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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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I have herpes type 1. Is it safe to use abreva?

I have herpes type 1. Is it safe to use abreva?

Yes but Ice helps : The best remedy for mitigating or abating cold sore symptoms is to apply ice directly to the spots as soon as you have the prodromal symptoms (itching, tingly sensation or pain). Applying ice cubes for 10 to 15 minutes at a time 2 or 3 times a day for 1 or 2 days totally stops the sores from developing or progressing into cratered ulcers. Nothing in the pharmacies matches this. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is abreva safe to use during pregnancy?

Is abreva safe to use during pregnancy?

A revs: No human studies have been done on abreva and pregnancy. However, when the drug was given to pregnant animals, it did not appear to cause any problems. Because animals and humans can respond to drugs in different ways, if you become pregnant while using this drug, your healthcare provider will consider the benefits and risks in your particular situation. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of this coldsore? Don't want it getting bigger. And should I use abreva?

How do I get rid of this coldsore? Don't want it getting bigger. And should I use abreva?

Cold sores: That is one option. 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). ...Read more

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Is it better to use abreva or carmex on a cold sore?

Is it better to use abreva or carmex on a cold sore?

Both about same: Carmex ($) will dry the region upon which it is applied and can act as a soothing agent while shedding the outer layers of skin. Abreva ($$) is thought to act by inhibiting the fusion of the human cell with the viral envelope of the herpes virus, thus preventing its replication. It's mechanism has been questioned in a few studies. Your dentist can offer better: rx, chemical and/or laser treatment. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use abreva and vasoline on a cold sore at the same time?

Yes, but!: Abreva has never worked effectively to cure cold sores for my patients! vaseline might make it stay on your lip longer, but who cares? ...Read more

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Should I take lysine for my chronic cold sores? If so, as treatment or to prevent? Dosage? Currently take Valtrex (valacyclovir) and use Abreva.

Should I take lysine for my chronic cold sores? If so, as treatment or to prevent? Dosage? Currently take Valtrex (valacyclovir) and use Abreva.

Pay attention: Abreva does very little, not worth the money. l-Lysine is an old scam: it did nothing 40 years ago and it does nothing now. Simple understanding of biochemistry of amino acids is enough to dispel this silly scam. See a dermatologist. Are you sure it is herpes? Valacyclovir can be helpful if dosed properly and is safe. Usual dose is 2gram at very first prodromal symptoms of each attack. Sometimes d ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Abreva (Definition)

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