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Can Carmex Heal Cold Sores
Nope: Keeping the area moisturized is actually good. ...Read more
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Getting problem after problem with lips/mouth.1st bad angular chelititis, now 2 itchy cold sores. I always use lip balm @ night? Will oil pulling help?
See a dentist: Can also help to take some vitamin b supplement, ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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