By Real $lim Katie
Hi there friends My name is Katie and I have been brutally embarrassed and bullied by the cold sores I get since kindergarten. I used to get them every time the seasons changed like clockwork and they would continue to affect me into my adulthood, restricting me from wanting to go to school/work/out with friends/etc.
To help empower me, I made this video parodying "7 Rings" by Ariana Grande to embody embracing your true amazingness despite your cold sore. It includes the tips that I have learned over my 23 years to zap the sore before they get worse and my roommate/bestie designed and created all the clothes featured in it. Check it-
MY COLD SORE TIPS--
have helped shorten the life of my cold sore WHAT HELPS YOU???
#REALSLIMSORECHALLENGE : post the video & say your OWN tips to SHORTEN THE LIFE OF PESKY ASS COLD SORES.
Also, get out of your house and live your life!!! 1/2 people have cold sores, why do they make us feel so bad about ourselves?
DESTIGMATIZE THE SORE!
Love you all
All I have been doing is research over the past three weeks and I still don’t even know where to begin this post because it’s still so shocking. This post might be long but I hope someone will read it and help me. I feel like the doctors don’t really truly know about this topic in depth and I have no one to learn from and I’m so so scared.
My first outbreak was 10 months ago. I had just had sex with a new person and started my period. The doctor said it was BV and a yeast infection. I knew that it couldn’t just be that. My labia was terribly swollen and cut up that it was so painful to go to the bathroom. Got better but then was cut up again about 2 weeks later and I think after antibiotics really had a yeast infection too. About 3 weeks ago I felt really itchy one day and the next day I had a cut on my inner labia and started my period that same day. After closely inspecting it I realized that maybe it could be a blister. I got the doctor to swab it and they confirmed it was hsv2. From the time the doc saw it my labia did get a little more raw but def not as bad as what happened 10 months ago. Of course at that point my stress levels are high and I went back to the doctor a week later to get tested for everything else to make sure I was ok. So of course high stress again. Once my initial cut was healed I shaved and ended up with what I think was another outbreak but this time next to my outer labia. I went back and forth if it was from shaving but I feel like there were two spots and they had itched and were painful. Those spots are not fully healed but no longer hurt. This morning and for most of the day I felt a sunburn type feeling on my right butt. When I’m looking at it now I swear that I can see these small bump patches that might look like little blisters ... I don’t think they look like regular little butt bumps. They are so small and it’s hard to see but it does feel tender. So this makes it seem like the 3rd little outbreak within 3 weeks. I have always had very dry sensitive skin and I have been very super aware of every little thing since this diagnosis. I’m supposed to start my period next week and I’m terrified that with it will come a 4th little outbreak. This is not as painful as that first outbreak but it’s more upsetting cause it feels like it’s lasting longer.
1. Does any of what I’m describing sound normal. Can you get it in 3 different spots within 3 weeks like this? Why does it keep restarting and it didn’t last time. Is it ever going to end!?
2. How can I figure out what this is going to be like for me if every single circumstance has had different symptoms.
3. I thought it was mostly supposed to be in the same place so why does this seem like 3 different places? Also, the spot on my butt if it’s hsv2 is this just a place where it can show up or did I spread it there?
4. If this is a spot on my butt does this mean that I can shed there? I’m so terrified of spreading this to my family. The spot on my butt is in a place that could be potentially touched by someone as it’s on the top and wouldn’t maybe be covered by s bathing suit. If I’m holding my niece on my hips and her legs happen to rub against that part of my butt and I’m shedding could I pass it to her.
5. I went 10 months between these outbreaks and I’m hoping that I won’t have to deal with this often but I’m not understanding why all of the sudden for 3 weeks I’m having something new pop up each week. I’m so scared that this is going to be my new normal. I just want to feel like me again and comfortable in my own skin and for the last three weeks all I’ve felt is uncomfortable in my skin.
I’d appreciate any help that someone who has been through this can help. I feel hopeless
I’ve been taking everyday
b. Vitamin c
c. Vitamin d
have periodically used coconut oil, lavender, rosemary, and have taken lysine a handful of times.
Recently had my first big outbreak (I had a scare of what I thought could have been one last month but even though I got swabbed asap tested it came back negative). After about a week into the outbreak on my genitals I then had an oral outbreak (never had a cold sore before at least to my awareness). While I am on antivirals (taken the day the cold sore showed and the genitals have started clearing this oral one just seems to be getting worse. The nurse said it was likely HSV-2 but I am still waiting for my results. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to cope with this oral outbreak? I am currently staying at my boyfriends' house and am worried it will travel from inner lip/mouth to be more visible, the idea of his parents seeing it fills me with dread.
Also, any good websites/blogs/youtubers to follow to give me a little more hope to this all.
I was just diagnosed with HSV 1 and this was the first time I had been tested for it. I am not sure how long I’ve had it and now I’m feeling a lot of stress and anxiety. A lot of my friends have had cold sores before and I know they’re super common but I am so afraid of passing it to someone else with an unknown outbreak. I know that HSV 1 can be oral or genital but is most commonly oral. I don’t think I’ve had an outbreak yet because I figured it would be easy to recall. I’ve had a small fluid filled bump above my lip for a month or so that at one point I picked off and it grew back. It hasn’t bursted and doesn’t hurt at all. I’m not sure if this is my first outbreak or if it’s just something else. Is there any kind of medication I can take to lower the chances of spreading it to another person?
I tested positive for HSV 1 & 2 yesterday. In these short 24 hours my emotion's have been on a roller coaster. Sometimes I feel like I am normal and I can get over this mentally but then sometimes I break down and cry and feel so nasty about myself and the decisions I've made in life. Anyways I'm not writing on here to throw myself a pitty party but instead to find out what you guys prefer. Do you take medicine if so do you take it daily or just when you have outbreaks? Do you do the natural way and if so what are your recipes? What do you think are the pros and cons to either. I just really don't want to take a pill everyday to remind me of my choices. Any feedback is appreciated.