Re: Any advise for cold sores?

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Posted by Patrick J. McKenna on July 19, 2002 at 18:12:21:

In Reply to: Re: Any advise for cold sores? posted by james on July 18, 2002 at 18:17:15:

: : I seem to find hobbies that dont compliment my body.
: : I'm a craftsman with bad eyesight, a bowler with short fingers, and now I'm working on the harp. I'll get on roll practicing. I'll go thru maybe a dozen riffs and 7 or 8 songs maybe 4 to 5 times each, but if I do this 4 times a week it's a cold sore for sure. (Another good reason not to play anyone elses harp). I'm at a point where I really enjoy and want to practice. I've sat in with guitar playing friend and had some fun. I need to learn and be able to practice more. Anybody else go thru this? What helps, hurts?

: :Refrain from eating chocolate. Also strengthen
: your immune system. Mushrooms are suppose to be
: good for your lips. Try using balm.

Hey James...
Sounds like a problem that you can almost joke about...until it happens to you.
At the age of 47, I'm now having problems with chapped lips! (No jokes...I do NOT have herpes!) I've been using ChapStick which gives me some relief. I'm also using antibiotic first aid ointment, which I think works better. I'm still not cured! I understand that Blistix is good stuff. As for the mushroom treatment, I'm gonna try it!
In addition to the chapped lips, I'm now having problems with a reoccuring blister on my right middle finger. This is a problem that I haven't experienced in over 25 years. As a bassist, this can be a problem. It's probably a symptom that I need to get back into a practice routine.
By day, I'm a Security Guard Officer, with eyesight that isn't as good as it used to be.
If life begins in the 40's, I hope it gets better in the 50's!
My advice? Keep a sense of humor, use a harmonica with a plastic comb (a wooden comb can cause some considerable discomfort), practice and check out this site regularly.
Wishing you success in your endeavors.

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