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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?

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

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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Will using abreva cause a cold sore?

Don't use any one: Else's medications. New abreva should not cause a cold sore but hopefully will help it. ...Read more

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How long do I keep using abreva on my cold sore? And i can see pink under it & it's drying up.

Abreva: It is recommended that this be used for up to 10 days but not necessarily if the cold sore is healing. ...Read more

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I have had a cold sore for 4 days already and i just brought abreva will it heal within a couple days?

I have had a cold sore for 4 days already and i just brought abreva will it heal within a couple days?

Call your doc and: Have them call in Valtrex (valacyclovir) u take 2 grams asap and 2 grams in 12 hours that is all u need , works 100x faster and better than abreva which in my opinion doesn't work very well , but better than nothing. ...Read more

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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

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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 ?

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

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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

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Is it safe to use abreva and vasoline on a cold sore at the same time?

Is it safe to use abreva and vasoline on a cold sore at the same time?

Yes, but!: Abreva has never worked effectively to cure cold sores for my patients! vaseline might make it stay on your lip longer, but who cares? ...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?

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

Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Docosanol (Definition)

Docosanol is a mouth/lip preparation which is a kind of ...Read more


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Abreva (Definition)

Abreva is a mouth/lip preparation which is a kind of ...Read more