Top 20 Doctor insights on: Cold rid
Early Detection: The key to try and treat cold sores faster than the traditional healing time is best by early detection. Whether you use otc products or anti-viral prescriptions for cold sores, the earlier you put on the cold sore, the speed will usually heal more quickly. ...Read more
Tips: Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestion – saline nose drops or a neti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to Chamomile tea. ...Read more
A volatile solvent:
Many times a herpetic (cold sore) lesion can be aborted if caught in the 'premonition' phase (when you feel the 'burning' sensation) by the topical application of a volatile solvent such as ether or chloroform.
I should be applied topically with a q-tip and sparingly. Dab it with the solvent three or four times and repeat a few hours later. ...Read more
Best RX is TIME: The lesion undergoes a series of changes and heals over 14-21 days--after which the virus goes dormant. Anti-viral drugs based on Acyclovir are available by prescription and can be taken as a preventive med. Otc meds, like abreva, have variable success rates. If they occur frequently, you can take Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily as a preventive measure, but will need a prescription. There is no 'fast' way. ...Read more
I had a cold but got rid of it a mth ago. But since then I feel 100% but have like a rattle in my chest. Whezing, n cough up flem that tastes horrible?
Bronchitis Bronchiol: It sounds like bronchitis or bronchiolitis. The mucus collected in the air tubes can act as a culture medium for bacteria resulting in a bacterial infection. Sometimes if you are healthy you can fight it off sometimes you need to see a doctor to get antibiotics. If it is persisting you must see your doctor. If there is associated fever, chest pain or shortness of breath, it could be pneumonia ...Read more
Zinc, Umcka: Agree with dr. M: mostly time and doing things to make you feel better while you're waiting for your body to kick the virus. But 2 things you can take early may make your symptoms less severe and not last as long. Zinc lozenges like Zicam (not the spray which can take away your sense of smell). Also pelargonium (umcka cold care). Don't forget chicken soup! Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more
Only symptom relief: Cold tips: for sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * for congestion – saline nose drops or a netti pot. *for anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**for hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. Add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea. ...Read more
Rest: While there's no guaranteed pill or medicine to get rid of a cold (although vitamin c has had mixed results), the best thing you can do is rest. Avoid alcohol (it could irritate your throat more), heavy exertion, and exposure to smoke. Colds usually get better no matter what you do. Hope you feel better soon! ...Read more
Lysine: I have a colleague that swears by lysine. ...Read more
Cold sores are forev: Once the virus is in your body it is there forever. To minimize the outbreaks do things to energize your immune system: eat healthy, exercize, and do things to lower your stress. Avoid spicy foods or other irritants that may contribute to an outbreak. Antiviral medicines can be used also...Check with your physician or dentist. ...Read more
You can't: You have to wait it out while treating the symptoms. ...Read more
Cold virus: The only way to get rid of a cold virus is to let it run it's course. You can try to treat symptoms. You can try breathing in hot steam from a shower or water heated in a microwave. It is recommended to do it for at least 20 minutes. This may shorten the duration as the heat may help kill the virus. Fevers are also helpful in killing the virus as it is your body's way of fighting infection. ...Read more
Valacyclovir: If it is a herpes lesion, it initially will feel like an itching or burning sensation. The lesion will appear like a cluster of grapes. If you start taking the valacyclovir right away the sore will go away within a couple of days. If not the blisters will break, the skin will crust over and after a week to ten days it will heal. ...Read more
They have a life:
Nothing gets rid of cold sores. It seems no matter what you do they hang around for about 14 days. If you try to put something on them. They will last 2 weeks. Try to keep them dry (no vaseline or chapstick) and don't pick at them. Limit stress and fatigue.
Unfortunately, some people are prone to getting them. Watch spicy or acidic food and drink. ...Read more