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A 37-year-old member asked:

Home remedies to cure cold sores fast?

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Dr. TED FEDER
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 40 years experience
Lysine?: Cures are difficult. Palliative treatment (less pain while healing) include otc's like zylactin, herpecin. If cold sores are frequent and debilitating, your doctor can prescribe preventative medicines. Staying healthy helps cold sores heal faster. Some believe lysine helps.
Dr. Albert E. Klitzke
Dentistry 9 years experience
No fast cure: There are no "cures" for cold sores. However, some home remedies reported in medical literature to make them go away that you could try are: aloe vera gel, cornstarch paste and tea or mint leaves. See what works for you. I hope this helps.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

What are some common home remedies to treat cold sores?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No good home remedy: Over-the-counter abreva plus Hydrocortisone 1% cream may help. Some other o-t-c lip balms (may have menthol) help a little with the symptoms. Cold sores on the lips or near the lips, are usually caused by herpes virus. They start as a raised reddish area, then form a cluster of tiny blisters, which break open soon, leaving a sore (ulcer) to heal up over a week. Younger babies should see a doctor.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What would be appropriate home remedies to get rid of cold sores?

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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 44-year-old member asked:

What are some ny at home remedies to cold sores?

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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 46-year-old member asked:

Please tell me what are some home remedies to keep from breaking out in cold sores?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Antivirals are best: protection. Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in European studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1,000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are some home remedies for cold sores?

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Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 32 years experience
Only home RX is TIME: The only home remedy 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.

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