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Where did this come from?

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Brunette10 Mon 13-Apr-20 13:52:57

As everyone else we have been staying in for the last 4 weeks and I now have a cold sore on my lip. Where on earth did I get that and how? Not going to bother standing in a very long queue to get the necessary ointment I shall just have to grin and bear it and look a bit like a Monster with an overgrown lip.confused

MiniMoon Mon 13-Apr-20 13:59:55

Cold sores or herpes simplex are known to be psychosomatic, meaning they are brought on by stress.
I'm not surprised that you have one now, the current situation is enough to stress anyone out.

MiniMoon Mon 13-Apr-20 14:01:26

Posted too soon. The herpes simplex virus lies dormant in the body until something triggers it.

Starblaze Mon 13-Apr-20 14:04:42

Once you get them once, you have them for life, pop up when you are rundown

moggie57 Mon 13-Apr-20 14:08:06

i know this will sting your cold sore .but put vinegar or lemon juice on it....i have HPV virus and they pop up anywhere......havent had any for while though. tiredness and stress dont help...

EllanVannin Mon 13-Apr-20 14:08:18

Contagious too. Dab it with milk.

Hithere Mon 13-Apr-20 14:21:37

HSV can remain dormant for many years.
In fact, many people carry it but are unaware of it.

sharon103 Mon 13-Apr-20 14:33:19

I have read you can dab perfume or aftershave on cold sores. Also holding an ice cube on it a few times a day should kill the virus.
I feel for you. I used to get them as a child on my lips and up my nose. As did my mum and sister.
It's said that being in the sun can bring them out too.

Hithere Mon 13-Apr-20 14:37:27

Dab alcohol in an open wound is NOT a good idea.
The ice cube will not kill the virus, but it may help with the itching, inflammation and redness.

Septimia Mon 13-Apr-20 14:39:20

Try a little (cool!) black coffee dabbed on it. That's what I used to use before the ointment became available.

Missfoodlove Mon 13-Apr-20 15:36:56

Brunette10, sunlight is one of the worst things to bring out a cold sore.
It is usually the first few sunny days of the year that you are the most vulnerable.

Brunette10 Mon 13-Apr-20 15:46:21

Been thinking, we sat out a few days ago in the sun as it was so nice, just couldn’t resist. Thanks for your replies. I will try and keep it at bay, if possible.

Elegran Mon 13-Apr-20 15:50:04

Witch hazel dries it out without nipping too much. Surgical spirit is very effective - but stings!

Hithere Mon 13-Apr-20 16:03:45

Lysine has been proven to help avoid outbreaks