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

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

Published: June 30

I have suffered with fever blisters since childhood. Started getting a flu shot every year and Valtrex and the prescription cream to use as soon as I felt any tingling or sometimes it is just my lips feeling dry or wind burned the day before. But that has helped amazingly to keep from me actually blistering up. Before the flu shots I used to have them move up under and into my nose and sinus area and it was so painful, ugly and I guess dangerous. I rarely get them anymore unless flu serum comes out later than usual..

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Published: June 30

Typically I have a coldsore every so often after being in the sun, but it is always in the corners of my mouth, they hurt for a while, but go away after a while. But this is the first time in my life that I have had such a horrible cold sore this one started as an innocent little bump and then a few days later grew like a wildfire and spread like one too. It is in the center of my top lip, it made my entire front lip swollen. I went to the doctor after the next day it spread to underneath my lip. He gave me Valtrex, which I thought worked great cause it was bring down the swelling, but all the little sores that would have popped out are now just tearing up my lip with the skin infected underneath and those little bumps then spread to my bottom lip, so I have a top lip that is swollen, and around my lips looks like an infection or something, and I have the sores on the bottom. They hurt so bad that I can't even talk right now. I'm just wondering if it is ever going to get better? I feel so alone, and ugly and so bad that I haven't left my house in 2 days cause I feel so hideous. Does any one else feel the way I do, or has had as bad of cold sores like this?

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Published: June 26

I am currently dealing with a nasty cold sore on the skin between my nose and upper lip. Lately it seems like when one goes away, another one pops up (just gotten over one in the middle of my top lip). I've dealt with these nasty things my whole life, and I'm sick of it! My dentist recommended Zilactin- which works, but turns the sore brown, as if it couldn't get any uglier. I also just filled a prescription for Valtrex- which hadn't met my deductible and cost over $200!! (as if I wasn't already stressed) BUT- I am desperate and so far Valtrex is the only thing that I can consider a cure. The trick is to pop one ASAP once you feel an outbreak. Sometimes an ice pack on the initial tingly area helps too. Does anyone else out there feel like they have a fever when they get an outbreak or is it just me?

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Published: June 17

I've had cold sores since I was a kid. As both my parents had them, I'm sure that's the source. I'm susceptible when the seasons change. Otherwise, I have no idea why they show up. I woke up today with three on my upper lip. As the blisters are so large, I think I am hurrying the process by popping the blisters with a sterilized needle. Then with a cotton ball, I press rubbing alcohol for about a half hour thinking I am hastening the drying process. Then I slather it with Abreva. I carefully apply long-lasting lipstick, which covers it but I have bumpy lips anyway. For the rest of the day, I try to really ignore it if I can. Then at night I apply the alcohol and Abreva. I don't know if the Abreva hastens the healing, but it helps with the pain. They can be so painful. I don't know which is worse the pain or the way it looks. Double whammy.

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Published: June 17

I had cold sores on my lips for years. I started taking table salt and water in a small cup and heating it in the microwave until it had the consistency of very wet sand. I then put the warm liquid salt on my lip with a q-tip and let it dry into a crust. I repeated this as often as time allowed. I found that if I put it on at first tingle, then the sore never fully came up. I haven't had a visible cold sore in eight years.

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Published: June 11

I've had fever blisters since I was six, and for the most part, they usually pop up right before my period or if I have gotten too much sun. I hate them, they are unsightly and when they scab over, it's tough to even eat a sandwich without grossing out everyone

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Published: June 11

I've woken up with a huge fat lip today, I'm sick of cold sores I don't know about anyone else but my self esteem just disappears and all I want to do is just hide away! I'm trying to find an effective quick way to bring down the swelling as I look like I've gone 10 rounds in a boxing match. I'm so confused by all these miracle treatments which say they can get rid of the awful things in 24 hours and daft enough to pay.

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