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Ekr

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Ekr

I've had two cold sores this year. I never had them before and I had a cold prior to both of them. The first one I didn't know what It was. This time when I got sick I tried to prevent one by relaxing and being healthy. I woke up with one this morning and I can't stop crying. I thought it was just a rash last time and now I guess it's confirmed that I had what I didn't want. I don't know what to do at school tomorrow. I don't know what to say to my mom. I need help. I'm so scared.

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WilsoInAus

Hi and welcome to the site. I am sure we will be able to help you out a lot.

Can I just check whether we are talking about cold sores around your mouth or lips, or downstairs?

Please try to bear in mind that 70% of the population have HSV-1 and, or HSV-2! Over 90% of people have other forms of herpes such as HHV-6 and Epstein Barr.

If what you have is cold sores, then you are part of the majority family that have nothing but sympathy and empathy for you.

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Ekr

On my lips.

The issue I'm having is that when I was little I got these rashes that, now that I think of it look like cold sores, under my nose when I was little and got sick. I hadn't got them for years. Then I got a cold sore. Also the one I'm having now is different from the one I had the first time. I don't know if that's normal.

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WilsoInAus

This does seem all perfectly normal.

I was infected as a kid and when sick with colds or similar, I would get cold sores running up and down the inside of my nose as well as lips. These days it is mainly on my lips a few times a year. There are very varied experiences with cold sores, but yours seems similar to mine.

Here's one thing to do, get some cream such as Zovirax and massage it in. Leaving some residual over the top to cover up some redness. People will either not notice (it is way more noticeable to you) or if they do will understand as they either have it or someone very close to them will. You're completely normal, walk tall and proud.

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