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#1 missPixy

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:43 AM

I'm sure I'm not the only one on this forum who suffers from
"cold sores" on their mouth/ lips. I've dealt with this since I can
remember, and it was such a massive pain for the longest time.
in fact, not until I was in my late 20s did a co-worker tell me
they had the same problem, and referred me to her dermatologist.
it was only then that I heard the term "herpes simplex 1" and was
given a prescription for Zovirax. my mother had kept insisting
all my life that I got these cold sores because I kissed my pets.

now, for those of you out there who get this, you KNOW what I'm
talking about when you start getting that tingly feeling, and touch
your lip and can feel multiple teeny bumps making their appearance.
the worst part is when they begin to "heal." even though the Zovirax
can stop an attack midway, the healing process usually consists of
the entire area scabbing. and scabs on the lip? that's about a 2-week
ordeal since you open and close your mouth so often, and the scab
cracks/ reheals/ on and on.

well this past week, mine was triggered I'm assuming by a week of
feeling very ill... migraines plus stomach flu or food poisoning. I
went immediately for my Zovirax and applied every 3 hours.... then
I though of something. I have Manuka Honey UMF 16+. it promotes
new skin, and it prevents scabbing of wounds. so I dabbed some of
the honey on top of the Zovirax.

next day, it was clear the blisters had stopped growing. but what was
amazing was that they were already drying from the top layer, with
a very thin dry skin layer that came off without going down to the
raw flesh. it was on top of skin.

long story short: I applied the Zovirax every day, but topped it with a
dab of Manuka Honey UMF +16. and only 4 days later, I have mostly
pink skin where the blisters were. there are a couple of scab marks the
size of pinheads where I assume the most virulent blisters were, but
I'm going to keep applying the honey to see if it can soften these
and save me from two weeks of scab <basement>. it is really amazing.

Edited by missPixy, 13 February 2012 - 05:44 AM.





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Posted 13 February 2012 - 05:57 AM

Wow that's awesome! I had one of those when I was 5... PAIN! Anyway, if I ever get one again I will try to use that! :D Also, in the first paragraph you said your mom said you got cold sores because you kissed your pets... is that true? O.o

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 06:23 AM

I get these too sometimes and they are downright annoying. Especially the scabbing part as you mentioned. I'm going to have to get a hold of some manuka honey for next time then! c: Thank you!

Edited by Christmas_hamster, 13 February 2012 - 06:23 AM.


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Posted 13 February 2012 - 07:27 AM

Wow that's awesome! I had one of those when I was 5... PAIN! Anyway, if I ever get one again I will try to use that! :D Also, in the first paragraph you said your mom said you got cold sores because you kissed your pets... is that true? O.o


lol no! in my case, it is the virus herpes simplex, which happens on the mouth
and, according to recent statistics, probably close to 90percent of the adult
population has this virus in their system.

I was adopted, and apparently contracted it in utero. my birth was difficult and
I was in the hospital for a while.

it's contagious to other people only when I have the outbreak/ blisters. as I get
older, I get them less and less frequently... in fact I think the last time I got
these were 4 or 5 years ago?

I get these too sometimes and they are downright annoying. Especially the scabbing part as you mentioned. I'm going to have to get a hold of some manuka honey for next time then! c: Thank you!


it's so annoying, and they hurt, too! plus very hard to cover up.
so you get to walk around with this huge scab right in the middle
of your mouth. the worst ones are those that straddle your actual
lip and the skin around your lip... omg.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:07 AM

I feel your pain MP...Oh I detest cold sores, I get them, and my partner gets them much worse. Nothing to be embarrassed about though, like you said, almost everybody has the virus.
I am all about the natural treatments too! I am glad the honey is speeding up the healing process (and I bet it tastes good too!).
If you are ever looking for another, natural cold sore treatment, I would recommend a brand called "Rocky Mountain Soap Company" their "break out buster". This is a tiny little Canadian company, but they are onto something good here, this stuff really works, and it is all natural. Put it on when you get the tingly feeling and the cold sore will NOT come through in the morning. You can use it on pimples too. My partner and I only use it for cold sores though. Many of my friends use it too.

