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Old 05-04-2007, 01:58 PM   #1
 
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For a little over a month now I have been battling little fever blisters on the inside of my lower lip. They are like little watery bumps, just clear liquid. I get rid of one and another pops up almost immediately. I pointed them out to the dentist the last time I was in (a few weeks ago) and he said it was nothing to be worried about and to just use something over the counter. He did say they have a prescription formula but it is super expensive and the over the counter should be ok. So I've been using Oragel at night. It says you can use 4 times a day but it makes my lips and tongue go numb so that is kind of hard to do and mostly the bumps don't hurt except for twice now I have had one move to my top lip and those do hurt. Not sure why the difference. I can't figure out how to get rid of these stupid things. Anyone have suggestions of what I can do? Should I go see my regular doctor? I am so aggravated with these stupid things.
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Old 05-04-2007, 02:02 PM   #2
 
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No experience here, but I thought Orajel was just for pain, too make the area numb? Not sure that it'll do anything to make them go away, just make you more comfortable. Maybe look for something that will help heal them and prevent new ones?
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I believe Glyoxide will promote healing. It is sold OTC but you have to ask for it. I have usually found it hidden behind the counter.
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Old 05-04-2007, 02:11 PM   #4
 
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There are several versions of Oragel. This one is designed for cold sores/fever blisters and is supposed to help clear them up I think. But of course when I went to look it up just now to see what it says, it does say pain relief. Nothing about treating them. I thought it said it would treat them on the one I bought. I will have to look at the actual tube again tonight. Maybe that's why I can't get them to go away. Duh!

Anyone have any ideas on what I could use?

ETA: I just looked up Glyoxide. That looks promising. Do I just ask the pharmacist?
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Rednaturalcurls: When i had braces years ago i tended to get canker sores on the inside of my lip at times where the teeth move and the braces rubbed alot..my mom gets this stuff thats at the grocery store in the ingrediants section when she had them as a kid . its called Alum , its a white powder , what u do its take a lil bit and put it directly on the sore , let it sit as long as u can . it will be really sour! . but after a few mins rinse out your mouth with water , do it a few times , and they will shrink almost instantly on the spot! use it again at night and i bet they will be smaller yet , been usin this for years with no ill effects. i always keep 1 in my medicine cabinet and its been a life saver. my moms friend had such a BIG HUGE canker sore for 2 weeks that the poor thing went to the DR and none of his meds worked plus anything she ate totally made it bad for her, my mom told her to get Alum and she did , the next day she was so happy cuz it shrank so much and thanked my mom.. try it , it just might work. HTH!
Edit: I wear retainers at night to keep my teeth straight now and i have sometimes woken up with those lil blisters that look clear like u mentioned , they be realy small but would bug me , i think its my retainers moving at night in my sleep. anyways i just use the Alum and they would be gone in one application pretty much. im glad its those and not the canker sores, altho mine were tiny ( canker sores ) but my brother had huge ones when he had braces.
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Old 05-04-2007, 05:13 PM   #6
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L-Lysine is all you need. Take them 2x a day. I used to get cold sores often so I feel your pain. I started taking this supplement a few years ago. I don't take them regularly now but I don't remember the last time I had a fever blister. I used to get them once a month then I started taking l-lysine and I don't know how often but I can count on one hand now how many times a year I get them since I started taking it. Trust me it works. Oh and dab a little tea tree oil on it too every 2 hours, gets rid of them faster.
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I knew about the L-Lysine supplement but I worry about taking any kind of supplement because I have prescription medicines I have to take every day for allergies and cholesterol and what not. I am due to see my doctor soon for my cholesterol checkup so I will ask her about it. For now I want to stick to topical treatments.
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my little girls get those bumps, small filled with clear liquid all the time. I took them to the dr. and he said it was some kind of virus. If you get anymore information post it please because this has been going on for a while and its a bit annoying
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my little girls get those bumps, small filled with clear liquid all the time. I took them to the dr. and he said it was some kind of virus. If you get anymore information post it please because this has been going on for a while and its a bit annoying
Fever blisters/cold sores are caused by the herpes virus

http://www.valtrex.com/coldsores/whatis_coldsore.html

A cold sore, sometimes called a “fever blister,” is a blister or sore which usually appears on the outside of the lips or mouth. It is different from a canker sore, which appears inside the mouth. Cold sores may appear just once in a person’s life, or return again and again. Before you actually get a cold sore, you may feel a tingling, itching, or burning sensation beneath the surface of the skin, usually around the mouth or base of the nose. This is the first sign of a cold sore, called the prodrome stage.

Cold sores are extremely common – it is estimated that, in the United States,
80%-90% of the population has been infected by the cold sore virus by the time they are 50 years old. Only about 30% of those infected with the virus actually ever get a cold sore.

Cold sores are caused by a virus and are considered a medical condition. Cold sores are usually caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). This virus is part of the same family that causes chickenpox, shingles (herpes zoster), and genital herpes (HSV-2).

