Thanks for the tips everyone
I too suffer from this dreaded virus, cancelled a shoot today as my whole chin is covered and my head is throbbing with fever!
I use lysine cream (from Holland and Barrett) only £3.50, and Lysine tablets also from same shop.
I didn't know about the patches, but doubt they would cover mine, as they are massive and I don't feel good either!
My aren't always on the same places either.
my boyfriend suffers from them often when his stressed. If you want a natural product to try he uses 'MOA' the green balm. 100% natural ingredients. a small pot will last you ages
'Natural" has no real meaning in this context. It's a 'rip-off' and one that is marketed a women. It is either effective or it is not. Aciclovir based medicines have scientific rigour behind them. Other stuff does not seem to. Its that simple. Spend your money wisely. In any case Aciclovir was first isolted from the common sponge. Natural enough?
One of the best things I have ever used is the Virulite machine, it's a small device with led's that emit wavelengths which greatly increase the body's natural defences against the cold sores, if used at first 'tingle' often stops them forming at all, but reduces severity if they have already started. I occasionally suffer slight Rosacea near the sides of the nose and it works on this as well.