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25 Hassles Only People With Cold Sores Understand

If everyone could just stop looking at it, that'd be great.

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1. Basically, you're in pain. All the fucking time.

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2. And the sores are prominently displayed on the lips, for all to see.

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3. It's pretty much impossible to hide them.

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4. But that won't stop you from futilely trying, by any means necessary.

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5. There's ~magical~ medicine, but you pretty much have to use it at the EXACT MOMENT you feel a tingling sensation, or else it's not nearly as effective.

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There are both OTC (Abreva) and also prescription drugs (Valtrex) that can help reduce the length and severity of your outbreaks, and can also help reduce your odds of spreading it to others. Talk to your doctor about what might be best for you.

6. If you do use medicine, it's going to stand out even more. Great.

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7. No one wants to eat or drink after you. NO ONE.

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Because cold sores spread via saliva.

8. So you can just forget about kissing.

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9. People feel the need to remind you about it everywhere you go.

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10. And Won't. Stop. Staring.

11. Understandably, all of this makes you super self-conscious.

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12. And you've never wanted something to disappear so badly in all your life.

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13. You find yourself avoiding eye contact with people.

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14. And trying to make the rest of you look amazing as a means of distraction.

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15. One cold sore can quickly lead to another one.

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16. So now the healing will take twice as long! Fantastic.

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They can last anywhere from one to two weeks, on average.

17. Plus, it has to get worse to get better, so it ends up crusting over.

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18. Oh, and did I mention it's a form of herpes?

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It's actually known as herpes simplex 1, or HSV-1, which doesn't sound ominous whatsoever.

19. So there's gonna be that one jackass friend who tells everyone you have herpes.

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Genital herpes is known as herpes simplex 2, and both HSV-1 and HSV-2 come from the same virus. Technically you can get HSV-1 in the genital area via oral sex, but HSV-1 is more common near the mouth region.

20. And no one believes you when you say it's just a cold sore.

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21. When it finally heals, you're happy, but not that happy.

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22. Because you know that if you have the virus, you have it FOR LIFE.

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And unfortunately, there's no cure.

23. And it becomes a frustrating guessing game of "When will it flare up next?"

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A game you will always lose, tbh.

24. All of this stresses you out to no end, which ends up causing more cold sores in the process.

25. Basically, cold sores are a vicious cycle you've gotta deal with in a way that works for you.

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