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A 38-year-old member asked:

what would you do to get rid of a cold sore in a day?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Not that fast!: Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). 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. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your dermatologist can also provide laser treatments.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Not in a day.: Your physician can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat cold sores. 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.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

How can I get rid of my cold sore within a day?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Know of no way: 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. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What would you do to get rid of a cold sore in 1 day?

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Dr. Kayvon Javid
Dentistry 20 years experience
Not possible: A sore or blister will typically take a few days or a week to resolve. There are ways to alleviate the pain or speed up the process but it would be impossible to take it away in one day. There are prescription medications that can help. Laser therapy might also speed up the process and decrease the duration. See your dentist or your md for proper treatment.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Does it happen that people get rid of a cold sore in three days?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sometimes as fast as: 3 to 4 days. Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). 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 regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at onset, can also hasten healing. Your dermatologist can also provide laser treatment.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for me to get rid of a cold sore in a day and half?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Doubtful (lazer is : Fast though). Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. Your dermatologist can provide laser treatments.
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A 17-year-old female asked:

I accidently scratched my cold sore open, not remembering that it was there. It has now become a scab. How can I get rid of it within 1 day?

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Dr. Patrick Mckenna
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No magic solution: Ulcerated sores like this simply take time to heal. Avoid picking at the scab to allow it to heal most efficiently and with minimal scarring.

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