Hello! I suffer from cold sores and have since I was about 10. I'm 25 now and they're more frequent than ever before, specifically within the last couple of months. I generally only get them in the winter and rarely in the summer. I had also always gotten it in the same spot but recently, I've been getting them on other places on my lip/under my nose. I just woke up with a new one today and I had just healed from one that I had gotten a week before Christmas. They've been happening closer and closer together and I'm incredibly frustrated, as well as worried. I used to only get a couple in the winter months but so far, I'd say I've had about seven since October.

I will say that I've been incredibly stressed and depressed so I'm not sure if that's a part of it. Up until the past week, I was working six days (35 - 50 hours a week, depending) with a very erratic sleep schedule. Because of that, I hadn't been eating as well as I usually try to, nor did I really have time to exercise. I was outside hiking/walking almost every day during the summer and felt wonderful. I don't get out nearly as much as I want to in the winter.

I'm in a serious relationship right now, and I can tell it also frustrates him to an extent. I started taking Lysine tablets after I read that people got them less frequently - it's only been a week and I already have another one. I just made an appointment with my doctor but I was wondering if this has happened to anyone else/ if anyone has any ideas as to why they keep happening so frequently?
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replied October 27th, 2017
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. TO reduce recurrence and treat outbreaks, antivirals are recommended and should be used.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
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