This is Dr. David
most likely your immune system is strong and clearing up the cold sores yourself without the need for zovirax.
getting more rest and getting in more vitamin C can help your immune system be stronger.
exercise can help your immune system be stronger as well.
painful cold sores around your mouth most likely are due to herpes type 1 virus.
Could it be a condition other than HSV-1 that I am mistaking for cold sores?
most likely not.
but cold sores are painful.
you say these just tingling?
my pain tolerance is high, very hard to judge by pain
any other indications I could use?
you can see a doctor and get blood testing to check for IgG and IgM antibodies against HSV1 virus in your body.
that will tell if you have herpes type 1 virus in your body.
thanks David, that should answer the question
you are welcome