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i would like help with my fever blisters (cold sores)?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Cold sores: Your physician can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat cold sores. Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1,000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing.
Dr. Ratna Dhingra
Pediatrics 44 years experience
Zovirax (acyclovir): cold sores are caused by herpes virus.they can be treated with oral anti-viral medications available by prescription from your doctor

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Might holding a warm tea bag on fever blisters/cold sores actually help to heal them?

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Dr. Scott Terry
Dentistry 29 years experience
Cold sores are Viral: I do not know of any value to doing this remedy. It is important to understand the nature of a cold sore or fever blister. These disorders are caused by the herpes virus. The virus can be very easily spread to other parts of your body or to other people through direct contact. I would recommend not putting a warm tea bad on the sore. The risk of spreading the virus is high. Talk to your dentist.
Abingdon, VA
A 39-year-old female asked:

Can cold sores/ fever blisters have different looks?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
A fever blister: is another name for a cold sore.

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