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A 24-year-old female asked:

my lips are dry and cracking i can't seem to use chap stick lip gloss or even vasoline because ill get a cold sore every time. anything else i can try?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Dermatologist: True "cold sores" are caused by a virus. I would suggest that you consult with a dermatologist who can go over your complete medical history, medications (if you are taking any), habits, and what you have been using on your lips and its effects. A specialist who can actually examine you and has more information would be the best provider to help resolve your issue.
Dr. Michael Farr
Specializes in Dentistry
Try this...: Take a topical antiviral ointment like zovirax , denavir, (penciclovir) or viractin and use it in combination with a lip balm or petroleum coating. You could even use abreva. These ointments have petroleum bases which will help lubricate your cracked lips and provide antiviral protection. Make sure you discuss with your dentist why you keep getting cold sores when applying these agents.

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