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Best way to get rid of cold sores?

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See your dentist: If your dentist has a soft tissue laser, they can focus the laser at the cold sore (without touching it) and the laser will kill the virus thereby reducing the pain and longevity of the cold sore.

Answered 9/28/2016

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There are over-the-c: Cold sores, also called fever blisters, are caused by the same virus family as genital herpes, but are from a different strain. By adulthood, 30 to 90 percent of people carry the herpes simplex virus type 1 infection. There are over-the-counter and prescription medications for cold sores as well as nutritional approaches and home remedies. Ask your doctor for a prescription for an antiviral

Answered 10/4/2016

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Valacyclovir: If it is a herpes lesion, it initially will feel like an itching or burning sensation. The lesion will appear like a cluster of grapes. If you start taking the valacyclovir right away the sore will go away within a couple of days. If not the blisters will break, the skin will crust over and after a week to ten days it will heal.

Answered 4/17/2013

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