That is frequent.
I might've gotten three in one year on my worst year.
But mine were really, seriously bad; they could be an inch in diameter, with a dozen separate blisters. They were beginning to scar my face up; I've got a small pockmark-looking area on the left corner of my mouth, which is where I always got them. Never had one anywhere else.
Yeah, I don't recall Zovirax working all that well. It did give me some peace of mind, though, which might've reduced my stress and that in turn might've reduced the number of outbreaks I was having.For me, Zovirax doesn't seem to work. I used the cream but now I take a pill form. Abreva work really well though, compared to Zovirax.
Abreva seems to work well. When I had this latest outbreak a couple of years ago, I used it, and it stopped the cold sore from spreading too terribly much. I'm not sure if it healed up any faster, but it did stop it from getting so big.
I'm not sure how old you are, but eventually, it's very likely you'll have long periods of dormancy between outbreaks.
I don't think it's common for people to go through life having the frequency of outbreaks you're experiencing.
Maybe you should try some vitamin supplements, if you don't already take them. A strong immune system will help ward off outbreaks for longer periods of time.