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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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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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8. So you can just forget about kissing.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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