Cold sores can be different for each person, but, in general, an outbreak lasts about 7 to 10 days and occurs 3 or 4 times a year. Although experts still don’t know all of the ways a cold sore can be triggered, some of the things that can cause a cold sore include:
Stress, tiredness, or being “run-down”
A cold, fever, or the flu
Exposure to the sun
Hormonal changes, such as from menstruation or pregnancy
Trauma, such as shaving, cuts, dental work, facial/cosmetic surgery


Canker sore

http://familydoctor.org/online/famdo...icles/613.html

Canker sores are shallow, painful sores in your mouth. They are usually red or may sometimes have a white coating over them. You might get them on the inside of your lips, the insides of your cheeks, the base of your gums or under your tongue. Canker sores are different from fever blisters, which usually are on the outside of your lips or the corners of your mouth.

Anyone can get canker sores, but women people in their teens and 20s get them more often. Canker sores may run in families, but they aren't contagious. Doctors don't know what causes canker sores, but they may be triggered by stress, poor nutrition, food allergies and menstrual periods
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they arent cold sores or cancer sores. Its something else that sounds really similar or the same as what the op posted. I cant remember what the dr called it, but I dont remember it being herpes. I could be wrong. I cant remember what happened yesterday
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The dentist told me they were fever blisters, not canker sores because they are clear liquid and canker sores are typically white. Usually fever blisters don't occur like that inside the mouth (usually outside) but it can happen. I do know that years ago I had a really bad cold and as part of that these stupid sores appeared all over my lips, on my tongue and in my throat. The doctor did tell me that sadly, once it is in your body you will never get rid of them. They will reoccur from time to time. While I have never again had a break out that extreme, this is just really annoying. I usually get one on my lip every once in a great while but these are just inside my lower lip and aggravating me no end. They don't really hurt, they're just there. Except for twice now it has popped up on my upper lip and that does hurt. Maybe because that area is more exposed than inside the lip. I don't know.

I think I will make an appointment to see my regular doctor just in case.
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It could be this or a mild case of it: gingivostomatitis.

I know it says it happens to toddlers but I had an outbreak of this when I was 10. I ended up in the hospital due to dehydration. Unfortunately ever since that time I do get cold sores a few times a year. My father had an outbreak of it when he was in his 50's and has not had another cold sore since.

When you said that you had a bad outbreak after a cold last year, that was probably your initial outbreak. Now you may or may not get more coldsores occasionally according to the article.

Having had them for 16 years now, I agree with someone above who suggested L-Lysine. I always forget to take it everyday so I usually take a few a day when having an outbreak. It doesn't usually prevent the outbreak but it makes it less severe and shortens the time of it. I would check with your doc to see if it's okay for you to take like you said; it would probably help alot.

They also have an L-Lysine cream in a tube that you can apply (tastes gross, be warned!) and there are other things like Novirax or Abreva that you can buy for cold sores OTC.

I thought glyoxide was more for things inside the mouth like canker sores but I could be wrong.
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You can take Valtrex for cold sores. It won't really treat the ones you have unless you catch it at the tingling stage, but it will prevent more from forming. Call your doctor.

If they are canker sores, Rembrandt makes a toothpaste for canker sores. My friend swears by it.
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Maybe I am wrong, but I thought Valtrex was for genital herpes, not cold sores. At least that's what I always see on the commercials. I do know genital herpes are caused by a different type of herpes virus. Similar but not the same type that causes cold sores. I am going to call my doctor tomorrow to get an appointment to get it checked out just in case there is something else going on and this is just a symptom of it. It's wierd though because I don't feel bad, not run down or anything. I just can't get these stupid things to go away.
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Try adding 1000 mg of L-Lysine daily to your regimen. DD and I both get cold sores and this practically eliminates the problem. I give her a powdered form in her morning milk since she's only 3. I don't know if it will help fever blisters but its worth a try since its very cheap. You can get them at any grocery store.
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Maybe I am wrong, but I thought Valtrex was for genital herpes, not cold sores. At least that's what I always see on the commercials. I do know genital herpes are caused by a different type of herpes virus. Similar but not the same type that causes cold sores. I am going to call my doctor tomorrow to get an appointment to get it checked out just in case there is something else going on and this is just a symptom of it. It's wierd though because I don't feel bad, not run down or anything. I just can't get these stupid things to go away.
Genital herpes can be caused by either HSV I OR HSV II virus, they are interchangeable. The difference is the frequency and severity of outbreaks. HSV I has typically less severe less frequent outbreaks and is USUALLY considered oral, however as I stated above are quite interchangeable. Valtrex and Acyclovir are used for both types.
You may want to try using a mouth rinse of diluted tincture of Melissa. You can find it in your local healthfood store. It is a strong antiviral and you can swish with it daily. It helps reduce the severity and duration of outbreaks. Or you can dab a q-tip into it and hold the tip to the blister for a few moments.
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