My sister uses dynamiclear rapid and swears by it. Only need to apply it once. It's potent!
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01-06-2013 06:48 #21
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01-06-2013 06:51 #22
Compete patches are great I wish I'd tried them earlier
I generally only wear them at night then during the day let it breathe,
Cuts the healing time in half easily!
01-06-2013 07:34 #23
I've gotten coldsores my whole life and Zovirax cream (I've never used patches) has always worked. If I put it on the moment I feel a tingle 90% of the time it goes away and doesn't progress. If my immune system is really down the only thing that will take it away is valtrex tablets (prescription). Last year I got glandular fever and the coldsores were insane!
Vectavir is a new cream that is also really good, a little but better and a different ingredient than Zovirax. Royal Women's told me not to use this while pregnant as there haven't been enough studies. But Royal Women's and OB said Zovirax cream is fine while pregnant.
Lysine (from vitamin section) works really well! If you take a few the moment you feel a tingle it will stop it in its tracks. Taking one everyday usually keeps them at bay. If you already have one take a couple a day to get it to heal faster. There also aren't many studies on if this is safe while pregnant. The head chemist at Monash (who's done extensive studies in pregnancy) told me its fine but its up to you as there's a lot of mixed info.
The virus can live dormant for years so you may have had it most of your life but something's happened now to trigger them (stress, weakened immune system and sunburn are my triggers).
They are at they're most contagious before the blister appears, so definitely bin another you used on your lips.
01-06-2013 07:35 #24
Acer---where do you get the natural stuff?
01-06-2013 07:43 #25
01-06-2013 10:12 #26
I never use any creams, I find they make them worse. I double dose on Lysine & use ice packs.
01-06-2013 11:20 #27
Just picked up Zovirax and lysine tablets. DH & 2 kids in tow so couldn't really "browse".
01-06-2013 17:10 #28
We've used Zovirax before as well. Haven't heard of the tablets before but they sound great! Must let DH know - he gets them more often than myself, especially when he's tired and/or stressed.
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01-06-2013 17:55 #30
Zovirax or acyclovir cream works best when used when the tingle/burn/itch is first felt, the compeed patches create seal to protect them from picking and infection and keep them moist which helps promote healing.
Try using creams that have numbing agents and betadine once blisters come up there's not much else you can do at the point but ride it out and keep it clean. Like another poster said its a dormant virus and once it's "turned on" and beyond the blister stage you literally ride it out. Usually 4-10 days is the course
There are over the counter tablets called famciclovir but they're best taken at the first stage or "tingle"
I just sat through refresher training on herpes virus for work! It won't make you feel better but more than 90% of the population have the virus and about half of that do actively get cold sores.
Edited: fat fingers and tiny phone screen!!
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