I just finished taking a nice hot shower and was drying off when that unmistakable feeling hit me like a ton of bricks. A sort of needle prick on the lip that not only physically alarms you but, mentally it's fatiguing. For those of you with Herpes Simplex you know what I'm talking about. It's a fricking Cold Sore! I get Cold Sores about three time a year and they are always in the exact same spot .. left front. However, this time, it's the entire upper lip. It starts out with hot spots and then turns into a liquidy, bubbling mass of fluid. Picture chunks of wet cauliflower stuck on your entire upper lip and you'll understand what I'm talking about. So I have Herpes! What the hell does that mean. Did I get it from kissing some young girl in high school or was it something I did in the back seat of a AMC Gremlin? Since you can't do anything about the past, I'm more concerned about the future. Recommendations have been many. Like rubbing Alum on your lip; Carmex; taking Lysine daily; Blistex Creme; extremely expensive prescriptions of Denavir or Valtrex and the list goes on and on. The worse part to Cold Sores is the recovery. It starts out very sensitive to the touch and ends up swelling to grape-size proportions, then scabs, then bleeds, then scabs and then bleeds again. Public appearances are a no .. no as are shaving, drinking hot fluids, washing your face or any type of kissing. If you are a Cold Sore portal I'd love to hear what remedies you have to share.