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    Cold Sore Question

    Whenever my wife and I go drysuit diving she gets this awful cold sore. It happens when the temparature falls below 65 degrees. She has tried everything, from chapstick, to vaseline, to carmex. Any suggestions that might help prevent these nasty things from appearing. It does not happen in warmer water, only the cold stuff.

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    nasty things cold sores, i suffer as well

    from my understanding they break out when your body immunity is low , eg your stressed , tired , have a flue / cold, are really cold/chilled , or are over exposed to the sun.

    it may be that you are getting chilled while diving , your bodys core temp is dropping and lowering your immunity ?????????? just a thought

    there are herbal medications which aparently work well or something like Zovirax an anti viral medication may help to reduce the severity of outbreaks.

    as you said also keep your lips protected with a lip balm that has sun block in it

    Best of luck
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    She might try a pre-emptive use of a OTC cold sore medication prior to the diving. Zovirax ahead of time might help as well.

    I once saved a man in Wichita just to watch him dive...(inventor)

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    If it were my loving and dear wife, I would insist that we fly someplace warm to dive. I would only be thinking of her, really!

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    Quote Originally Posted by snagel View Post
    If it were my loving and dear wife, I would insist that we fly someplace warm to dive. I would only be thinking of her, really!

    Snagel
    You are such the caring and romantic hubby Snagel!

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    Friend of mine swears by zinc.

    It's only impossible.

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    thanks for all the replies, yes I have suggested the warm climate but we already go several times a year. She has tried applying everything prior to cold water diving, including carmex, which works great at healing them. I will tell her about the OTC and zinc suggestion.

    Thanks again

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    I get mine when I get a sunburn or chapped lips. My doc gave me a Rx for valtrex with refills for two years. When I feel one starting, 2 tablets twice a day for two days. Havn't had a sore for seven years.
    Besides its kind of fun to watch people when you tell them your filling your herpes script.
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    My wife and I both use Releev. It is a little pricey at $18 for a little bottle. Whenever your lip starts to itch just put a very small amount on. It usually stops the breakout but if you don't catch it soon enough it usually minimizes it.

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    I used to work with a gal that suffered with this. When she had a breakout, she would suck on a match, when it got soaked, she would hold the match-head on the cold sore. They dried up quickly. She said it was the sulfur. I'm not sayin to try this hillbilly recipe, just found it interesting. Don't know if there may be a sulfur-based FDA approved product available to try. I've never had a cold sore, so, dunno
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