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Doctor insights on: Cold Sore Ointment Over The Counter

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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 generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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Can I get rid of a cold sore with over-the-counter creams?

Can I get rid of a cold sore with over-the-counter creams?

Change acidity level: As you know canker sore as all fungal infections live and reproduce in an acid medium meaning a low ph. Before taking any antifungal medication, i would like you to try rinsing and only rinsing 3 to 4 times a day specialy @ bed time with milanta or any antiacid liquid. I'm sure you will have a positive response within 48 hrs. ...Read more

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I have herpes simplex 1 and get cold sores on my tongue and inside cheeks can I use the same over-the-counter products as i would for a lip cold sore?

I have herpes simplex 1 and get cold sores on my tongue and inside cheeks can I use the same over-the-counter products as i would for a lip cold sore?

May be oral aphthae: Herpes inside the mouth is uncommon. Oral aphthous ulcers are much more likely. The cause of oral aphthae is not known; sometimes oral ulcers are associated with other diseases or with systemic medication. There is no standard (nor very successful!) treatment for oral aphthous ulcers. Check with your doctor to see if he or she can make a more definitive diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more

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Do cold sore creams sold over counter work for genital herpes?

Do cold sore creams sold over counter work for genital herpes?

See your doctor: There are very effective oral and prescription topical medications to tx genital hsv infections. See you doctor for proper treatment, it will be far more effective than otc cold sore creams. ...Read more

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Should I use zovirax (acyclovir) ointment for a cold sore on my lip?

Should I use zovirax (acyclovir) ointment for a cold sore on my lip?

Yes: Zovirax (acyclovir) is commonly used follow your drs instructions and remember it works best when started as early as possible whicheans when you first feel either pain or tingling in the spot before the blisters materialize. ...Read more

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Is it possible to use zovirax (acyclovir) ointment for a cold sore on my lip?

Is it possible to use zovirax (acyclovir) ointment for a cold sore on my lip?

Oral: I believe that oral antivirals are recommended (vice topical). 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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Can I nurse while applying Zovirax (acyclovir) ointment to my lip for treatment of a cold sore?

Can I nurse while applying Zovirax (acyclovir) ointment to my lip for treatment of a cold sore?

NO: Consult your Obstetrician but even a small amount of ZoVirax (acyclovir) will be absorbed into you blood. Your OB-GYN or Pediatrician can tell you if it is excreted in your milk,. In general would avoid any drugs except if absolutely necessary. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC medicine for a cold sore?

Cold sores: Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in European studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1,000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. ...Read more

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I have a huge cold sore that is itchy and spreading. I heard "lemon balm cream" works. What is that and what brand should I be looking for?

I have a huge cold sore that is itchy and spreading. I heard "lemon balm cream" works. What is that and what brand should I be looking for?

See a dermatologist: First determine if it is herpes. If it is, none of the topicals do enough to warrant much discussion. Whether lemon balm or expensive prescription, once you get a sore it heals about the same whatever you put on it. The effective remedy is to have on hand valacyclovir (or acyclovir) to take 2 Gram (2x1G) at very first tingling (prodrome). This is safe, no side effects, aborts the attack or produce ...Read more