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

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

Comment from: ColdsoresBeGone, 25-34 (Patient) Published: January 08

I have gotten cold sores as long as I can remember. Lately, they have evolved to breaking out on my skin, not touching my lips at all. I have tried ice, Abreva and every other over the counter drug available in Canada, with no avail. I actually think Abreva makes it worse. Ice does nothing for me - the outbreak moves to a spot that isn't frozen, and ultimately I think it makes it worse in the end too. I have no family doctor, and no health insurance, so I'm really hoping I get a good walk in clinic doctor that can prescribe me Valtrex, and that I can afford it. I've heard really good things about it!

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Comment from: soremouth, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I was given a high blood pressure medicine that contained trace amounts of sulfa which I did not know. I am terribly allergic to sulfa. I have suffered from herpes on my lips throughout my life but never terrible and only once in a while. But I took this medicine for 7 days; stupid of me not to equate it with my lips suddenly being covered in sores. Well, I have had the entire inside of my mouth, gums and cheeks with open gooey herpes sores for a year and 3 weeks. I have been taking acyclovir for 3 months with no change. I absolutely cannot take this pain much longer. I've tried everything. Evidently the sulfa triggered an allergic reaction that made my herpes go crazy. I take a sleeping pill as early as is possible so I can get out of this pain. Lidocaine or Anbesol is my only relief.

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Comment from: southerngirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I'm 50 and have suffered with fever blisters/cold sores all my life and have school pictures to prove it. My worst breakout was about 30 years ago when I had to avoid all types of light, inside and out. Famvir and Abreva have helped and hopefully someday a cure or quicker recovery will be found. No one else in my family has ever had them.

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Comment from: lindylou, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I have been suffering with the herpes virus now for 20 plus years. It started suddenly and I have never really known why. I never get any warning except for a painful aching arm. I am today experiencing the onset with incredible pain and when I get home I will apply ice as it does appear to help. It usually runs its course for about four weeks in total.

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Comment from: Mags, 45-54 Female Published: August 11

I was in my mid twenties when I first felt an itchy spot in the middle of my chin. I had no idea it would turn into a big ugly sore. Since then, I have been getting these things on and off for 25 years. They're always on my bottom lip or chin or both. There are two main causes. One is the sun, which is just fabulous when you are on vacation. The other one is stress, which is just what you need when you are starting a new job. I notice that I feel a bit run down at the time they occur. If I can zap it with Zovirax as soon as I feel that first little itch, then I can normally contain the severity of the attack.

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Comment from: jay, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I have 2 recurring sores or blisters in the same spot on my buttock. It is round and red with 4 little blisters within and about the size of a nickel. It appears quickly (2-3 times a year) and takes a week or two to heal. It is always in the exact same spot, nowhere near genital area but always on the fatty part of the buttock cheek.

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Comment from: ochepek, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 08

I get rid of cold sores by applying ice. Take an ice cube and hold it directly on the sore. After a few minutes, the area will go numb. Continue to hold the ice there for 15 minutes or so. Do this 3-4 times a day. The next time you get an outbreak in that area, I've found it will be a much less severe and milder outbreak. The virus is very temperature sensitive and will die and not replicate as much. Some people also use hot Listerine packs (gauze soaked with warm Listerine) but you run the risk of burning yourself. Be sure to have a washcloth or towel wrapped around the chunk of ice. This method has worked wonders for me for several years.

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