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A 38-year-old member asked:

i have a small red bump on my upper lip. any easy way to get rid of cold sores?

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Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
Cosmetic Dentistry 50 years experience
Comfortable: Stop playing with it or it will get bigger. Do anything that makes you comfortable. It takes about 2 weeks to go away no matter what you seem to do. However check with your pharmacy for a few items that may make you more comfortable - remember that they generally do not shorten the 2 week time.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
2 questions: "Small, red bump" could be several different things. You did not favor us with enough information except to say that a dermatologist will help you. "An easy way to get rid of cold sores" involves understanding herpes virus. Best remedy is to take 2 Grams [2 pills] of valacyclovir at prodrome, when you first perceive the initial tingling of a new sore. This will abort the attack or greatly reduce i

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A 23-year-old female asked:

I have 4 huge cold sores on my lip and need to get rid of them asap! help?

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Dr. Arthur Balin
Dermatology 47 years experience
Herpes simplex: See your doctor for a prescription for medication to treat the fever blisters. There are pills and cream that can help the lesions to heal faster and if needed to prevent them from recurring frequently.
A 43-year-old member asked:

I am getting cold sores on my lips on the corners and when i open my mouth it hurts! how do I get rid of the cold sores?

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Dr. Richard Davidson
Periodontics 51 years experience
Use lysine: Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus. A supplement called lysine suppresses herpes outbreaks in most people. Also, avoid whole wheat bread, nuts, arginine, etc. Do not take lysine if you have phenylketonuria. There are also prescription anti-virals that you can get from your dds.

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