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cold sores that won t heal

A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Glynis Ablon
29 years experience Dermatology
First question is: are these cold sores (due to the herpes virus) or aphthous ulcers. I would see a derm or ENT to get a correct diagnosis which also would give the corr ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Cold sores: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by hal ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dale Rottman
44 years experience Dentistry
Viral infection: Cold sores are caused by a herpes virus and just need to run their course which is generally about 14 days. They are usually most painful in the firs ... Read More
Dr. Victor Zeines
51 years experience Dentistry
No: The prescription for nutritional healing by j. Balch md and the herb book by john lust use combinations of astragalus, yellow dock, red sage, myrrh, e ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Cold sore: Cold sores usually resolve in seven to ten days when no intervention is used.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Faster - not fast: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. May reduce healing time to 5 days ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
32 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Acyclovir in cream or oral tab can help.Vitamin c and lysine wotks too!
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Not really: Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healin ... Read More
A 13-year-old male asked:
Dr. Glynis Ablon
29 years experience Dermatology
Get in to doctor: for prescription oral antivirals to take daily to suppress outbreaks!
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Dr. Laura McMullen
21 years experience Pediatrics
Do : Do not pop them! they heal faster and are less likely to get super-infected with a bacteria if left alone. Cold sores or fever blisters are caused b ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
40 years experience Holistic Medicine
Many causes/triggers: There is no single cause of canker sores but they are often triggered by particular foods like citrus, tomatoes & gluten. Some are caused by sodium la ... Read More
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