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what is the home remedy for cold sores cure please give me step by step?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
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. Your physician can prescribe oral valtrex (valacyclovir). Laser treatments are also used to treat cold sores.

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What triggers cold sore breakouts?

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Various factors: Stress can sometimes do it. Sometimes they just happen.
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What are cold sores?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Herpes: Cold sores around the mouth are usually herpes simplex type 1. They can also occasionally be type 2. The sores or ulcers are reactions to the virus replicating in a nerve cell and manifesting on the skin. The fluid inside the sore is full of new virus. See your doctor so you can be prescribed a medication to control the virus.
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What are the stages of cold sores episodes?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Blisters form & heal: Cold sores on the lips or near the lips, are usually caused by recurrent oral herpes virus. They start as a slightly raised reddish area, with a bit of numbness & tingling there. Then comes a cluster of tiny blisters, which break open soon, with some pain; leaving a sore (ulcer) to heal up over a week. Sores appear more often when one is under stress or is ill from another illness.
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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.
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What symptoms are associated with cold sores?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Just at ulcer site: Cold sores on the lips or near the lips, are usually caused by recurrent oral herpes virus. They start as a slightly raised reddish area, with a bit of numbness & tingling there. Then comes a cluster of tiny blisters, which break open soon, with some pain; leaving a sore (ulcer) to heal up over a week. Sores appear more often when one is under stress or is ill from another illness.

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