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cold sores- recurrent

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MissMap Sun 10-Jul-11 15:38:42

Does anyone have any idea of how to prevent them recurring. I have been suffering every few weeks for months. My Dd wants me to put a paper bag over my head as they are so revolting!

IslaValargeone Sun 10-Jul-11 15:42:05

Up your vitamins, particularly B vits, as stress can cause cold sores and the B vits are good anti stress vitamins. Also chuck in high strength C and some zinc too.

mbb Sun 10-Jul-11 15:47:42

My gp gave me Acicilovir tablets. 5 a day for a week. This really shortens the duration of the outbreak, they heal faster and it seems to increase my resistance as I can now go months between outbreaks rather than weeks.

mbb Sun 10-Jul-11 15:48:34


MissMap Sun 10-Jul-11 16:20:38

Thanks mbb, I have had 3 courses of acicovir since Christmas. Isla I will try the B vits.

AmyStake Sun 10-Jul-11 21:38:41

What mbb said. Also I think some places like Argos have hand held ultra violet lights that can allegedly help the coldsore heal up but whether they actually do or not I don't know.

Aciclovir suppresion therapy for a few weeks should help break the cycle though.

dottybangles Tue 12-Jul-11 12:25:20

I have suffered from really bad cold sores all my life. A friend told me about a natural teatree salve that had helped get rid of hers so I thought I'd give it a try. Wasn't very hopeful but have been using it for a few months now and it is amazing!!! You have to put it on quite often when you feel them coming(about every half an hour) but it stops my cold sores actually blistering and they are gone within a few days instead of a week or two of horrible lips. I would highly recommend it, have tried so many cold sore creams from the chemist and nothing works like this stuff does. Annoyingly you can't get it in many shops yet so I get it online
Hope that helps.

SortingHardHat Tue 12-Jul-11 13:20:48

Are you sure they're coldsores? If they're in the corners of your mouth and nowhere else then speak to your doc about B12 deficiency/pernicious anaemia.

DELHI Fri 15-Jul-11 10:08:58

Get some Lysine tablets from a health food store - they have really helped me. You take them to boost your level of some amino acid or something, (when an attack is likely or just beginning ) and they really help to minimise the attack. Also, cut down on peanuts and chocolate (if you eat those) because they contain high levels of something that promotes cold sores, so again, if an attack is imminent and you're full of peanuts it will be more severe.

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