I'm currently on vacation with my family, and on Sunday, I went out without sunblock and got a mild sunburn. I wasn't out long, and my shoulders are only slightly pinked from it. My face suffered no visible damage that I'm aware of...except that now I have a cold sore.
It seems like every time I try to go out and soak up some Vitamin D, my lip erupts into blisters.
Am I doomed to get my Vit D in pill form forever more? How can I reap the benefits of sunshine without suffering from an outbreak? And lastly, is there anything I can do to help myself heal faster from it?
I am aware of another thread that discusses cold sores, but I did not see any advice on how to adapt, maybe, to sun exposure? Is that feasible? Additionally, Vit D supplements do not cause cold sores on me. It's the actual sunshine that triggers them. (Though, admittedly, I've been under great duress whilst planning this trip and sleeping and eating poorly, and I imagine the sunburn was simply the final straw for my poor body.)
I did notice that this is the smallest cold sore I've ever had (last one I had was last year, after a particularly nasty sunburn, and I was a vegetarian back then), with only a couple small blisters that aren't even visible unless I specifically point them out. I also immediately attacked it with coconut oil, as it was all I had in the car with me when I noticed the onset of tingling. I wonder if Paleo -- or even the coconut oil? -- is making me more resistant to more severe outbreaks?
Thank you! :)
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on July 27, 2011
at 04:12 AM
Take lysine, and minimize arginine. Lysine and arginine are counter-balancing.
Wikipedia claims this is unproven, but I'm not sure how in light of the above.
Anyway, anecdotally, I now take lysine, and haven't had a cold sore in years, but I've gotten sunburned. The frequency of outbreaks for me already went way down after going carnivore, though, so it might be early to tell if the lysine is helping. On the other hand, as far as I can tell, animal foods all seem to be both high in lysine in absolute terms, and higher in lysine than arginine, so maybe that's part of the mechanism in carnivory, too.
on July 26, 2011
at 06:24 PM
1) do not get a mild sunburn. Just don't do it. Go out to the point that you can be sure a burn will not occur. If that's one minute per day, then so be it.
2) topical ascorbic acid is a very effective tx for herpes blisters. It may also prevent them. As sun exposure rapidly depletes antioxidant levels in skin, and since yours erupt following sun exposure, it would make sense to apply an effective ascorbic acid serum every am. (bonus: it's also one of the evidence based tx for photodamage and prevention of photodamage along with retinoids and highly protective, properly applied sunscreen)
3) topical vitamin D might also help if you feel that tingling sensation of an impending eruption.
4) sufficient zinc, selenium, A also play important roles in immune function in general and in viral immunity specifically.
I think I've written elsewhere about this here so maybe a search would bring something? Sorry this is so short (but it was a nice break from the work at hand), our uncle and aunt just died in a plane crash:/
on July 27, 2011
at 03:14 AM
I have suffered with hsv-1 (cold sores) all of my life (I'm 57). As a kid, when skiing or boating, my parents made me wear white zinc oxide on my nose and lips -- aagghh! Hated that! In recent years, in addition to wearing a hat as often as possible, I used a #15 sunscreen chapstick on my lips. I just discovered that "Badger" makes a sunscreen with zinc oxide that disappears when you rub it in - fantastic! I've used it several times this summer. Unfortunately, I've only needed it several times this summer because we're having Endless Winter here in the Pacific Northwest!
I have a RX for my cold sores if and when they do occur: Zovirax (acyclovir) (whatever). I don't mess around with cold sores. As soon as I feel that itchy kinda tingle, I apply the Rx. And I NEVER go outside without protecting my lips from the sun -- even on a cloudy day. (I am a fair-skinned redhead).
If you're on vacation, I recommend buying a tube of #15 or #30 chapstick (I use Blistex) and apply it liberally and often to lips and surrounding areas -- it's clear and won't show. No sense suffering when you're supposed to be having fun!
on July 26, 2011
at 08:23 PM
Definitely coldsores? Have you heard of polymorphous light eruption? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polymorphous_light_eruption
On my first few exposures to warm sun (spring/summer in the UK) I get polymorphouse light eruption. It goes away after being exposed more frequently.
Think is with PMLE, is that it's different in different people...
on July 27, 2011
at 01:26 AM
1) How much Vitamin D3 are you currently taking? 2) What kind of healthy fats are you eating? Or are you avoiding all fats?
on May 29, 2014
at 04:38 PM
Sun exposure seems to activate the herpes virus, or at least weaken your body so that the exposed area may be more exposed for it to erupt. Would sunscreen on your face help in this case?