If you ever want to look, here is the link:
http://www.rockymountainsoap.com/productDetails/1130625/1027936/1000144

Cold Sores be gone! Lol

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:49 PM

I feel your pain MP...Oh I detest cold sores, I get them, and my partner gets them much worse. Nothing to be embarrassed about though, like you said, almost everybody has the virus.
I am all about the natural treatments too! I am glad the honey is speeding up the healing process (and I bet it tastes good too!).
If you are ever looking for another, natural cold sore treatment, I would recommend a brand called "Rocky Mountain Soap Company" their "break out buster". This is a tiny little Canadian company, but they are onto something good here, this stuff really works, and it is all natural. Put it on when you get the tingly feeling and the cold sore will NOT come through in the morning. You can use it on pimples too. My partner and I only use it for cold sores though. Many of my friends use it too.

If you ever want to look, here is the link:
http://www.rockymountainsoap.com/productDetails/1130625/1027936/1000144

Cold Sores be gone! Lol


thank you for this link! I will look into this, too. that is fascinating
that the sore doesn't "break" as you say... which is also a huge
advantage in keeping the scabbing down.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:57 PM

Definatly going to have to try this! I get cold sores about 3 times a year. Luckly none as nasty as I used to get as a kid! I remember one I had was on both top and bottom lip and spread all the way up to under my nose! Was disgusting!

How long does they honey keep after its been opened?

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 06:07 AM

Definatly going to have to try this! I get cold sores about 3 times a year. Luckly none as nasty as I used to get as a kid! I remember one I had was on both top and bottom lip and spread all the way up to under my nose! Was disgusting!

How long does they honey keep after its been opened?


the honey has a shelf life of a couple of years as long as it's kept in
a cool dark place.

I think as you get older, your body develops some internal resistance to
the virus, so the outbreaks aren't quite as bad as when you are younger.
at least that's what I've noticed, although they are still a major PIA when
they occur.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:52 AM

You're right, it's actually from herpes simplex virus 1. Don't confuse it with genital herpes which is caused by herpes simplex virus 2. You can alse get relief by applying ice on the affected area. Lemon balm can be taken as a tea against the condition. Echinacea is another helpful herb against cold sores or oral herpes. It can help strengthen the body’s immune system and protect the body against harmful diseases. Tea tree oil is also very effective..

I hope that helped. There are other remedies for cold sores.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 06:27 AM

this is great
i have a nasty habit of picking at my lips. which is where i think i got HSV1
and i notice that if i pick my lips pretty bad, then i'll get an outbreak
i had to tell my bf about this, and he made me feel really nasty and asked me repeatedly if i had other STIs
was a terrible experience.

although i use abreva, not that it works too well though.
i think i'll check out that balm and use the honey next time

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:04 AM

Erghhh. I know a few people who think coldsores are a STD and it really annoys me! Seeing as 90% of the population suffers from them, I am still surprised when people think a coldsore is a STD just because it has partially the same name. Posted Image

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:04 AM

Ive suffered with them as long as I can remember, Ive never found zovirax to make any difference in the prevention when the tingling starts or to help aiding it go quicker, my mom seems to find it helps her though. Years ago someone told me to put perfume on the lip when you get that tingling (spray onto your finger and dab on the tingly area) That usually that tends to stop it coming up for me, although sometimes that tingling goes and will occur on another area of my lips as if to say im breaking out wether you like it or not :(! Just getting over one now which didnt really break through but was right near my lip stud, which made the area my lip studs in ache and the skins dry.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:11 AM

Putting perfume on the sore?! OUCH! Thats sounds horrible. And you accidently lick your lips and you taste that horrible perfume taste? Not something I want to try! I think I would rather go through having a coldsore for a few weeks than to do that! Posted Image

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 02:56 AM

Sometimes coldsores last longer though
than a few weeks

Abreva worked very well for me, but I wouldn't
say it works well on everyone, I would say you
have a 60% chance of it working for you.
It's also 20 dollars. Nobody else I know said
it worked well. I got a coldsore after getting the
flu or something.


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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:34 AM

Putting perfume on the sore?! OUCH! Thats sounds horrible. And you accidently lick your lips and you taste that horrible perfume taste? Not something I want to try! I think I would rather go through having a coldsore for a few weeks than to do that! Posted Image


Lol it stings but 9/10 it stops it coming up. Depends what perfume you use, some taste vile when you accidentally lick it but some arnt too bad. I'd rather taste perfume than have a manky lip for a few weeks :) Lol the things we do for beauty!