Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cold Sore Be Gone!

I get cold sores. I'm not proud of it but perhaps if more people admitted to getting them, I wouldn't feel such shame walking around with a gross lip wound for 7-10 days.


Last weekend, I noticed a small bump on the lower corner of my lip where my cold sores live 99.9% of the time. They hibernate beneath the surface of that corner and once or twice a year show their faces to let me know they still live there and obviously, to challenge my self-esteem and patience. My husband said it was a pimple but I knew better. I woke up Tuesday morning with that tingle. If you are a fellow lip herpes friend, you know what I'm talking about.

Tingle tingle. You run to a mirror to agonize over what is about to happen. It is too late. It can't be stopped. Tamed, maybe. Stopped, never. Lip herpes are fierce bastards. Fact: They are a close cousin to the menstrual cycle.

I ran to my car to grab my trusty Abreva that I keep nearby 24/7 but I knew that wouldn't be enough. I tend to be compulsive about these types of things. In my early 20's I had to throw away all my acne products because I was slathering TONS of products on my skin, causing it to dry out and in turn, produce more pimples. It was a sickness. I clearly didn't learn my lesson with the LH (lip herpes). Tuesday night consisted of googling home remedies (even though I already know them all), pressing hot tea bags against my LH, sleeping with a cotton ball of alcohol on my lip and adding more and more abreva during my waking hours.

I also tried ice therapy and a good old fashioned prayer before I went to bed Tuesday night. Wednesday morning was brutal. My lip was swollen and the LH was fully grown. Alcohol, ice, Abreva and one additional product later, my lip was red, puffy and needed a rest so I told myself that I would only add Abreva and a numbing pain reliever cream the rest of the day.

Yes, I added a filter to this picture. Is there any other way? 

That Campho-Phenique is legit. It helps to take away some on the tingly/pain feeling and helps to dry it out. It is also only $4 at Walmart. I wouldn't skip the Abreva though. It is worth the money! Wednesday night, I iced it, alcohol'd it, abreva'd it and campho'd it before going to bed. 

Is it still there? Sadly, yes. But it is already starting to dry out in some places and I hope it will be completely gone by Monday. The worst part is when it completely dries out and starts to crack and bleed. At that point, you just have to wait it out. I read many many home remedies online including replacing rubbing alcohol with vodka and even putting some vanilla extract on it. Yeah, I don't think I want to associate something I use for baking with the ol' herp. 

I just have to get through two more days of work (I work with teens so I hope they have enough grace to ignore it) and I can hide in my house over the weekend while it heals. In better news, I got some heat protectant spray for my hair and whoa! My hair is feeling silky soft. So if anyone makes a comment about my LH, I'll distract them with my shiny, silky hairs.

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