A 46-year-old member asked:
how can you reduce the swelling from a cold sore?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Heidi Fowler answered
24 years experience Psychiatry
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).
Answered on May 25, 2013
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