch a cold sore quickly if you put it on the second you start feeling the tingle.... but come on - how often do we do that?

Me. I do. I keep a little tube of Abreva in my purse at all times, just for that reason. Even if I only have 2 cold sores a year, they suck enough that it's reason enough for me to always have it. But it is very expensive. And worse, the stupid little tube constantly squirts out more and more cream and wastes the majority of it. I'll have to read up on cold sores and tea tree oil. I'm open to new ideas, but I'm always skeptical too.

FB
11-26-2008, 01:23 PM
Tea tree oil is a great antiseptic, but I haven't found it speeds the healing time for me. It does make it feel better and I'm fond of that terrible smell.
One homeopathic remedy I've used is pretty simple - ice. You start icing it every hour or so for ten minutes before blisters erupt (ew, just ew). It really has helped to lessen the gawdawful appearance.
I'm such a baby like I mentioned though, I'll use Valtrex, ice it, Abreva it and if I can find the tea tree oil use that too.
Ha! I likely make mine worse with all of that fussing.

GatorgalstuckinGA
11-26-2008, 09:11 PM
i second the l-lysine...it really does help make they heal quicker...i get them too..when i do, i live by abreva and l-lysine.

bargoo
11-26-2008, 09:17 PM
A doctor reccommended Campho Phenique to me years ago, it works, I always keep it on hand.

Moonlight Mistress
12-02-2008, 12:31 PM
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zeffryn
12-02-2008, 12:54 PM
I use a combination of L-Lysine and tea tree oil. I also ice it frequently if I happen to be in a place where that would be convenient.

I used to get them on my lips - now I get them on the underside of my nose in between my nostrils. It hurts like crazy, but it is almost better because they are far less noticeable.

bargoo
12-02-2008, 01:43 PM
I find Campgo Phenique liquid in most drug stores, ask the pharmacist where it is. Some of these drug stores have there displays in unusual places, I find.

Zen Pharmacy
12-02-2008, 03:55 PM
It's actually common to be prescribed Valtrex for people who have frequent , large/painful cold sores or for cold sores that the OTC stuff just isn't hacking it. When I'm on internship or retail rotations, we dispense it frequently for cold sores.

Most general practitioners shouldn't have an issue with prescribing it if you ask about it. It's one of those things that they can't really judge how much the cold sores affect your life unless you let them know.

Now, also be forewarned, those things are monster large pills. Nothing is worse than counseling a patient about the medication and that horrified expression they get because their doctor didn't warn them. ;>

JulieJ08
12-02-2008, 04:29 PM
Now, also be forewarned, those things are monster large pills. Nothing is worse than counseling a patient about the medication and that horrified expression they get because their doctor didn't warn them. ;>

Good chance the physician has never seen an actual Valtrex pill. Or the majority of any pills they prescribe.

FB
12-02-2008, 06:49 PM
Has anyone gone to see a doctor for prescription medications for cold sores? If so, what did they prescribe and did it work? Also, what kind of doctor did you see? A general physician or what?
Most general practitioners shouldn't have an issue with prescribing it if you ask about it. It's one of those things that they can't really judge how much the cold sores affect your life unless you let them know.

Righto - I think generally you could get the Valtrex from a GP. However, mine has a pretty firm stance against prescriptions for what she considers frivolous reasons. Generally I agree, but not about cold sores - those make me feel disfigured!

Since I have pretty good insurance, I just go to a sympathetic specialist in cases like these. My dermatologist was great about prescribing it for me after he saw my teenage angst over them - which I had no qualms about hiding. Quite the drama queen when it comes to my appearance and blisters on my mouth. :lol:

murphmitch
12-02-2008, 07:45 PM
I'm a nurse around newborns and I can't work if I have a cold sore. Many people don't realize if a newborn in the first few weeks is exposed to the virus that causes cold sores they have very poor immunity to it and can develop a systemic infection that causes brain damage or death. Some of my coworkers have taken Valtrex or use topical acyclovir to dry them up. We have to stay home until the sore is healed. I always try to tell new parents this and remind their visitors that they should not handle the new baby if they have a cold sore present.

angeline
12-02-2008, 08:53 PM
Another Valtrex user here = for years. I get break outs 2-3 times a year maybe. Mine are caused by colds or stress, it seems. My prescription comes from my
ob-gyn. At my yearly appt, he writes me scripts for my BC pills and Valtrex. I only wish I had mentioned my break outs sooner. For the longest time I only thought there was over-the-counter relief, which for me, wasn't much relief!

Moonlight Mistress
12-03-2008, 03:03 PM
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angeline
12-03-2008, 08:00 PM
I don't even remember how the conversation of cold sores came up with my ob-gyn. He probably just asked me how I was doing and I mentioned cold sores and bingo - he wrote me a prescription. I didn't even know there was a drug I could take for cold sores. I mean, both my parents got 'em and suffered through it.

I don't get sick very often so I don't see my primary doctor regularly. So it works out great for me that the initial prescription came from my ob-gyn. I know I'm gonna see him every year.

I don't know anything about the cream. I just take a Valtrex the minute I suspect I have a cold sore coming on - definitely shortens the severity and the degree of my outbreaks.

Can you believe my DH has never had a cold sore? I never kiss him on the lips when I feel an outbreak coming on.

Mali1985
12-03-2008, 09:48 PM
Everytime I go on vacation somewhere hot, I tend to develop a cold sore (or two) after a few days in the sun. When I was in Punta Cana this april, I felt a cold sore coming on and I forgot to bring my medication with me. My friend recommended that I try polysporin to help it heal faster. It actually worked! I was shocked because when I get a cold sore, I will have a mark on my lips 3 weeks after it is gone even if I treat it (which is why I hate cold sores so much, they will take an entire month for me to heal completely). I used the polysporin on it for a few days and it was completely gone. I don't know exactly how or why it worked but it did and it's probably what I will be using the next time that I go somewhere tropical. Also, my friend apparently used to bite her lip when she was asleep so she'd have majorly cracked lips which was why she started using polysporin in the first place. I would have never known until she told me.

Primm
12-03-2008, 10:03 PM
Most prescription anti-herpes medications down here (Australia) is only available subsidised if it is used for the treatment of genital herpes. Like murphmitch, I'm a NICU nurse. And prone to cold sores. Not a good combination.

I went to the infectious diseases specialist here at work last year because I had to take over 3 weeks off on "cold sore leave" over the preceding 12 months. He registered me as a genital herpes sufferer and put me on a course of some anti-viral whose name escapes me right now. I haven't had a cold sore for over 12 months!

So no time off work, no sore lips, and I won't accidentally kill any babies (not that I did before, but ... ) It was totally worth it.

Moonlight Mistress
12-04-2008, 05:01 PM
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