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A 34-year-old member asked:

How can i cure my cold sores without having to use drugs?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Time: There are no good cures for cold sores other than the fact that they will resolve spontaneously.Current medications, at best, work poorly.
Dr. Debi Williams
Dentistry 26 years experience
Abreva: My patients get good results with an over the counter cream called abreva. It is expensive but works well. Apply to cold sore twice a day to shorten the duration. If the cream is applied as soon as you feel the 'tingly' sensation of a new cold sore, it can stop the sore from appearing.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Diode Laser: A diode laser will speed up the healing without drugs. You'll have to see a local dentist who is equipped with the laser. http://www.amdlasers.com/media/articles/Diode_Laser_Treatment_of_Oral_Lesions.pdf

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How can you most effectively cure cold sores?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Lemon balm: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How can I cure my cold sores?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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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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