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i keep getting cold sores on my lip

A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Ebner
18 years experience Dermatology
Chronic Carrier: If you keep getting cold sores (herpes simplex virus), you will likely benefit from daily suppressive therapy. This is usually done for a period of 6 ... Read More
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Dr. Dan Fisher
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Nature of disease: Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus and are recurrent by nature. They are not predictable and always frustrating. If they ocurr frequen ... Read More
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Dr. Aaron Smith
22 years experience Dentistry
It's viral . . . : Cold sores on the outside of the lip are usually viral and the virus lives in the nerve of the affected side. There are triggers that bring them abou ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
47 years experience Dermatology
Herpes simplex: See your doctor for a prescription for medication to treat the fever blisters. There are pills and cream that can help the lesions to heal faster and ... Read More
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Dr. John Van der Werff
39 years experience Dentistry
See doctor: You will need to see a physician or dentist for a prescription of an anti viral medication. The sooner it is treated the better.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Davidson
51 years experience Periodontics
Use lysine: Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus. A supplement called lysine suppresses herpes outbreaks in most people. Also, avoid whole wheat bread, nut ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Triggers: To prevent cold sores from occurring wash hands often. Maintain a healthful lifestyle (regular exercise, nutritious diet, adequate sleep, keeping stre ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Elaine Gantz-Weberman
39 years experience Dentistry
Topical tx or laser: Cold sores can be treated with a topical such as zovirax (acyclovir). There are also oral pills you can take to lessen the length of time the cold sor ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Time: Cold sores run their course in 7-10 days. You can shorten that with a few options. Lemon balm oil applied topically or tea tree oil 2-3 times a day ca ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
23 years experience Family Medicine
It can appear so..: Cold sores often appear with just slightly yellowish fluid (plasma-like) but larger ones can look like puss-filled lesion and unsightly. It is a react ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marvin Ott
20 years experience Emergency Medicine
Everyone is unique: I am sorry to hear that your cold sore outbreaks are especially bad. Some people just have worse outbreaks than others. If you have such severe outbre ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Mangoni
45 years experience Pediatrics
Cold sores: In general, I would normally tell a patient that chronic cold sores is common on some people
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jean Edderai
35 years experience Dentistry
Change acidity level: As you know canker sore as all fungal infections live and reproduce in an acid medium meaning a low ph. Before taking any antifungal medication, i wo ... Read More
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