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I got a cold sore for the first time about 7 days ago. I just found out that a cold sore is Herpes(type 1).:confused: I'm shoked because I've seen and known plenty of people that has had cold sores. You always think that herpes(any type) is this nasty thing that only careless, overly sexual people get. But... I now know it's not true. It's so common!

Anyway my question is....

How do you get rid of your cold sores as fast as possible???????

I have not left the house in the last 7 days because I have been too embarrased! I did go to the doctor but wore this hat and covered up my face. It's healing but is there anything that could speed up the process? I'm ready to get back to my life.:(

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You can't ever get rid of cold sores permanantly but you can use a variety of OTC ointments to help speed up the healing process. All I use is Carmex and it works very well.

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here's something else you will have "just learned" after reading my post

Coldsores are not just HSV type 1.......they can be BOTH HSV 1 or HSV2

and also, it works the same for genital herpes (it can be genital HSV1 or genital HSV 2) they can both be caused by either strain of the virus (1 or 2) and can occur and be transmitted to either place as well.

so now you are even more educated on the subject....its something a lot of people dont realize either.

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I know about it and that it never goes away all the way. I mean to make the visable cold sore disapper. I brought some carmax but I also brought something called Herpacin I think. Has anyone tried that?

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Re: How to prevent cold sores from coming back

That Caramax ointment won't do much for your cold sore, but it does taste good:)

About two months ago, I had my usual "I'll be back!" Schwartznegger Cold Sore (my husband calls it). It often shows up under the same corner of my mouth. With out fail, it would appear as soon as I was stressed, becoming sick, not sleeping well, etc.

I tried over the counter ointments with no lasting results. I finally read a holistic post in one ezine category that recommended a helpful site that tells you about safe solutions you'll find within your kitchen that can treat cold sores. I've tried 4 of the suggested home remedies and so far 3 of them have worked very good in preventing or helping my cold sore disappear within about three days. Some of these home products include tea bags, toothpaste, ice, and lysine. But I found out that it is not merely the product, but how you apply it, what time of day, and how often. That made the whole difference for me. I found the link for the cold sore web site in my bookmarks:

Cold Sore Remedies Info Page

I would suggest trying one remedy at a time so you know which ones work for you and cancel out those which don't.

All the best!

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