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A 46-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 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.
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Dr. Ratna Dhingra
Pediatrics 45 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 46-year-old member asked:

Do you know are cold sores/fever blisters same as herpes?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: Cold sore or fever blisters are caused by the herpes simplex virus.
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A 66-year-old female asked:

Need help with fever blisters?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arlo Miller
Dermatology 16 years experience
Cold Sores: Cold sores can be treated with oral antiviral medications. These are cheap and usually quite safe. They can significantly shorten the duration of the cold sore outbreak. If you have frequent outbreaks, these medicines can be taken daily to suppress the outbreaks.
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A 49-year-old member asked:

Can you get fever blisters or cold sores in your arm pit ?

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Dr. Olayinka Adedayo
37 years experience
Yes: Yes you can though rare.It depends on the site of the initial herpes infection.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have fever blister, please help me?

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 58 years experience
Nothing: It will heal in a week or 2. Prescription acyclovir or valacyclovir pills are effective if given at once. After a few hours it does not matter what you do. OTC and prescription creams are not worth the money. Some people have them several times a year so they learn to carry this med to take at very first start of next attack. Then it is usually very effective. I like Valacyclovir 1 Gram tabs to ta
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A 47-year-old member asked:

How can I most quickly get rid of fever blisters/ cold sores?

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Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 33 years experience
Best RX is TIME: The lesion undergoes a series of changes and heals over 14-21 days--after which the virus goes dormant. Anti-viral drugs based on Acyclovir are available by prescription and can be taken as a preventive med. Otc meds, like abreva, have variable success rates. If they occur frequently, you can take Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily as a preventive measure, but will need a prescription. There is no 'fast' way.
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