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What is a good way to cure 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. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

How can you most effectively cure 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 is a good way to cure cold sores that have already scabbed?

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Dr. Joseph Ritz
Dentistry 46 years experience
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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How can I cure my cold sores?

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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.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is there any good way to get rid of cold sores?

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Dr. Michael Green
Dentistry 9 years experience
Zovirax (acyclovir) pills, cream: Zovirax (acyclovir) capsules and ointment used together at the same time!
A 32-year-old member asked:

Is there a good way to make swelling in cold sores go down?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Use ice: 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 oral valtrex (valacyclovir).

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