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Doctor insights on: Carmex On Cold Sore Scab

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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

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

Is carmex an 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 a rx for zovirax (acyclovir) but it is expensive. ...Read more

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What works in taking care of a cold sore scab?

What works in taking care of a cold sore scab?

Cold sores: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites 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 oral valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a cold sore scab fast?

Cold sore tx: 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.
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What would you do to get rid of a cold sore scab?

What would you do to get rid of a cold sore scab?

It needs to heal: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites 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 oral valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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I have a scab from a cold sore, how do I get rid of it?

I have a scab from a cold sore, how do I get rid of it?

It can heal w/o: Specific treatment. But it is important that you remember that even in a scab phase that you are infectious. Thus, you don't want to pick at a scab ; transmit the virus to others. Wash hands after touching cold sore. ...Read more

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I have an orangish like a cold sore scab. How can I get rid of this?

If you have : Recurrent cold sores — there are a number of options. Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites 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 oral valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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I want to get rid of my cold sore scab right now because it looks really gross?

I want to get rid of my cold sore scab right now because it looks really gross?

Time: There is no way to get rid of a scab early. If you pull it off it will just form another and then take even longer. Sorry but time is the only way to get rid of it. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I pull a cold sore scab off and put abreva will it spread still?

Can you tell me if I pull a cold sore scab off and put abreva will it spread still?

Don't recommend: Doing that. Let the scab come off by itself. Recommend oral antiviral if you are concerned about transmitting the virus. Yes — it can still spread if you pull off the scab. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I pull a cold sore scab off and put abreva will it still spread?

Can you tell me if I pull a cold sore scab off and put abreva will it still spread?

Don't do it!: Yes it will spread. Bad idea to do from healing or scarring standpoint. Never pick at coldsores!
If cold sores are a chronic issue for you, see your primary doctor for a prescription medication you can take at the onset (when you feel the tingling and before there is a visible sore) of a new episode. ...Read more

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I have a cold sore it scabbed and fell off but now looks like another scab is forming I'm wondering how many scabs have to before it's completely gone?

I have a cold sore it scabbed and fell off but now looks like another scab is forming I'm wondering how many scabs have to before it's completely gone?

One or more: No magic number, depends on skin conditions, moisture, picking at it, etc. More important is how well-healed / progressed the lesion is under scab when/if it comes off. ...Read more

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Is it bad to peal off my cold sore scab?

YES, it is bad: It will expose the fluids which are teaming with viruses. 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. >. ...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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I picked a scab off my cold sore and now the skin is pink what do I do?

I picked a scab off my cold sore and now the skin is pink what do I do?

Nothing: The area below a sore is somewhat raw, hence the color.
Clean area well. Not to worry. ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! My cold sore scab fell of already. What do I do now?

Could use your help docs! My cold sore scab fell of already. What do I do now?

If you don't want to: Spread virus talk with your doctor about antiviral medication. ...Read more

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When a cold sore turn into a scab what should you do? Any creams or should you pick it off?

Don't pick t it!: When cold sore begins to have that funny sensation before it breaks out or very early on, taking antivirals would help. Once scabbed over, just let it heal on its own. Do not pick off the scab as it can get infected and scarred! ...Read more

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If you have conracted herpes what are there any other symptoms that you may show if you don't get a cold sore with open lession and scab?

Variety: Symptoms may include fever, enlarged neck nodes and pain with eating or drinking. You may also experience other symptoms such as pain, itching, and tingling possibly in the area where the cold sore may appear. ...Read more

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Cold sore was in scabbing stage. Boyfriend drank my bottle of water about 30 minutes after me. What are the chances of him contracting it?

Not much: He has more chance of contacting by kissing you than from the waster bottle. If you have herpes simples virus will not survive outside body fluids, so don't worry Remember you have once infected by herpes simplex virus it will never leave the body, ...Read more

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Once cold sore scabs over, should you keep it moisturized or dry out?

Keep moist: Once a wound has scabbed over, it does tend to heal better when it stays moist, at least until the scab comes off. Vaseline works really well for this. ...Read more

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Until when is a cold sore contagious. My scab came off 2 days ago and I just have a scar?

Until when is a cold sore contagious. My scab came off 2 days ago and I just have a scar?

No longer contagious: You're probably no longer contagious. Herpes lesions such as oral cold sores have active virus only the first few days; once healing is well underway, transmission risk is very low. But to be safest, it's best to do just as you have: assume you are contagious until healing is complete, i.e. the scab falls away by itself. A pink "scar" (which will fade) isn't infectious. ...Read more