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Cold Sore (Definition)

A cold sore is a sore that develops on lips. It is caused by infection with one ...Read more


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Does carmex help get rid of cold sores?

Does carmex help get rid of cold sores?

Cold sores: You can never completely get rid of cold sores. The virus lives inside your body and they surface whenever your body goes under stress, whether its extreme cold or emotional stress. Most over the counter medication claim to reduce the duration of the sore which is normally around 7 days. There are also proscription medication which are given in more severe outbreaks. ...Read more

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Will cold sores get worse if I use carmex and abreva?

Will cold sores get worse if I use carmex and abreva?

Worse: The most pain is in the middle of the cold sore so 5-7 days from outbreak of cold sore. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fisher
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Can u put carmex up the nose for cold sores?

Can u put carmex up the nose for cold sores?

Carmex for Cold Sore: By using carmex for cold sores, you can effectively reduce the pain of fever blisters and shorten the duration to heal. It produces best results if used in the early stages of fever blisters. The earliest stage is the tingling or burning sensation you feel a day or less before the fever blister forms. For many people, carmex helps them deal with the pain of cold sores. ...Read more

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Can lip balm make anyone else break out into cold sores?

Can lip balm make anyone else break out into cold sores?

HSV-1 contamination?: I have not heard of this being a trigger. However, if you used lip balm that was previously used by someone with a cold sore - you could become infected with the herpes simplex virus type 1 (if not previously exposed). ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Karsant
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Is carmex a any good for my cold sore, what is the best thing to put on it?

Cold Sore: It will not hurt or help however unless you put it on your finger you will contaminate the stick or jar and then it needs to be dumped. Cold sores heal in 7-10 days by themselves or you may buy an otc drug like abreva which will shorten the time to heal. You can get an rx for zovirax but it is expensive. ...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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How can I remove or heal cold sores by myself?

No: The prescription for nutritional healing by j. Balch md and the herb book by john lust use combinations of astragalus, yellow dock, red sage, myrrh, echinacea and marshmallow to help heal these painful outbreaks. Take equal amount of each and boil for five minutes, steep another ten. This can be directly applied on the effected area with cotton swabs. ...Read more

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