Cold Sores

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    Jun 15, 2009 4:59 PM GMT
    Heya Guys...last week i got my first cold sore (at 3icon_cool.gif..my BF has the virus and though we were very careful i managed to get the virus (we are monogomous).

    what do you guys do to lessen/shorten the severity of the sore on your lip? I love kissing and this just SUCKS!icon_evil.gif

    at the moment i am taking regular doses of Lysine,zinc and vit c
    i am also applying an anti viral cream to the sore
    my diet has always included lots of veges (esp brocoli)

    is there anything else I can do.....its been a week and I am truely over it! Though its hardly noticable..being on your lip it always feels HUGE!

    any advice and experience would be gratefully recieved......ps I did an extensive research and the virus (hpv1) CAN be carried in the saliva of an infected person even if the virus dosent manifest on the lip...news to me as I thought it lived/receeded into the facial nerves when innactive.

    Thanks in advance

    Craig
    Perth WA
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    Jun 15, 2009 8:24 PM GMT
    ABREVA® is the only non-prescription cold sore medicine approved by the FDA to shorten healing time and duration of symptoms.

    If you are using a prescription antiviral like Acyclovir, this will also shorten the duration. There would be no need to use Abreva.

    The first episode of herpes is the worst...the most pain and biggest sore...any subsequent attacks should not be as severe ...

    It sounds like your doing everything possible to speed healing

    Like oral herpes, genital herpes can be transmitted without an open soreicon_sad.gif
  • dmt5276

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    Jun 16, 2009 12:21 AM GMT
    I use Valtrex when I get one. You take two pills at the first sign of a cold sore then one more the next day. It works great. Ask your doctor.
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    Jun 16, 2009 12:39 AM GMT
    i just use carmex, it works great at keeping it sealed and well hydrated to avoid the cracking and pain.
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    Jun 16, 2009 12:40 AM GMT
    Abreva as soon as you notice it
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    Jun 16, 2009 1:28 AM GMT
    Cold sores are often aggrevated by artificial sweetners, so you may want to avoid dietetic beverages and other dietetic products in order to reduce future outbreaks.

    You're right about the virus being contagious even when no sore is present, and there wasn't very much either of you could do to avoid passing it to one another. More than 90% of the population has been exposed to Herpes Type 1, so it's extremely common and there's no reason to be ashamed.

    If you're open to trying some natural remedies, I suggest reading this:

    http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/herpes.html

    Otherwise, the meds mentioned before are pretty standard.

    I don't have Herpes, but I've dated guys who supposedly had. Most people get it as kids.
  • Anto

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    Jun 16, 2009 1:37 AM GMT
    Are you sure you don't have it? Not everyone has outbreaks.

    Craig,
    Yeah, people can also spread it from contacting other surfaces too, like sharing utensils, a drink, sharing a towel, etc.
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    Jun 16, 2009 1:48 AM GMT
    Anto, I got tested for the antibodies and came out negative, so for now, no Herpes Type 1. I wasn't sure how to proceed with my bf at the time, and my doctor just laughed and said that getting cold sores was no big deal.

    It's hard to avoid when 9 out of 10 guys are carriers.
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    Jun 16, 2009 2:06 AM GMT
    I have a friend and my sister that both swear by Abreva and were so happy when it was launched in Canada! Not sure if available everywhere yet in the rest of the world...
  • Anto

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    Jun 16, 2009 9:31 AM GMT
    SeaSon saidAnto, I got tested for the antibodies and came out negative, so for now, no Herpes Type 1. I wasn't sure how to proceed with my bf at the time, and my doctor just laughed and said that getting cold sores was no big deal.

    It's hard to avoid when 9 out of 10 guys are carriers.


    Oh were you afraid of catching it from him?

    I don't agree with your doctor though, just because it's common doesn't make it not a big deal. That virus can cause serious damage if it accidentally gets transferred into your eyes. I think in the United States it's one of the leading causes of blindness from infection actually.

    I did read an article once about research that was being done to eradicate the virus in the body. Check it out:
    http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1819739,00.html
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    Jun 16, 2009 9:44 AM GMT
    Cold sores can occur when you are run down and tired.

