A 44-year-old member asked:
what is a good way to cure cold sores that have already scabbed?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Joseph Ritz answered
45 years experience Dentistry
You can't: Keep them moist with a lip balm/lubricant that is only for your personal use. If using your fingers to apply be sure to wash thoroughly and avoid finger/eye contact.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. Prabu Raman answered
37 years experience Dentistry
Antibiotic ointment: When cold sores are scabbed over, the cold sore - herpes - flare up is over. It is still contagious and so you need to be careful. To avoid bacterial infection of the wound and to keep the tissue moist you may apply antibiotic ointment.
Answered on Jan 15, 2016
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