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    Default Cold sore treatment during pregnancy

    Just wondering if anyone had used cold sore creams during their pregnancy.

    I'm about 17 weeks and I have about 6 cold sores on my lips.

    I usually use the compeed patches but it's a bit silly if I have to cover all of my lips in patches.

    I have an OB appointment on Thursday and will check them but I wouldn't mind some pain relief from the cold sores in the meantime.

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    They will tell you not to use cold sore cream (zovirax) to be careful but I have in previous pregnancies with no issues at all

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    Have you tried tea tree oil dabbed on a cotton bud? Apparently this is really effective, although I've never tried it myself- my friend swears by it

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    I hate coldsores!! I got one during my pregnancy too. I went to a chemist and they said the only thing I could use was something called Carmex.

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    Carmex or paw paw ointment. That's all I could use. Just kept it moist with those and while it didn't go away as quickly if I had used Zovirax, it did help clear it quicker than with nothing and keeping it moist helped with pain relief.

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    Tea tree oil

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    whoops I got a few cold sores through my pregnancies and use my normal cream (can't think of the name maybe like virosol or something) whenever I needed to, didn't even cross my mind to check it.

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    I used zovirax during pregnancy. Also when the cold sore first comes up i put ice on it to numb it and make it go down then stuck tea tree on it to dry it out. I did that like every hour for 3 hours and it didnt come up as bad.

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    My OB said Zovirax topical cream is fine as your skin is absorbing so little of the active ingredient. It's Zovirax the oral medication (a pill) that you should avoid.

    I've also found tea tree oil helps as well if there is already a blister. Dab some on with a q-tip and it dries them up super fast!

    I use Zovirax in the beginning (ie tickle and when blister is first forming) and then tea tree oil to dry them up. They literally scab within a couple hours.

    I had the same problem in the second trimester, multiple cold sores popping up but they've eased up and (knock on wood) I haven't had one since 25 weeks.

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    Good thread timing, I just got my first one in a year

    Thanks for the tea-tree oil tip, I've been using nail polish remover (dip a q-tip in and dab on) because it dries them up really quickly too, it probably doesn't taste much worse than tea-tree oil when you accidentally lick your lips though!

    Does anyone know if taking lysine supplements really works for prevention? I get coldsores from lack of sleep so am dreading the inevitable outbreak after baby is born!


 

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