I now have what I fondly refer to as my "Christmas Blister". I hate having to admit that - they're awful, ugly things, that are right out there in the open for everyone to admire, and of course, I get mine at the busiest social season of the year. My body "tries" to get one every year at this time, due to the stress I put myself under to fulfill everyone's dream of the "Perfect Christmas". I know, I know - that's a fantasy, and I should let it go, but I have just enough Martha Stewart in me to believe that, "Yes, Virginia, it can be done." One of my daughters is as compulsive as I am in this regard, and I believe we have coined a new word to describe some of our efforts as being "Marthesque".
Anyway, the blister. A number of years ago, I developed one at Christmas, and a friend said, "You know, I have a "cure" for those." Right...heard that one before. Just type 'Cold Sore Cure' into Google, and see what comes up. Anyway, she gave me a recipe card with 3 'ingredients' on it, and some simple instructions:
500 mg. Chewable Vitamin C - every two hours
Acidophilus - (pill form of the active probiotic culture in Yogurt that attacks "bad" bacteria) 10 mg. 3 times a day: wake-up, mid-afternoon, bedtime
1000 mg. L-Lysine (an amino acid) twice a day, 12 hours apart - morning & night
I have a blister this year only because I awoke at 3:30 AM on Christmas morning with abdominal flu, and all its trappings. Had to postpone Christmas until January 2nd. I have found through the years that the only time this formula doesn't work is: a - if you're having your monthly period, or b - if your immune system has been compromised by a recent illness (the flu, in my case).
I am not a medical doctor, but I gotta tell you, this stuff works. Start the regimen at that first little tingle that those of us who are sufferers of these things are all too familiar with, or as soon thereafter as possible, and continue until all signs of a possible blister are gone. If an actual blister erupts, scrap the treatment; it won't work once the blister actually surfaces.
I share this information in hope that someone will benefit from it. As always, ask your doctor before taking any supplements. If anyone copies this information down, please copy my blog address along with it, and come back and let me know if you've had success with it.
Talk to your doctor before taking lactobacillus acidophilus if you have any other medical conditions, allergies, or if you take other medicines or herbal/health supplements. Under certain conditions, it may be dangerous for you to take lactobacillus acidophilus.
Do not take lactobacillus acidophilus without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or may become pregnant during treatment. Do not take lactobacillus acidophilus without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without the advice of a doctor.