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Misty May-Treanor Opens Up About Embarrassing Cold Sores
The three-time Olympic gold medalist has proven herself queen of the beach volleyball court. Now, she's taking on a new battle against dreaded cold sores.
By Sharon Tanenbaum
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Little could spoil the moment Misty May-Treanor won her third Olympic gold medal in London in 2012. However a small cold sore on the right side of her mouth nearly did.
“In the Olympics, I had a nasty one that showed up, and it’s tough,” she tells Daily Glow. “So while you’re battling your opponents, you’re worrying, ‘How am I looking in the public eye right now? I don’t feel very beautiful.’”
Stress was to blame for May-Treanor’s cold sore, a blister that forms around the mouth and can be caused by the HSV-1 virus. While everyone’s triggers are different, the beach volleyball star wants to help others avoid the embarrassment of cold sores and has joined forces with Abreva, an over-the-counter and FDA-approved medication.
While she didn’t have her Abreva on hand during the Olympics, the surprise cold sore breakout didn’t dampen her history-making day. She says, “I’ll take the gold medal and the cold sore over just looking beautiful.”
Watch the video above for more about May-Treanor’s battle with cold sores and her Olympic experience.
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