Kind of gross...but fever blisters - page 2

I am at my wits end...I have no idea what to do....It seems when I get stressed or even the slightest cold, I get either a massive fever blister or a little cluster of them on my bottom lip. I am a... Read More

  1. by   KRVRN
    Well, maybe it's me but I've never associated cold sores with uncleanliness. Some workplaces don't want you to work with cold sores because you can transmit herpesvirus to the pts. So it would seem that it is time to go to the doctor and ask for advice or a prescription for something. Since your profile says you are a student, this would be a good idea because I would hate for you to get one the morning of a clinical and then have your instructor send you home!
  2. by   LilRedRN1973
    L-Lysine taken daily can prevent recurring cold sores/blisters. I had chronic cold sores on and around my lips almost year round in Texas. I have scars in the corners of my mouth from the frequent blisters. When I moved to northern NV, I wasn't out and about in the sun as much and didn't have a sore for years. But then I started nursing school and they were back with a vengeance.

    Lysine keeps them at bay, as does keeping sunscreen on my lips. When I feel that "tingle" I apply zovirax, but all that does is keep the duration of the sore shorter than if I didn't use it at all. Abreva does not work for at all. I gave up.

    The Lysine is cheap, easy to use (as long as I remember to take it each day) and keeps me from getting those painful things. I agree with you....I'm VERY self conscious when I have one and think everyone is the world is staring at it. Probably stems from when I used to get teased in high school for being "diseased". Kids are so nice, huh? :uhoh21:

    Melanie
  3. by   jeepgirl
    Quote from sherichance
    I am at my wits end...I have no idea what to do....It seems when I get stressed or even the slightest cold, I get either a massive fever blister or a little cluster of them on my bottom lip. I am a extremely hygenic person so I do not understand why I get these. Can they be brought on my high ammounts of stress?

    Does anyone have any suggestions of possibly keeping these away or reducing the appearance? I have tried everything and it works for a bit but then it losses its effectiveness on the blisters. I have tried bees wax, carmex, blistex, herpecin...and so on...should i go to the doctor to see if there is some type of medication he can give me everything i get one of these, they are extremely painful for me too...

    It kills me because I hate going out in public. My lip gets so fat that it looks like someone punched me in the face.



    Any suggestions are deeply appreciated.
    It is related to stress.
    When I was small 3-4 years old, I started getting them.Then, they got better. However, every year the week before school started I would get a new fever blister.

    I've had like THREE this year. I think it is related to the stress of my new job as an RN!
  4. by   jeepgirl
    Quote from RNnTraining1973
    L-Lysine taken daily can prevent recurring cold sores/blisters. I had chronic cold sores on and around my lips almost year round in Texas. I have scars in the corners of my mouth from the frequent blisters. When I moved to northern NV, I wasn't out and about in the sun as much and didn't have a sore for years. But then I started nursing school and they were back with a vengeance.

    Lysine keeps them at bay, as does keeping sunscreen on my lips. When I feel that "tingle" I apply zovirax, but all that does is keep the duration of the sore shorter than if I didn't use it at all. Abreva does not work for at all. I gave up.

    The Lysine is cheap, easy to use (as long as I remember to take it each day) and keeps me from getting those painful things. I agree with you....I'm VERY self conscious when I have one and think everyone is the world is staring at it. Probably stems from when I used to get teased in high school for being "diseased". Kids are so nice, huh? :uhoh21:

    Melanie
    sunscreen is a must i have found!

    abreva is such a joke.

    they advertise it like it is better than its scrips. its just better than campohenique. (sp?)... that otc stuff that burned like the dickens.
  5. by   jeepgirl
    Quote from pediatriclpn
    If they are cold sores, then you definitely need Valtrex. I take it for 5 days, and then don't have another cold sore for years. I caught the virus from my exhusband sleeping around. My primary MD prescribed Valtrex for me years ago, and I love it!!!!
    There's a difference between Herpes simplex I and II.

    One is an STD, the other not. However, it is becoming harder to tell which is which due to the fact that people are getting wilder with their ways... yes, you can get the STD version in / around your mouth from certain activities.
  6. by   jeepgirl
    Quote from carrot_thief
    If you have cold sores, Abreva definitely works. But if what you're describing is canker sores, inside your mouth, then try changing your toothpaste and eating less acidic foods. I get them about once every two weeks and they are a pain. I've heard that using toothpaste without the ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate makes them stop, but I haven't been able to find any. Even Tom's of Maine has it...
    Hello Carrot Thief!

    I would see your doc about that. Are you a smoker or chewer? I always thought that recurrent canker sores were a good reason to get screened. Every two weeks is a lot!

    Thanks!
    Jeepgirl
  7. by   robby5313
    VALTREX, VALTREX, VALTREX! I get cold sores alot. Seems like if my lips get really dry, if I'm in the sun alot, if I take Sulfa drugs I will get one. And sometimes they just pop up for no reason. Valtrex taken at the very first sign of one will usually stop them from getting big and huge. It was truly a lifesaver. I used generic acyclovir and I ended up with 4 or 5 huge ones.
  8. by   VioletKaliLPN
    one is an std, the other not. however, it is becoming harder to tell which is which due to the fact that people are getting wilder with their ways... yes, you can get the std version in / around your mouth from certain activities.

    both can be 'sexually transmitted'. if your partner has hsv1, oral herpes, and performs oral sex on you, you can contract hsv1 genitally.

    imo hsv has such a negative connotation. the op should not have to feel ashamed or embarrassed about having cold sores, herpes simplex 1 is a condition that 80%+ of adults have.

    hsv1 & hsv2 *can* be transmitted sexually.
  9. by   traumaRUs
    This thread is over 5 years old - we can't provide medical advice and advise anyone with this issue to contact your provider.

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