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Cold Sore Remedies Abreva
What exactly is the clear fluid and the tiny sacks in a cold sore hsv-1? Other than abreva, what other best remedies are recommended, prescription or other?
Herpes: Good question. The blisters are signs of what is happening under the skin in the nerves infected with herpes. These blisters are filled with body fluid caused by the immune system to bring all it has to bear on the inflammation in the nerves. There are three common prescription medications that treat a herpes outbreak to help the nerve and thus the skin heal. Acyvlovir, valacyclovir, and famvir (famciclovir). ...Read more
Got my first cold sore three weeks ago and it's not going away. I've tried abreva, zyclovir, etc. Should i let it dry out naturally, or keep it moist?
I have had a cold sore for 4 days already and i just brought abreva will it heal within a couple days?
Does abreva really work to heal cold sores? I feel like
It did the opposite and caused my cold sore to spread
Not effective: Docosanol (Abreva) slightly inhibits the virus in the lab, but not effective in treating oral herpes. So it's not quite quackery, but comes close. But it shouldn't make an outbreak worse, unless maybe you're allergic and it caused increased redness, itching, etc. Ask your doctor about a prescription for valacyclovir: 2 g twice, 12 hr apart as soon as an outbreak starts, is very effective. ...Read more
Is a cold sore and a cranker sore same thing, can abreva 10% cream treat both sores? And do u usually have more than one sore if it is a cold sore ?
More or less: Canker sore is usually used for ulcers on mucus membranes, cold sores usually occur on the skin of the lips. You can have more than one cold sore at the same time. Abreva will help. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
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