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Doctor insights on: Cold Sore Scab Healing

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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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I have a cold sore scab above my top lip and it looks horrible! It is so big! Is there ANYWAY to get rid of it or speed the healing process?? Is it true if the cold sore is on skin that it would take 7 DAYS! More longer than a one on your lip? Please help

I have a cold sore scab above my top lip and it looks horrible! It is so big! Is there ANYWAY to get rid of it or speed the healing process?? Is it true if the cold sore is on skin that it would take 7 DAYS! More longer than a one on your lip? Please help

Keep it moist: Once you have reached the scab stage, it just has to resolve on it's own. If you keep it moisturized with ointment, it will soften the scab and heal more quickly. If you have recurrent cold sores, consider having an antiviral onhand (pills and ointment). If you take or apply antivirals as soon as you begin to get symptoms (itching or burning), you can often abort the full blown cold sore. ...Read more

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What works in taking care of a cold sore scab?

What works in taking care of a cold sore scab?

Cold sores: 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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When a cold sore turns into a scab what should you do? Any creams or should you pick it off?

Don't pick t it!: When cold sore begins to have that funny sensation before it breaks out or very early on, taking antivirals would help. Once scabbed over, just let it heal on its own. Do not pick off the scab as it can get infected and scarred! ...Read more

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If you have conracted herpes what are there any other symptoms that you may show if you dont get a cold sore with open lession and scab?

Variety: Symptoms may include fever, enlarged neck nodes and pain with eating or drinking. You may also experience other symptoms such as pain, itching, and tingling possibly in the area where the cold sore may appear. ...Read more