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AB
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Gah. Cold sores suck. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to get rid of them as fast as possible? Currently, I'm just taking a lot of lysine and vitamin C (I heard somewhere vitamin c is good for cold sores?)
Also, If I have a cold sore, and I kiss someone who doesn't have the herpes simplex whatever virus, will they contract it from me? If so, can they only contract it while I have a cold sore, and not when I'm not having any flare ups?

(these are cold sores around my mouth, by the way, not genital herpes)

Thanks in advance!

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Heather
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Yes, if someone has contact with one of your sores (or with something else that has had contact with your sores), they can get Herpes from you. They are also at just as much risk right before you get a sore. Both those times present high risks.

A risk is still possibly present when you have no sores at all, but is understood to be much smaller.

Have you spoken with your doctor about this, or considered using suppressive medications for herpes?

By all means, doing what you can to pump up your immune system should help them go buh-bye faster, and lysine has been shown to help. But if you find you're having outbreaks frequently, it's something you probably want to discuss with your healthcare provider.

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I haven't had an outbreak in a while, actually, I've just been eating a lot more chocolate and peanut butter lately and that usually does me in.
I think I'm gonna avoid grains for a few days, and eat immune system building foods.. What kinds of foods help? (I'm vegan, and that kind of lessens the options..)
Thanks for the response!

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Greetings fellow vegan. [Smile]

In terms of lysine, nuts do pretty well by that, and seeds (like sesame and pumpkin) are really awesome in that department. Sea vegetables, too, have recently been studied for how they can help with herpes symptoms (in both eating them and placing them on sores themselves). Since all of those things are good for you regardless -- and if you're vegan, are probably already parts of your diet -- it sure can't hurt to try! I'd also be sure you're getting enough zinc, which is a huge immune system booster, and can sometimes be tough to get enough of in a vegan diet (but greens and seeds are good for that, too).

But ultimately, I'd talk to a doctor or nutritionist for more info.

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Thanks for the info! It was really helpful.
Last question, I swear.. Soy. Is it bad for cold sores? Good? Should I be staying away from tofu?

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My impression is that it's neutral, but it's another thing I'd double-check with a nutritionist.

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