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Once cold sore scabs over, should you keep it moisturized or dry out?

Once cold sore scabs over, should you keep it moisturized or dry out?

Keep moist: Once a wound has scabbed over, it does tend to heal better when it stays moist, at least until the scab comes off. Vaseline works really well for this. ...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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How many scabs form for a cold sore until it's completely healed?

Cold sores: In general, most cold sores will resolve within 10-14 days. There is no science in predicting how many scabs a sore has to go through before it is completely healed. That can depend on a lot of factors, such as a patient picking at the lesion over and over. All the best! ...Read more

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I have a cold sore it scabbed and fell off but now looks like another scab is forming i'm wondering how many scabs have to before it's completely gone?

I have a cold sore it scabbed and fell off but now looks like another scab is forming i'm wondering how many scabs have to before it's completely gone?

One or more: No magic number, depends on skin conditions, moisture, picking at it, etc. More important is how well-healed / progressed the lesion is under scab when/if it comes off. ...Read more

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I never get cold sores in my nose, but have blown my nose a lot and irritated it. 3 tiny scabs came that don't hurt to touch, could it be a cold sore?

I never get cold sores in my nose, but have blown my nose a lot and irritated it. 3 tiny scabs came that don't hurt to touch, could it be a cold sore?

Possibly: Possibly it could be an infection transmitted via contact but it could just be abrasion from multiple blowing the nose and wiping the nose. A medicated ointment would help. ...Read more

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Cold sore may have brushed the very slightest against his lips. Almost gone and scabs came off. Left with mark that hurts on my lip. Will he get it! ?

Cold sore may have brushed the very slightest against his lips. Almost gone and scabs came off. Left with mark that hurts on my lip. Will he get it! ?

Possible: It is possible that he will get it but it is also possible that he already has the virus and has just not had an outbreak yet or that he didn't get exposed to enough virus to get it. Wish I could give you a more definite answer but only time will tell for sure. ...Read more

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Is it bad to peal off my cold sore scab?

YES, it is bad: It will expose the fluids which are teaming with viruses. Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. >. ...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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What can you do after the scab of a cold sore fell off?

Scabbing: Remain aware that even if the scab is no longer on the cold sore that you can still spread herpes through viral shedding. ...Read more

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How to make a cold sore scab heal faster so I wont shed?

How to make a cold sore scab heal faster so I wont shed?

Choices offerred: Medically the options are: 1. Topical 2. Oral pills. Over the counter topical are focused on symptomatic relief-not much for decreasing healing time. Prescription meds like topical acyclovir/penciclovir reduces healing time by 1/2 day as well as decrease pain. Oral meds like famvir/valtrex/zovirax decrease the duration during an outbreak of herpes simplex-cold sores. ...Read more

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What should I put on my cold sore that has started to scab?

Cold Sore: If it is scabbing it is almost healed so nothing or a little vasoline so it does not open when you move your lips. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a cold sore scab to fall off?

Resolution.: Cold sores usually resolve within 7 to 10 days if left untreated. ...Read more

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I am leaving for the beach tomorrow and want to know if there is a way to heal the cold sore scab any faster?

Healing scab? Not: That i know of . 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). Laser treatments are also used to treat cold sores. ...Read more

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I picked a scab off my cold sore and now the skin is pink what do I do?

I picked a scab off my cold sore and now the skin is pink what do I do?

Nothing: The area below a sore is somewhat raw, hence the color. Clean area well.Not to worry. ...Read more