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Would if be okay to pop a cold sore ?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Best to leave intact: 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).
Dr. Jeannine Weiss
Pediatric Dentistry 28 years experience
NO NEVER: You are dealing with a virus and could actually spread it and or make the lesion worse. Keep the area clean, and if concerned, see your primary care md for medication to assist in the healing of the virus.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

Would it be a problem to pop my cold sore ?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Best to leave intact: 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).
A 43-year-old member asked:

What should I put on a cold sore that is popped?

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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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3 things: The herpetic lesion lasts7-14 days no matter what. If it is unsightly you can get special little band aids to cover. You can use an rx antiviral creme to lessen time and severity. Lastly. Otc cremes can be used which are mostly palliative.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of a cold sore and does it weep after being popped ?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Cold sores: May extrude a yellow fluid after the blister breaks open. I am not sure what you mean by a spot.

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