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tetris123

persistent cold sores?

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About two and a half years I got my first cold sore outbreak on the very centre of my chin. I was diagnosed with impetigo by one doctor and was prescribed a cream and the sore cleared up. I got another outbreak about 2 months later in the exact same place and my usual doctor said that it was actually a cold sore and I began using zovirax. The sore persisted and I was rarely free from it for longer than a week. I started to get smaller sores in the surrounding areas, always on the chin. Eventually I was prescribed tablets that cleared it up for many months.

This July the original sore was sparked by exposure to sun. Since then I have not had one day without a cold sore. I've probably only had three or four major cold sores but I always have small ones all over my chin that I have to keep and eye on. They barely even blister but I know they are cold sores because they always occur in the exact places that they were originally, with a small amount of spreading also.

I know my situation could be a lot worse but I can't relax because they are always there and I worry about infecting others or spreading them further.

Recently, I tried taking lysine tablets and having a higher ratio of lysine to arginine in my diet but they didn't clear up. Nothing else helps and I am at a total loss as to what to do next, please help!

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Cod liver tablets

Hi tetris123.

Try COD LIVER OIL TABLETS, I suffered for years with cold sores and 4 years ago I started taking these tablets, one a day every day, I just wish that I had started taking them years earlier, even on holiday in full sun they do not appear.

Let me know how you go on.

Regards, Les Wilson.

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I'm right there with you tetris123. With antiviral pills and lysine, I've been able to keep the cold sores on the middle part of my upper-lip under control, but I feel like I am constantly keeping an eye on my lip b/c of the frequency of tingling and early cold-sore development (I can see the whiteness under my skin).

I feel like the virus is constantly active, and I just want it to go back to the nerve ganglion and give me a break. Does anyone else have this type of constant virus activity?

Les, thanks again for the post - I am willing to try cod liver (as I am willing to try any- and everything).

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stringer: yes yes yes that''s EXACTLY my problem! it's always niggling away there. i started to think it maybe wasn't cold sores because no one else i know that gets them could relate to what i was saying. i'm going to try cod liver oil and report back!

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Yeah tetris123, it's weird b/c the sores are generally "under control," but the virus is constantly active. I'm worried that minimal sun exposure and/or constant stress about it is/are causing the virus to stay constantly active. My dermatologist just prescribed Famvir and told me to check-back in a few months.

What does your lip generally look like? Every few days I feel the tingling and see the early stages of a white blister - but with a black dot in the middle. It's weird. But with treatment (famvir, lysine, etc.) it goes away in a matter of 1-3 days, only to have another one start to tingle in the same general location.

Anyway, I'm willing to try cod liver oil tablets but there isn't a ton of research showing its benefits. Let's hope it works...

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