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    Hi, im about 6wks pregnant and have a cold sore. I've had about 4 in the past 10 years. I was wondering if anyone knows what i can put on it...i usually use Zovirax but its a big no no during pregnancy i have read. I thought you were meant to 'glow' during pregnancy...but for me i have had nothing but nausea, bad acne and now cold sores...no glow yet

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    I was told by my Ob that I couldn't use anything. Even those compeed patches or lysine vitamins weren't allowed according to Ob.
    Info on the net wasn't very convincing either way so I followed Obs advice and didn't use anything. Luckily I only got one during pregnancy.

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    I called a mothers hotline and she said Lysine is perfectly safe as well as using Zovirax etc. I cant see how it could harm a pregnancy at all given we prob put more junk on our faces/in our bodies in make up and food but thats just me

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    You can use the Zovirax cream, it's the oral pill that is a no no during pregnancy. Taking vitamin C helps as well. I put Zovirax on when I feel the tickle but once it blisters, if you dab tea tree oil on it it dries right up! I get coldsores often but only learned that trick last year.

    If you call the Royal women's helpline they will say Zovirax topical cream is fine, so little is absorbed into the blood.

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    I was told by my GP and the pharmacist not to put anything on it, the only thing I could use was paw paw ointment.

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    I was told by my GP and the pharmacist not to put anything on it, the only thing I could use was paw paw ointment.
    I was told by OB and pharmacist that the cream is fine, I also spoke to the Royal women's helpline which said the cream was fine as well. I was really paranoid to use it during my last pregnancy because of our previous experience of loosing a baby (not due to cream or coldsores of course, just anxious) so I researched heaps.

    The cream can only help before it blisters though, after that it can't really do anything except help with pain. If it's blistered already a dab of tea tree oil works wonders in drying it up, will literally be gone by the next day, if not sooner. It stings and you may have a dry scab for a few days but just dab some vitamin e on it and it will go away. The tea tree oil has been such a relief for me in getting rid of them quickly.

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    Im going to get me some tea tree oil!

    Ive only had two cold sores, one a year for the past two. And they have both been horrendous. The first one i ended up in hosp with staph! So im praying i dont get one while preg. Hopefully the tea tree will help if one attacks.

    And OP, i have no glow either. Im just a cranky old tired chubby cow. You are not alone 😋

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    The cream is category b something. I can't remember if it's b1,b2 or b3. So I guess some obs are 'nothing but cat a when you are pregnant' and some are a bit more relaxed. I figure it's only topical so less chance of anything transmitted to bub.

    I'm pretty sure the patches (compeed?) are just thin duoderm/comfeel which is a dressing used for pressure sores and burns. I don't see how it could be harmful during pregnancy.

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    Zovirax is pointless once the spot has broken. It's only good if you get it when it's tingling.

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