U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 21-year-old member asked:

How can i cure my cold sores?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Doctor can treat: Cold sores on or near the lips are herpes virus infections, and resolve in most people in a week. Oral antiviral drugs, such as Acyclovir and several others, are effective in preventing outbreaks of cold sores, decreasing the severity of sores, and shortening the healing time of sores. Topical lip balms with anti-viral abilities can help, but not as much as the oral medications do.
Dr. Jennifer Holtzman
Dentistry 39 years experience
See a dentist: Treatment of sores in the mouth can vary dramatically depending on the cause of the sore. So it's wise to see a dentist or physician to diagnose and suggest an appropriate treatment. Cold sores can be controlled, but not cured. Until you can see the dentist/physician, keep the area clean with warm water rinses. If eating/drinking is painful, try bland foods.
Dr. Robert Brodsky
Dentistry 58 years experience
Give it time: 5 to 10 days will do it.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Similar questions

A 36-year-old member asked:

How can you most effectively cure cold sores?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Lemon balm: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What is a good way to cure cold sores?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Lemon balm: 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 half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences.
A 45-year-old member asked:

How can I quickly cure cold sores quick?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Tips: 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. Your physician can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir).
A 48-year-old member asked:

How can I quickly cure cold sores on my lips?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Comfortable: Do anything that makes you comfortable. It takes about 2 weeks to go away no matter what you seem to do. However check with your pharmacy for a few items that may make you more comfortable - remember that they generally do not shorten the 2 week time.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How can I quickly cure cold sores over night?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 50 years experience
A volatile solvent: Many times a herpetic (cold sore) lesion can be aborted if caught in the 'premonition' phase (when you feel the burning sensation) by the topical application of a volatile solvent such as ether or chloroform. I should be applied topically with a q-tip and sparingly. Dab it with the solvent three or four times and repeat a few hours later. If the lesion has already appeared, it can't be stopped.

Related questions

A 39-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 36-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 30-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 37-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Oct 3, 2016

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.