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ohnecael
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:32 am    Post subject: Cold Sores? Reply with quote

So i have a thing where if im stressed out or anxious over anything i will inevitably get a cold sore the next day, and as you all may know cold sores appear around the center of your lips. Im sure you all can see where this may be a problem.

Do any of you have the same issue? does anyone have a good treatment for it that will be quicker than Vit. E oil?

It really hinders my practicing and actually hurts sometimes to play with one so i have to skip out on playing for a day or multiple.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

L-Lysine (dietary supplement from drug store) is often recommended for cold sore treatment.
I regularly take 1 500mg tablet a day as a preventative, and if I get a cold sore (rarely) I take several a day.
On last cold sore, I also used a 'healing skin lotion' applied with a Q-tip to prevent further skin cracking.

There are also over-the-counter specific cold sore remedies, and also via prescription. I haven't tried either. Their claims about the 'healing time' didn't seem much shorter that the usual 'several days'.

Jay
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is an over the counter product called "Abreva" that will shorten or prevent the outbreak of a cold sore if you use it at the first sign of a cold sore starting.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

robrtx wrote:
There is an over the counter product called "Abreva" that will shorten or prevent the outbreak of a cold sore if you use it at the first sign of a cold sore starting.

Even though I use abreva, I am not sure it really shortens the healing time. There really is no way to tell on an individual basis.

Here is an article that includes prescription medication available.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JayKosta wrote:
L-Lysine (dietary supplement from drug store) is often recommended for cold sore treatment.
I regularly take 1 500mg tablet a day as a preventative, and if I get a cold sore (rarely) I take several a day.
On last cold sore, I also used a 'healing skin lotion' applied with a Q-tip to prevent further skin cracking.

There are also over-the-counter specific cold sore remedies, and also via prescription. I haven't tried either. Their claims about the 'healing time' didn't seem much shorter that the usual 'several days'.

Jay


This. At the first inkling of a cold sore, I bomb my system with L-Lysine. There is also a lip balm called Herpecin-L that is good for external application.

This stuff
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a prescription for Zovirax (Acyclovir) ointment and get good results from the Zovirax if I start applying it as soon as I feel a cold sore coming on - that tingling feeling 5-10 hours before the blister forms. I carry it with me in my purse, because the couple hours it would take me to get home would be the difference between stopping the blisters or not.

If I catch it early enough and apply Zovirax regularly the blisters never form. I continue to have that tingling feeling for about as long as a cold sore would have lasted but the blisters never form, the skin remains intact and I can continue to play normally. Once the blisters form, Zovirax ointment doesn't seem to provide much more benefit than some of the over the counter creams.

I also start taking Valacyclovir tablets (by prescription) as soon as I get a hint of a cold sore. I take a double dose to start and then every 6 hrs. for 3 or 4 days.

I've tried Denavr cream (prescription). It claims to heal cold sores a couple days faster than Zovirax but for me, it didn't stop the development of the cold sore blisters like Zovirax does so I don't use it.

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