Do you get cold sores? What do you do to treat them??

@astromama (1226)
United States
April 19, 2007 2:06am CST
I read today that 90% of all people have herpes simplex1. Not all people, however, break out into the ugly things. I am not one of those fortunate people, because I do get them occassionally, usually when I'm stressed out or sick. I have tried certain medications and home remedies and was wondering how many of you get them, and what do you do about it?
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• United States
20 Apr 07
I do get cold sores every once and awhile. When they pop up I usually hunt down my trusty tube of Abreva. It works wonders! It even numbs the cold sore so that it doesn't hurt anymore, it clears up my cold sores within a couple of days. It is a little pricey at $15 a tube but I think it is worth it.
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
19 Apr 07
I used to get them all the time when I was stressed. I used lysine topically and took the pills. It seemed to work pretty well. I haven't had any breakouts in a couple of years.
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• Australia
19 Apr 07
If i get to the quick enough sometimes i can get rid of them or at least make them stop growing. When i feel the first tingles i get an icecube and hold it against the spot until i cant do it any longer, as soon as i can i do it again and keep doing that until i get approx half way through the cube. Sometimes it works and sometimes it dosnt.
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@AmbiePam (46892)
• United States
20 Apr 07
I don't ever get them, but my dad used to a lot. He has a bottle of Lysine by his bed. He tries to take them when he doesn't have the sores to prevent getting them. I know you can also use a tube of zinc oxide as well to get rid of them.