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Hi everyone,

I got a cold sore last Sunday. I get about 2-3 a year as of late. my whole top lip swelled up and a huge blister appeared. Monday I went to the doctor. He prescribbed two pills of high-dose valtrex right away and two more pills 12 hours later. The swelling went down after a couple days. I was also using the Abreva for the first time. I went to dab off the medicine to clean it and it took off the soft forming scab/blister. Now every day it seems to puss and scab and bleed and start all over. I stopped using the abreva right away and now use LP neosporin to keep it moist. I got a secondary infection last night after eating tomatoe sauce, which is not good for it. It is on the bottom lip and I put neosporin on it and it hasn't seemed to get worse. It's just slightly raised and red, hopefully it won't get worse. It's very depressing and frustrating, and so many websites say so may different things. Some day keep it clean and dry, others say keep it moist. Whatever I do, seems to have some negative effect. Any advice?



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If cold sores are really the same as the sores you get with genital herpes, mine heal much quicker if I use start using hydrogen peroxide on them immediately (at the very first sign of one) to dry them out. It seems to me that keeping them moist would only provide an environment favorable for the virus to live in longer.

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