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Cold Sore Incubation Period
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. Laser treatments are also used to treat cold sores. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cold Sore: Triggers for cold sores can include illness, stress, fatigue, becoming physically cold, dry air, uv rays (sun), mouth trauma or one's period. Avoid those things which you can. Regular use of melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help v recurrences. ...Read more
7 to 10 days: If a cold sore occurs it will usually heal by itself in 7 to 10 days. I do not know of any tooth paste on the market that promotes early healing. There are some over the counter ointments that may shorten it by a couple of days. If it is on your lip it may be a viral infection, then the only thing that can shorten the 7 to 10 days period is a prescription antiviral agent taken early on. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A few choices: There are several prescription medicines both creams (known as topicals) and pills. The key with any treatment is to start the treatment during the period called the prodrome, usually a tingling sensation that lets you know you are about to get a cold sore. The sooner the better is the key to treat any viral infection. Valacylovir (valtrex) taken as 2 doses 12 hours apart works very well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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