I should try the Lysine when they flare up, my husband tells me to do that, but it just seems like another pill to my already big pile I take in the morning
Lysine will not get rid of the ones you currently have, but it should prevent future one. You must take it daily, forever. My father says that even while you are taking lysine, you may sense a sore starting. If you feel one coming on, increase the dose to 1,500 mg per day, 500 mg morning, noon, and night.
My father and my grandmother had problems with canker and cold sores for as long as they can remember. A dermatologist friend told my father about lysine more than 20 years ago. They have both been taking a daily supplement for over 20 years, and neither has a canker or cold sore since starting the lysine.
My father says he would have 3 cold sores per year and my grandmother had constant canker sores. I have never had a canker or cold sore, so I do not take lysine. One of my cousins was getting several cold sores per year. My father suggested lysine. I believe it is 7 or 8 years since she has had one.
As with all meds or supplements, the results will vary. If you decide to try it, I would give it at least 3 months before declaring it beneficial or not, and then you must take it daily forever.