I have been vegan for almost five months now and have never in my life had a cold sore. But for the past six weeks, I have had recurring outbreaks on my lip and what's worse is that my eyes are now affected too (I guess the virus can "walk" down the nerve to the mouth or the eye).
Based on the nutrition info I've read, my vegan diet is very high in arginine and low in lysine (the opposite of what is recommended to control the virus). I know I can take supplements, but how much and for how long? Lysine is known to raise cholesterol levels (no wonder it's so widely found in animal produts!).
Does anyone have any experience with this?