Im not sure if you will see this... but I was in a similiar boat to you. I am 23 but for the last year have had cold sore after cold sore, one heals, another breaks out.
I am on daily supression at the moment of 500 mg Valtrex at least two times a day and 4 times a day if the cold sore actually develops.
I havent had a full outbreak for 6 months since being on daily supression, occasionally my lip will feel a little warm or red but i simply apply aloe vera pure gel on it or blistex acyclovir antiviral lip creme and it goes away.
Here is what I do.. maybe it will help you.. My doctor recommended to me to go on daily supression to give my lips a break from constant outbreaks...but please ask your own doctor before doing any of this to see if its right for you.
-Eat pretty healthy- I avoid nuts, gluten( I do cheat and its okay most the time), tomato, chocolate ( i cheat but ive noticed that this makes my lips crazy even with supression), orange juice , avoid high arginine foods in general
-apply spf 15 minimum on my lips if out in sun
-always apply Carmex and aloe gel mixed together on my lips for moisture
- I am currently trying coconut oil on my lips ( sometimes by itself but this can be harsh so i mix it with carmex again to make it long lasting) you can also ingest the coconut oil which ive read is meant to help a lot ..
- I take 500 mg Valtrex as soon as I wake up, if i feel '' off' in the afternoon i take another 500 mg around 4 pm .. and then again just before I go to sleep. I have tried acyclovir .. and also generic stuff but only the brand Valtrex has worked for me.. I am moving to england in a couple of years so ive looked up websites to purchase..
- I also take 1X Lysine tablet 1000 mg with every meal( this is excessive and you have to be careful.. do whats right for your body .. my limit is about 6000 a day and this by itself used to work well for me, I also recommend getting pure lysine instead of a 'cold sore remedy' tablet that combines vitamins and herbs with the lysine as I find this less effective)
- I find that harsh sunlight, high intensity workouts, some foods as mentioned above, emotional or physical stress and quick weather changes can be triggers for me .. perhaps they are for you as well ?
Anyway, I know how much it sucks to feel like there is no end to it.. so I hope some of the stuff thats helped me will help you.
All the best
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