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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 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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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?

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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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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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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How come everytime I use Chapstick/lip balm my lips get cold sores/blisters?

How come everytime I use Chapstick/lip balm my lips get cold sores/blisters?

Well: Could be a couple things one you could've used the Chapstick when you had herpes and keep re-infecting yourself. Another possibility is you use the Stick when you're out in the sun and sunburned can cause a flareup of herpes. For specific diagnosis and treatment recommend health visit ...Read more

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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 (acyclovir) 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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Help with painless cold sores that won't heal on hard palate? 2-3 weeks.

Help with painless cold sores that won't heal on hard palate? 2-3 weeks.

First question is: Are these cold sores (due to the herpes virus) or aphthous ulcers. I would see a derm or ENT to get a correct diagnosis which also would give the correct treatment as they are not treated the same! And you need a work up to find out why they are lasting this long. Have you been under a lot of stress? ...Read more

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How can you remove or heal cold sores?

Cold sores: 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 with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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Does chapstick help to heal cold sores?

Does chapstick help to heal cold sores?

Not really: 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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Recurrent cold sores, literally one starts the day after the one before heals... What should I do?

Get in to doctor: For prescription oral antivirals to take daily to suppress outbreaks! ...Read more

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How long do cold sores take to heal? And i'd there any home remedies to speed up the healing process? It looks horrible, help me!

Usually a week: No vitamin has any effect on herpes. If you take a prescription med. It will make it heal faster. I prescribe valacyclovir 2 gram as soon as you feel it coming. You need to have it handy because the best result occurs if you take it as soon as you feel the first tingling. The standard use is to take a 2nd dose 12 hours later. Otc creams and prescription cream are not very effective. ...Read more

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Do cold sores heal faster if popped? Do doctors advise popping them or leaving them alone? Just want to know if cold sores should be left alone to heal, or pop them and remove the liquid?

Leave alone.: There is one theory that if you injure a chronic sore it will become an acute lesion and heal faster. I think it just makes it irritated and painful popping the bubble (vesicles) leaks the contagious fluid which could infect your eye, open breaks in skin, or others. A better solution is to talk to dentist who can prescribe med (valtrex) which taken at first sign will lead to quick healing. ...Read more

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How can I remove or heal cold sores by myself?

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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Help please? How long do cold sores take to heal?

Cold sore: Cold sores usually resolve in seven to ten days when no intervention is used. ...Read more

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Which medicine is the best to heal cold sores fast?

Faster - not fast: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. May reduce healing time to 5 days. ...Read more

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I have cold sores on my top lip year-round. Even when it "heals", its still there. What do I do?

Cold sores: Cold sores frequently brek out when your immune system I compromised. Since you state that you have chronic fatigue and depression this could be allowing the virus to break out. There is also antiviral medication available which may help... You should discuss this with you physician or dentist. ...Read more

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How come when I get cold sores its a lot worse than most people? My whole top lip swells and my lip splits till it heals.

Everyone is unique: I am sorry to hear that your cold sore outbreaks are especially bad. Some people just have worse outbreaks than others. If you have such severe outbreaks, do your best to avoid stress, and go to your doctor at the first sign of a cold sore. Acyclovir if prescribed within the first 48 hours has been shown to decrease the length and severity of outbreaks. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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51 years old recurrent cold sores since fall. Had 4 since mid dec (heal 4-5 days)soon as stop 5 days of Valtrex (valacyclovir) 500mg twice daily I get another. Help?

Longer treatment: Once the virus is established, it is often necessary to treat for a long time. Fortunately, the medicine is usually well tolerated. ...Read more

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Does abreva really work to heal cold sores? I feel like It did the opposite and caused my cold sore to spread

Does abreva really work to heal cold sores? I feel like It did the opposite and caused my cold sore to spread

Not effective: Docosanol (Abreva) slightly inhibits the virus in the lab, but not effective in treating oral herpes. So it's not quite quackery, but comes close. But it shouldn't make an outbreak worse, unless maybe you're allergic and it caused increased redness, itching, etc. Ask your doctor about a prescription for valacyclovir: 2 g twice, 12 hr apart as soon as an outbreak starts, is very effective. ...Read more

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I had a number of cold sores and they are now healing and I have a large scab on my face. Should I put neosporin or anything to make it heal faster?

I had a number of cold sores and they are now healing and I have a large scab on my face. Should I put neosporin or anything to make it heal faster?

Cold sores: You could put neosporin on the open lesions but taking prophylactic antivirus may be better. In addition taking it when you have an outbreak may help better ...Read more

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My 11yr old daughter has two cold sores on both corners of her mouth. She's had this for a mouth. She uses burt's bees but its taking long time to heal?

Angular Cheilitis: It is abnormal for cold sores to linger for an entire month. There is a condition called cheilitis where lesions develop in the corners of the mouth and they can be persistent. They can be from lip-licking, nutrient deficiencies, dry mouth etc. These can become subject to opportunistic infections. Using a topical antibiotic and discouraging harmful behaviors (lip licking) may help. ...Read more

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Might holding a warm tea bag on fever blisters/cold sores actually help to heal them?

Cold sores are Viral: I do not know of any value to doing this remedy. It is important to understand the nature of a cold sore or fever blister. These disorders are caused by the herpes virus. The virus can be very easily spread to other parts of your body or to other people through direct contact. I would recommend not putting a warm tea bad on the sore. The risk of spreading the virus is high. Talk to your dentist. ...Read more

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After taking HGH for two months, my skin heals so slow, my nails grow slow, and even my cold sores scar a red mark where they appear, nd take forever?

After taking HGH for two months, my skin heals so slow, my nails grow slow, and even my cold sores scar a red mark where they appear, nd take forever?

Was it HCG?: This agent does not have an fda indication. Chance of getting a product that is not HCG is a real possibility. This is a problem with using medications that have not been extensively researched and fda approved. Need to see a doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Do cold sores itch?

Do cold sores itch?

They can: A cold sore is a lesion with blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril & sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain & itching. ...Read more