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Doctor insights on: Best Way To Heal A Cold Sore Scab

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I am leaving for the beach tomorrow and want to know if there is a way to heal the cold sore scab any faster?

I am leaving for the beach tomorrow and want to know if there is a way to heal the cold sore scab any faster?

Healing scab? Not: That I know of. 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.

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 very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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How to make a cold sore scab heal faster so I won't shed?

How to make a cold sore scab heal faster so I won't shed?

Choices offerred: Medically the options are: 1. Topical 2. Oral pills. Over the counter topical are focused on symptomatic relief-not much for decreasing healing time. Prescription meds like topical acyclovir/penciclovir reduces healing time by 1/2 day as well as decrease pain. Oral meds like famvir/valtrex/zovirax decrease the duration during an outbreak of herpes simplex-cold sores.

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Can a cold sore heal without ever scabbing? If so, how do you know when it has fully healed?

Can a cold sore heal without ever scabbing? If so, how do you know when it has fully healed?

Officially, "no": If a person has a history of cold sores, and there is a tingling spot on the lip (maybe slightly swollen and/or slightly reddened), and she quickly takes antivirals which stop the cold sore from fully developing, then it may go away without scabbing (it may peel slightly). Since the blisters did not form, the "cold sore" did not truly happen. If the sore fully developed, there would be scabbing.

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Cold sore day 7scabbing healin stage u want a scsb rite but everytime I swich the abreeva its pulls the scab that tryin to heal so keep dry with nothi?

Cold sore day 7scabbing healin stage u want a scsb rite but everytime I swich the abreeva its pulls the scab that tryin to heal so keep dry with nothi?

Leave it alone: After 7 days you should probably just leave it alone and it will heal up on its own in a few days.

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How do I heal a scar that left a crater on my cheek from a cold sore scab that was picked?

How do I heal a scar that left a crater on my cheek from a cold sore scab that was picked?

Facial scarring: See a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. They are trained to deal with situations like this. Good luck.

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I had a very small cold sore that I made larger by using alcohol to clean it. Now I have a scab on lip. Using peroxide and neosporin. Is this best?

Lip eruption: Sounds like Herpes Simplex. You should use medication for herpes. You can follow this with Dermatologist. Good luck

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Is it bad to peal off my cold sore scab?

Is it bad to peal off my cold sore scab?

YES, it is bad: It will expose the fluids which are teaming with viruses. 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. >.

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What works in taking care of a cold sore scab?

What works in taking care of a cold sore scab?

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).

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What can you do after the scab of a cold sore fell off?

Scabbing: Remain aware that even if the scab is no longer on the cold sore that you can still spread herpes through viral shedding.

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What should I put on my cold sore that has started to scab?

Cold Sore: If it is scabbing it is almost healed so nothing or a little vasoline so it does not open when you move your lips.

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How long is it supposed to it take for a cold sore scab to fall off?

Resolution.: Cold sores usually resolve within 7 to 10 days if left untreated.

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How many scabs form for a cold sore until it's completely healed?

Cold sores: In general, most cold sores will resolve within 10-14 days. There is no science in predicting how many scabs a sore has to go through before it is completely healed. That can depend on a lot of factors, such as a patient picking at the lesion over and over. All the best!

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I picked a scab off my cold sore and now the skin is pink what do I do?

I picked a scab off my cold sore and now the skin is pink what do I do?

Nothing: The area below a sore is somewhat raw, hence the color. Clean area well. Not to worry.