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Camphor For Cold Sores
Be Careful: It is important to know that "cold sores" are caused by a virus called the Herpes virus. They are easily spread from one person to another. A canker sore, or Aphtous ulcer, is probably caused by an autoimmune reaction (the body fighting itself) Medicine for one of these is not intended for the other type of mouth sore. The anbesol cream is probably mostly for numbing the sore. ...Read more
Either: I'm assuming you're talking about oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) and zovirax (not zovirax cream). Both are effective, but Valtrex (valacyclovir) is more convenient, because it doesn't have to be taken as frequently. My favorite way to treat cold sores is to have the patient take 2 grams of Valtrex (valacyclovir) at the very first sign of an outbreak, and then 2 grams 12 hours later. That two-dose course will shorten the duration of infection. ...Read more
Many differences: Canker sores and cold sores are common disorders of the mouth, irritating millions of americans. Although many people use the terms canker sore and cold sore synonymously, they are different conditions. Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus and are contagious while canker sores cause is unclear and is not considered contagious. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Vrus vs. environment: A canker sore or aphthous ulcer usually is caused by stress to movable tissue areas and has a white center surrounded by a reddish area.. The stress could be from food allergy or caused by trauma. A cold sore is caused by the herpes simplex virus and occurs around the lips and could infect the throat and can affect gum tissue as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Both work well!: Everyone responds differently to different anti-viral medications! i usually start by prescribing zovirax (acyclovir) and see how a person responds! i often have the patient take 5 capsules a day and also have them apply the ointment to the lesion topically! if that doesn't help, we'll try valtrex! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Herpetic lesions: Canker sores of herpetic origin can be treated palliatively to give relief from the soreness. Abreva is an over-the counter topical gel/medication that you can purchase at your pharmacy that will reduce the length of time that the lesion is active. Your dentist or physician can also prescribe an anti-viral drug (ie. Acyclovir) that can also reduce the length of time and/or onset of appearance. ...Read more
HSV Suppressive RX: Unfortunately, many patients and many physicians, are unaware of both the risk of asymptomatic transmission of herpes and how effective suppressive treatment can be in preventing it. If you are living with herpes and have one or more uninfected sexual partners, consider discussing the possible advantages of daily suppressive therapy with your doctor. Take prescription Valtrex (valacyclovir) 500-1000mg daily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No evidence: While one study looking at the ingredient in turmeric (curcumin) suggested antimicrobial properties (not in humans), there is no evidence turmeric treats cold sores. Curcumin is not the same as the dried spice. Mores studies are necessary of the active ingredient before doctors can prescribe it as a viable treatment. ...Read more
Time: Any topical cream for cold sores helps with the pain however only time allows them to heal. ...Read more
Cold Sores: 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. Your dermatologist can also provide laser treatments. ...Read more
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