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I've had recurrent cold sores for a few months :(

What makes it hard for me, personally, is that I don't have any symptoms that warn me of an outbreak! I have no tingly or itchy or painful feelings (I guess that is both good and bad). My cold sores also do not hurt, but they are definitely cold sores. So basically, the only way for me to tell an Ob is occurring is by constantly looking at the mirror :( 

Recently, I've discovered that my lips get redder/brighter at the location of my first cold sore sometimes (especially after going outside even for a few minutes, etc). However, the redness goes away in a few hours and usually never blisters. The redness is flat, and my lips are never chapped (I'm an avid lip balm user lol). I think only once (out of maybe 15 occasions), it blistered.

I often use liquorice lip balm, which is supposed to have some antiviral effects, so I'm not sure if it's the balm working or if my lips are really sensitive to the weather. 

Is this redness a sign of a cold sore, or are my lips just sensitive? 

Any help would be appreciated :) 


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have you ever had a blister or actual typical OB  ?? only way to tell , its not always 100% but to get a IGG specific blood test for hsv1/2. It just sounds like you have sensitive skin if you havent had diagnosis from a swab or from visual at that matter

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Hi! Thanks for your response :) i have been tested and got a positive for hsv1, but I'm assuming since most of my lip redness hasn't blistered, I cannot get it swabbed (I could be wrong though!)

im hoping my lips are just sensitive though, thank you again ^_^

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I when living in London  found a lip liquorice balm that i brought heaps of but after a few years ran out of and shifted countries then the coldsores started again. But now when the outbreak first occurs i use a slice of garlic it stings and stops the sore. Trust me ive keep a journal on them trying everything and after 30years finally something that stops them.

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