Patient Comments: Herpes Simplex Infections (Cold Sores) - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with herpes simplex infections (cold sores, non-genital).

Comment from: thistooshallpass, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I have had cold sores since I was about 12 years old. It would always be on my upper lip. But this year, I had the worst ever when my husband was down with chickenpox. Also, the frequency of the cold sores has increased to three times already this year. The worst part is that it's not just my lip but on my left breast too. I feel so cheated; it's as if the lips weren't bad enough!

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Published: July 23

I would suffer from cold sores for years, always one week before my period, every month. I would also break out if I was under more stress than usual. I would get all the usual symptoms of burning, itching, and throbbing pain. Also, I would feel like I was coming down with the flu - very tired & achy joints. Sometimes my lymph nodes in my arm pits & under my chin would hurt as well. My doctor put me on Valtrex which worked perfectly for me, stopping the progression of the cold sores in their track, saving me from the blistering & unsightly scabbing. Since I entered menopause, I don't suffer from cold sores or the accompanying symptoms anymore!

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Published: July 14

About five days ago, I noticed that my lips were a little swollen and very dry. Since I am in my fifties and never have had herpes, I didn't have any idea what was coming. First the large cold sore on the upper lip, which caused even more swelling. Then the bottom lip. And now I have them all over my face--my left cheek and forehead are completely covered and now they are showing up on my chest and arm--because I probably spread it before I realized what was happening. I look hideous and it burns. I just went on Acyclovir yesterday, so I'm hoping it's not too late to help me.

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Published: July 09

I got a single cold sore on my chin almost a year ago. It just wouldn't go away. I finally went to a doc. who diagnosed it as HSV-1. She gave me Acyclovir which worked wonders! Now I usually apply an acyclovir cream whenever I get a cold sore, which helps it go away. The worst episode I experienced was after a picnic and too much of sun. So advice to all the people out there who have HSV-1. Stay Away From The Sun.

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Published: July 01

Three weeks after having the flu, sores on the inside of my mouth, gums and cheeks appeared. I usually only get one at a time, several times a year. They are quite painful now, after coming up about five days ago. Sometimes I find that if I take an amino acid (like L-Lysine) for a few days, it makes them go away faster.

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Published: July 01

Two days ago I woke up to small blisters all over my upper lip. I have a couple small ones in the left corner, one on the right corner, and then a large blister-looking sore right in the middle of my upper lip. There is fairly severe burning with all of them. My bottom lip is really chapped and also uncomfortable, but not painful like the upper lip. I used to get impetigo following my cold sores, so I will probably go in today to make sure it hasn't gotten to that stage. Because the sores are not localized in one spot, I'm a bit concerned that something else might be going on. I have never found anything over the counter to help- probably because I tend to wait too long to start treatment.

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Published: June 30

I get them in clusters either across my nose and chin. Usually on my chin, but when I get them on my nose it's the worst, I look like Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer and it's unbelievably itchy. It's so embarassing to go out, people always stare. I get at least one a month. I just want them to hurry up and find a good treatment for these things, not creams that you have to apply 6 times a day and only sometimes work. As yet I haven't found any good solution for them.

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