    If you start to feel that tingling in your lips get an ice cube from the freezer and put it on the tingle. The virus will be sent back down the nerve from whence it came. This is not an old wives tale it works as the virus doesn't like the cold.

    You can now get invisible patches which you put over the tingle and they stop the sore developing.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jun 17, 2009 6:16 AM GMT
    Never had one and would never want one!!! Wouldn't date someone with one above or below the waist!!
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    Jun 17, 2009 6:24 AM GMT
    If your dentist has a soft tissue laser he/she can help reduce the severity and duration of the cold sore by treating it with the laser.
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    Jun 17, 2009 1:02 PM GMT
    Thanks guys for your informed replies and i have taken all of it under my belt.......the sore on my lip is more or less healed.

    i got a massive outbreak...my dad died, i was taking massive amounts of l-argitine?spelling. stress and that supplement can provoke the virus I may have already had.....most of my family have it.

    i got run down, tonsillitis...then lesions all through my tounge,tonsills,gums and lip...i ended up in hospital with dehydration.....and on acylovir which cleared it all up in an amazing speed!

    Cant thank you enough for your words of advice!

    These forums are a great knowledge base and i appreciate your time.

    to the guy who said he would never date a guy with coldsores...sorry but you probably have kissed a guy with the virus and it can be carried in the saliva...even if there is no sore (i researched this and i am a medical professional)...........you'd be lucky NOT to have it. You probably shouldnt be so judgemntal......its nothing to be ashamed of at all.

    Craig
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  • Anto

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    Jun 17, 2009 6:18 PM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidNever had one and would never want one!!! Wouldn't date someone with one above or below the waist!!


    Some people can have the virus without getting cold sores or having symptoms of being infected.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jun 18, 2009 5:27 AM GMT
    Well in my 40's now and still never had one. I also have many many friends who have never had them. Also 5 older brother's and I have never seen one on them yet- It is possible to avoid it.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jun 18, 2009 5:31 AM GMT
    Craig- more importantly sorry to hear about your Dad. The first Father's Day is tough-doesn't get better but it changes.
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    Jun 18, 2009 6:21 AM GMT
    Why were you taking so much Arginine?
    Herpes is promoted by high ratios or Arginine to Lysine;
    I get outbreaks even from foods that have high Arginine to Lysine ratios (peanut butter, fish, etc)
  • Anto

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    Jun 18, 2009 9:13 AM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidWell in my 40's now and still never had one. I also have many many friends who have never had them. Also 5 older brother's and I have never seen one on them yet- It is possible to avoid it.


    My point is that you can't tell if someone has herpes or not by a lack of history in regard to outbreaks/cold sores. Many people never develop cold sores despite being infected with the virus. A person doesn't have to have a cold sore to spread it.

    The only way you can really avoid getting it is to not kiss anyone (or kiss with a protective barrier) or share things between you and another person like utensils, cups, towels, razors, etc.

    A majority of people are infected with virus.

    There are variations on site of infection as well. Most people know about genital herpes but you can get the infection elsewhere, like generally on the skin which happens in close contact sports, like wrestling for example, where skin-to-skin contact takes place.

    Not sure if anti-body tests are 100% accurate either.

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    Jun 18, 2009 9:26 AM GMT
    lol, join the rest of the world.
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    Jun 22, 2010 6:44 PM GMT
    hi guys. There's a great remedy for cold sores.

    (1) L-Lysine (2) Zinc (3) Vitamin B6.

    Take that combo twice a day.
    No Megadoses. 500mg L-Lysine; 20mg Zinc; 50mg B6.
    If you take Vit C with that trio, it blasts it into your system.

    Its amazing but this also "cures" Bell's Palsy.

  • Jonno11

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    Nov 19, 2012 8:03 AM GMT
    Yeah, the only way the test will come up with HSV-1 is during an outbreak, if you never have an outbreak and are just a carrier, then they cannot detect it on the tests, as the virus lays dormant in the nervous system. The only "good" news with the virus, is the body naturally builds a sort of immunity to outbreaks over time, so the longer the virus is present, the more the body suppresses it. The outbreaks will reduce in severity and duration over time. However, it will still always be present in your body, no way to get it out. Yet.