Patient Comments: Herpes Simplex Infections (Cold Sores) - Treatments

What treatment has been effective for your cold sores?

Comment from: 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

I am 17 and have gotten horrid canker sores on my tongue every two months for more than eight years. In the fourth grade I started getting them, which made it almost impossible to want to eat, talk, or play my trumpet. They last for more than two weeks usually and are only on my tongue. I suffer as I write this.

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Comment from: 25-34 Published: June 29

I first began to suffer from cold sores when I was in my early 20's. I suffered from a horrible fever and my lower lip broke out in blisters. It spread to my upper lip, and I felt so disgusted by it. It was a horrible feeling. Ever since then, I have two or three episodes per year. However, as soon as I feel the tingly feeling, I take Valtrex (yes, the genital herpes medicine). I take that for about five days. The cold sore still appears; however, it is small in size, and it goes away between three to four days. You can barely see it once you put makeup over it.

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Comment from: buny21, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

I came home as a baby with a bad scratch across my nose from a nurse. Later as I was growing up every time I had a cold or sun burn my nose would flare up with these blisters and they would hurt. We never really knew what to call them. I was always safe about cleaning my hands and staying clear of others when they appeared. A doctor once gave me this cream that was to help "dry them up" when I broke out but all I ever noticed was that it spread them when the cream melted on my face. Now they sometimes rarely surface on my upper lip or even inside my nose. I honestly HATE calling it "herpes!" Seriously I'd rather just say "skin condition" because to me when I think herpes, I think genital herpes. I wish they'd name it something else since it has to do with the face.

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Comment from: higrob1, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

Another poster mentioned acyclovir tablets and I will say that they were the only solution for me. Nothing else worked, but then my doctor told me that if I took a small dosage of acyclovir every day for a year I might never get another cold sore. And he said that he didn't see any problem with prescribing acyclovir. He did. That was about 17 years ago and I haven't gotten a cold sore since. I truly hope that this information helps others and am certain that it will.

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Comment from: Koala, 45-54 Female Published: March 07

I have been getting cold sores on my lip for over 35 years. I used to use carmex, which did not do much good. Now I use Campho-Phenique. If I apply this to the cold sore at first sign the cold sore will last only a couple of days. I now get cold sores maybe once a year!! Big improvement!!! I also drink lots of water and keep my hands clean and away from my face. Since I have been drinking plenty of water and washing my hands several times a day I have not gotten sick within the last 2 1/2 years.

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Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

When I started to shave downstairs, I would notice that I got a lot of "razor burn" Or "razor cuts". Little did I know it was actually the HSV. Since I have found out what exactly it was, I have been taking 1 Gram of valtrex a day and have not had a breakout since. Except for when I did not have the medication.

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Comment from: 55-64 Male Published: June 23

I have found that megadosing on vitamin C helped to dry up the blisters. It also reduces the time the infection is active. I take 3000 mg 2 x day and the blisters dry up on a couple of days and the time it takes to heal up is reduced by at least a week to 10 days.

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Comment from: Lucky, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

When the blisters first came out in my 40's, I was devastated. Still I am but now the outbreaks are so infrequent. Years ago a relative told me about L-Lysine, an amino acid that helps with skin rashes and such. Before taking L-Lysine every day, I could get 3 outbreaks a years and now I can go years between outbreaks. Try it, but PLEASE talk to your doctor before making it part of your daily regime. According to some, it's not something that should be taken every day.

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