You might have picked them up from your parents. They are extremely contagious, one can get them from coming in contact with anything used by someone with a cold sore (i.e. towel).
Cold sores are extremely widespread. According to wikipedia about 50% of americans have it It is a virus one can't get rid of =(
So far there are no real ways of getting rid of them forever. There are some vaccines, but they haven't shown long lasting results. The only thing you can do is shorten the 'life span' of the sore by applying ointments containing acyclovir. You can also buy acyclovir in pill form but I think you might need a prescription for that. Surgical spirit is also used to dry them up but it often makes them dry too fast and they can start bleeding on top of everything else.
The sores come out during stress(both physical and psychological), basically when your immune system is weakened. The only thing you can do is try to eat healthy, remain stress free, sleep well etc.
I get terrible cold sores. They are so big, I try to avoid leaving the house (it's so bad I even had to find a job where I can work from home). I haven't had one since summer but I know they will come back eventually and torture me =/
Most people I know get really tiny sores so be careful not to kiss anyone with one. It can trigger your virus to activate. When anyone in my family gets one, I sterilise everything before touching it and wash the dishes 2-3 times to avoid getting one. It might sound extreme, but my lips get so swollen from sores I can barely brush my teeth let alone show my face to anyone..
Last edited by velociraptor; 16-04-2012 at 18:17.
Yea I get them bad too. They suck, and mine always get infected, no matter how clean I am or how careful I am not to touch them.
- be careful in the sun. Especially if it is cold and windy too. I always get them in the mountains because of this combination. Wear suncream/sun block around your mouth/ on your nose.
- don't touch it!!!! even if it is just itching and hasn't appeared yet. Totally makes them worse.
- eat Vit. C. and get some extra sleep to boost your immune system if you have one.
- I actually find Carmex works better than the antiviral creams for me. Just keep slathering it on all the time.
- Those little clear patches from Boots work quite well, especially in the early stages.
- If it is really annoying you, hold an ice cube against it for a while. Seems to reduce inflammation and pain.
If you get them a lot, it's often a sign there is something wrong with your immune system and you should talk to your doctor about it. I have an underactive thyroid, that's why my immune system is weaker then most people's. If you are tired all the time/gain weight easily you might have it too, it's actually quite common.
Last edited by meow444; 18-04-2012 at 02:06.
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