Iâm a 25 year old female and get cold sores around my mouth about once a month to once every two months and shingles on my nose!!!
I did get flu related shingles on my forehead once and the doctor said that if I had waited a day longer I could have lost my eye.
I am depressed and on wellbutrin xl and effexor sr but I actually got them more when I was off the meds.
I heard somewhere that if you take elderberry extract (internally) it helps, recently tried camphor spiritâs (externally), and I also take l-lysine. They do seem to have a positive impactâ¦ I have also gotten âsamplesâ of famvir/valtrex from my doctor but he doesnât have anymore so now I am just suffering! Abreva is good but too expensive for me to afford.
Does anyone know why I continue to get these damn outbreaks??
My research seems to indicate that I shouldnât be experiencing outbreaks this frequently until I am over fifty!!!
Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus I and this virus remains in the body. Outbreaks may be triggered by an of a number of things: fever, cold, sun or wind exposure, period, depressed immune system etc.
Same deal for shingles, once the virus is in the body it doesn't go away. This probably the dangerous of the two. It's painful, may be the cause or one of the causes of your depression and more importantly if you have shingles near your eyes it can cause blindness. Shingles is brought on with all the above in addition to emotional stress. Get to the doc and research supplements to improve your immune system. :)
I read on some website or another that if you apply spirit of camphor it will speed the healing and they were right on the mark!
Within about 30 hours after applying it with cotton right to the blisters they started to shrink and within 48 hours they were just a plain, ordinary, wound that has been healing like any other cut or wound you could get!
It hurts like hell when you apply it but having to choose between a few moments of pain and two weeks + of icky, serum oozing, wounds I choose the momentary discomfort!
It isn't a "cure" and it didn't stop them from showing up in the first place but it healed it in under a week! Now the area is just red from the healing process!
I hope this helps someone else that is in the same need as i!