It's not even the pain that bothers me. So many people assume that if you have a cold sore that you have genitle herpes. This gives every conversation an awkward edge. Other than that, it's just gross to look at. I mistook mine for a rash last night and didn't apply abreva and ice until it was already at it's peak when I woke up, so it's huge. Im letting my facial hair grow out for the duration of this just to distract from it, but it makes little difference in the end. My girlfriend never had cold sores, so we cant have any physical contact for a while, and I cant steal food off her plate or drink all of her beverage when she leaves the room. So far I have been using abreva and ice. I read that the virus can't replicate at cold temperatures. I dont know if that's true or not, but at least it helps with the pain. For the first time, I popped the clusters so I could get the puss phase out of the way early on. It's too late to help this case, but I'm going to buy Lysine and do some reading on what the best Rx to get is, and keep the pills in my vanity, dopp kit, and glove box so I have easy access to them.