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Could chapstick cause an outbreak?

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apiekar

My lips were incredibly chapped all day Sunday. Monday it was even worse so I applied chapstick (Burt's Bees) all day. Yesterday (Tuesday) morning I woke up with probably 5 cold sores all across my top lip. Almost my whole top lip is one giant cold sore. It's painful, absolutely disgusting and I'm so embarassed to have to be at work around people.

Is it possible that the chapstick made the OB worse? I could have been in the very early stages of my cold sore and not even know it because my lips were so chapped and I may have contaminated the rest of my lip by rubbing chapstick over it all day.

I've read that having very chapped lips makes can make you prone to cold sores but what am I supposed to do if chapstick can actually make it worse? This is the worst cold sore I've ever had.

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Pssm1991

It's possible that you could have spread it across your lip, them again your lips being chapped could have been the reason why too. When my lips get really chapped I use Vaseline or another chap stick that I can dip my finger in to opposed to spreading a stick across my lip. I use multiple fingers to put Vaseline on my lips, opposed to one finger spreading across the lip. For example one finger to put vaseline on my upper lip left side, second finger for upper lip right side, etc. Hope that makes sense. Then be sure to wash your fingers. This way you know you aren't spreading anything.

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