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What's a good home remedy for cold sores?

What's a good home remedy for cold sores?

Only home RX is TIME: The only home remedy is time. The lesion undergoes a series of changes and heals over 14-21 days--after which the virus goes dormant. Anti-viral drugs based on Acyclovir are available by prescription and can be taken as a preventive med. Otc meds, like abreva, have variable success rates. If they occur frequently, you can take Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily as a preventive measure, but will need a prescription. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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

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. ...Read more

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What are some home remedy for cold sores in the mouth?

No cure- it's herpes: More than likely it's caused by a herpes outbreak (hsv-1 typically). Drinking acidic fluids can make the situation worse; with poor dental hygiene, the burden of bacteria will allow the ulcers to fester. In certain instances, medications such as Acyclovir can help. Otherwise, the burden of oral bacterial can be tamed by the use of either listerine or a warm salt water gargle for 1min, 3 times daily. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies for cold sores?

What are some home remedies for cold sores?

Only home RX is TIME: The only home remedy is time. The lesion undergoes a series of changes and heals over 14-21 days--after which the virus goes dormant. Anti-viral drugs based on Acyclovir are available by prescription and can be taken as a preventive med. Otc meds, like abreva, have variable success rates. If they occur frequently, you can take Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily as a preventive measure, but will need a prescription. ...Read more

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What are some ny at home remedies to cold sores?

Lemon balm: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. ...Read more

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Please describe a good home remedy for curing cold sores?

Please describe a good home remedy for curing cold sores?

Only home RX is TIME: The only home remedy is time. The lesion undergoes a series of changes and heals over 14-21 days--after which the virus goes dormant. Anti-viral drugs based on Acyclovir are available by prescription and can be taken as a preventive med. Otc meds, like abreva, have variable success rates. If they occur frequently, you can take Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily as a preventive measure, but will need a prescription. ...Read more

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Home remedies to cure cold sores fast?

Home remedies to cure cold sores fast?

Lysine?: Cures are difficult. Palliative treatment (less pain while healing) include otc's like zylactin, herpecin. If cold sores are frequent and debilitating, your doctor can prescribe preventative medicines. Staying healthy helps cold sores heal faster. Some believe lysine helps. ...Read more

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What are some common home remedies to treat cold sores?

What are some common home remedies to treat cold sores?

Few: Most over the counter remedies are simply palliative. The acute phase lasts 10-14 days. Prescription meds such as Famvir (famciclovir) or Acyclovir given topically and orally can decrease the length of time of the acute flair up. ...Read more

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Home remedies to help with cold sores/herpes? And to boost immunity?

Home remedies to help with cold sores/herpes? And to boost immunity?

Many good choices: My favorite "home remedy" for cold sores/herpes may not be around your house but is found in health food stores- topical lemon balm cream- see http://www.Med.Nyu.Edu/content?Chunkiid=21798 for many other choices see http://earthclinic.Com/cures/natural-cold-sore-remedies.Html to boost immunity reduce stress, avoid sweets ; gmo's, take good multivit. ; medicinal mushrooms ; herbs like ashwagandha. ...Read more

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What would be appropriate home remedies to get rid of cold sores?

Lemon Balm: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. ...Read more