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What is a good thing to put on a cold sore?

What is a good thing to put on a cold sore?

Your Dr.: prescribe Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral which can actually help regarding transmission to others. Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream). Brief supplementation w lysine 1,000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. Your dermatologist can provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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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What should I put on a cold sore that is popped?

3 things: The herpetic lesion lasts7-14 days no matter what. If it is unsightly you can get special little band aids to cover. You can use an rx antiviral creme to lessen time and severity. Lastly. Otc cremes can be used which are mostly palliative. ...Read more

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What to put on cold sore when it starts to appear?

What to put on cold sore when it starts to appear?

Oral valacyclovir: No cream or ointment will help. Ask your doctor about valacyclovir. A single dose by mouth will speed healing. Good luck! ...Read more

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Could i put cold sore medication on when i feel a cold sore coming on?

Could i put cold sore medication on when i feel a cold sore coming on?

Lemon Balm: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) can be applied regularly. Ask your prescribing provider about which ever specific medication you are taking. ...Read more

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Can you let me know is ice a good cold sore remedy?

It will soothe only: But not cure or stop the progression of the lesion. If you leave it alone, it will go through its natural stages and go away on its own in 14-21 days. Your dentist can help in the early phases with a laser and can prescribe medications for remedy and prophylaxis (prevention). ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could put neosporin on my cold sore?

Can you tell me if i could put neosporin on my cold sore?

Cold sore: Yes you can especially if the ulcer is open but it will not leo with the resolution of the cold sore since its a viral infection not bacterial. You may want to try abreva OTC ointment which is an antiviral and will help expedite the resolution of cold sores. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could i put a alcohol prep pad on my cold sore?

Please tell me, could i put a alcohol prep pad on my cold sore?

That will not help: To resolve it.Your doctor can prescribe Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral which can actually help regarding transmission to others. Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream). Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. Your dermatologist can provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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What are good home remediescan i put on my cold sore to stop it itching?

What are good home remediescan i put on my cold sore to stop it itching?

Lemon balm/ ice: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. Try ice as well. ...Read more

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I am getting a cold sore. What can I put on it to stop it from growing and getting worse?

Zovirax (acyclovir) Cream: You will need a prescription from your md or your dentist though. Over the counter treatments lessen the symptoms but do not decrease the length of time for healing. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What can I put on a cold sore in my nose?

What can I put on a cold sore in my nose?

Nose sore: A small dab of oragel numbs the area. It is safe in nose. A tiny dab of neosporin with pain relief ointment helps. ...Read more

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

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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I got a cold sore from probably drinking from someone elses cup, what should I put on it?

Tx options.: Your Dr can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat cold sores. Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1,000mg orally 3 times a day at onset, can also hasten healing. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a really bad cold sore, its the swelling is bad I've tried putting ice on it its only getting worse, ?

Hi, I have a really bad cold sore, its the swelling is bad I've tried putting ice on it its only getting worse, ?

Herpes Simplex: See your doctor for a prescription med. Herpes simplex 1 or hsv 1also known as oral herpes. It is different from genital herpes which is hsv 2 . . Medication can decrease the pain related to an outbreak and can shorten healing time. They can also decrease the total number of outbreaks. Drugs including famvir, zovirax, and Valtrex (valacyclovir) are among the drugs used to treat the symptoms of herpes. ...Read more

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What should I put on my lip to reduce the swelling of cold sore?

Comfortable: Do not play with it or it will get bigger, do anything that makes you comfortable. It takes about 2 weeks to go away no matter what you seem to do. However check with your pharmacy for a few items that may make you more comfortable - remember that they generally do not shorten the 2 week time. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will it take to get rid of a cold sore if i put honey on it?

Cold sore: About the same amount of time that it would take without the honey. Fever blisters can be effectively treated with antiviral agents such as acyclovir. Both oral and topical formulations exist. Your doctor will prescribe the best combination for you. ...Read more