Constant coldsores! How do I de stress?

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Registered: 01-27-2010
Constant coldsores! How do I de stress?
Mon, 04-09-2012 - 5:06am
I've had coldsores ever since I was little. But usually I would get one, then wouldn't get another for months to years apart!

Now all of a sudden since the start of feb this year I've constantly been breaking out in coldsores! The drs have out it down to stress and whenever I get a break out I take famvir 500mg 3 tabs at once. But now it's to the point where I've had to take this 3 times in the past week! And they won't go away! Not to mention this is extremely expensive for someone who works part time. I went to a dr today and asked if If I could get a script to take them daily because they won't go away - he said no I couldn't because I don't have genital herpes or HIV. So I went to the chemist who recommended taking l-lysine plus vitamin b tablets .
Is there anything else I can do to make them stop appearing? They're painful at the moment I'm also using Zovirax and compeed but it feels everything has stopped working.

Please help! Any information would be helpful! Thank you!
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Registered: 09-02-2003
Wed, 04-11-2012 - 11:37am
I'm sorry you have to deal with this, but from what I've read l-lysine seems to work for a lot of people!

Also see if you can find ways to manage your stress levels, or ensure that you are taking time for yourself (which I know is always easier said than done!). Make sure you're getting enough sleep - lack of which can lead to all sorts of health problems and in general helps to wear down our immune systems!

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Registered: 10-29-2004
Mon, 04-09-2012 - 8:57pm

I know cold sores can be heraditory as my cousin got them and so did her grandmother.