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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 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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Have a canker sore or cold sore won't go away I'm scared and my vagina burns and I deal with depression and kinda in a bad place right now?

Have a canker sore or cold sore won't go away I'm scared and my vagina burns and I deal with depression and kinda in a bad place right now?

Multiple issues: Cold sores are on the external lips & respond well to topical lemon balm oil whereas canker sores are on tongue, gums or inner mouth & respond to licorice lozenges. There are many causes of vaginitis but it's readily treated-see a doc for diagnosis/treatment.
While meds can help depression, exercise, counseling & supplements can help too. Vitamin/mineral deficiencies & hypothyroidism can contribute. ...Read more

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My cold sore went away a week ago and It left 3 small pinkish bumps that won't go away. What should I do?

Nothing: Give it some time. None of the creams are as effective as prescription valacyclovir or Acyclovir pills taken at the very onset (prodrome) of the next attack. Get your prescription now so you will be prepared to take (usually 2 Grams) at the first tingling next attack. It is very safe. ...Read more

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I'm on valrex. There is a huge, cold sore and I'm putting oitment on it constantly, but the swelling won't go away! Any other ideas?

I'm on valrex. There is a huge, cold sore and I'm putting oitment on it constantly, but the swelling won't go away! Any other ideas?

Possible infection: Cold sores can become infected with bacteria although they are initially caused by a virus. When that happens they are worse than usual and resistent to usual therapy. You could try antibiotic ointment but I would recommend seeing your doctor for a culture of the sore and appropriate antibiotics if things continue since rarely a fungus can be involved. ...Read more

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How long do a cold sore take to go away?

How long do a cold sore take to go away?

Varies: It can go away very quickly if treated appropriately, however if it's picked at too much it can leave irritation that may stick around for 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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How do I make a cold sore go away overnight?

Difficult: There is no overnight cure for cold sores. You can reduce the length of outbreak by early use of prescription antiviral medications as well as topical creams. Discuss treatment / prevention options with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible to make a cold sore go away over night?

Is it possible to make a cold sore go away over night?

Possible, but rare: Very unlikely.

If you see a dentist at the very earliest signs of a cold sore developing (the itch or tingle stage) and your dentist treats it with a soft tissue laser (without actually touching it) and treats it with activated oxygen (ozone) and had you apply ozonated olive oil, it will go away much faster, but probably not overnight. ...Read more

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What to do when you get a cold sore and want it to go away?

What to do when you get a cold sore and want it to go away?

Prescription.: Your dentist or doctor can prescribe medication called orabase with Benzocaine that will help with the pain

i laser these with my waterlase md dental laser. Takes 2 minutes to treat and relief is in 1 hour to 24 hours shortening the 10 day cycle. Most "cold sores" will run their course in 10 days and can be triggered by stress sun or a herpetic virus. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a cold sore to go away?

Cold sore: Most often 7 to 10 days, as little as 4 days sometimes. Shorter time course with appropriate medications. ...Read more

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Can salt help make a cold sore go away?

Can salt help make a cold sore go away?

NO: But it will not hurt. The best way to get a cold sore to heal faster is to take prescription valacylovir 2 grams or Acyclovir 4000-8000mg at the very first tingling (prodrome) warning that a cold sore is coming. The longer the delay the less effective it is, so you need to have it handy for immediate use. Forget about any creams: they don't do much. Forget about lysine because it does nothing. ...Read more

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I have a cold sore now! How do I make it go away fast?

Your doctor can: Prescribe Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral which can actually help regarding transmission to others. Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream). Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. Your dermatologist can provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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Got first cold sore 6 months ago after planning a stressful event. I still have them now (early and late symptoms). How can I make it go away?

Got first cold sore 6 months ago after planning a stressful event. I still have them now (early and late symptoms). How can I make it go away?

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). Laser treatments are also used to treat cold sores. ...Read more

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I have what looks like a cold sore on the side of my tounge was bad a few days ago but is now startin to go away should I go to the dr or wait it out?

Can wait: As long as it's improving, evaluation isn't needed. Avoiding nuts and oatmeal may be helpful in clearing cold sores. Taking lysine, an Amino Acid supplement may help cold sores clear faster too. The usual dose is 500mg twice daily. ...Read more

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After scabbing over how long does it take a cold sore to go away?

After scabbing over how long does it take a cold sore to go away?

Cold sores: Cold sores usually resolve in 7 to 10 days when no intervention is used.
Here is the problem - the herpes virus can still be shed even when there are no active lesions. ...Read more

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Are there ways to make my cold sore in my mouth go away?

If it is from the he: Herpes virus then PO Valtrex (valacyclovir) the dose is 2 grams now and 2 grams in 12 hours please call your gyn. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for cold sore/blister to go away?

Generally 10-14 days: Without medication each sore takes 10-14 days to go away. However, you can have multiple sores that come up before one resolves and some people always have an active sore soemwhere. Your dentist or md can prescribe meds to help prevent outbreaks. ...Read more

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Is puting fresh garlic clove on a cold sore a good home remedy to make them go away faster?

No: Cold sores are due to an activation of a virus in the tissue. These often become visible when there is irritation including excessive sunlight, colds and other stresses. A garlic clove may further aggravate the area. ...Read more

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What should I do to make a cold sore on lip go away?

What should I do to make a cold sore on lip go away?

Apply ice: 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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Hello. How common is Oral herpes (Cold sore)? I know it don't go away. Is it dangerous? I have had it since childhood. I get it when its cold.

Hello. How common is Oral herpes (Cold sore)? I know it don't go away. Is it dangerous? I have had it since childhood. I get it when its cold.

Herpes Type One: Herpes simplex is usually found in 75% of the humans in the Western World. It may vary by a point or two depending on the country. Most people get them from family members during childhood. ...Read more

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I have a cold sore. Other than using zovirax (acyclovir) what else can I put on it to make it go away fast?

Eat Yogurt: Herpes simplex virus is when you get little cold sores on the outside of your mouth or the tip of your nose.
Try not to touch the cold sore, you could spred it to other parts of your face or eyes.
Steep a tea bag then cool it- apply to cold sore to releive pain.
Lysine, 3, 000 milligrams daily until the sore goes away. Or eat yogurt which is rich in lysine.
You can buy lip clear which has lysine. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a cold sore to go away on the lip? And what can I get for it?

Cold sore: Most cold sores are due to a herpes virus. This can be verified with your doctor. Over the counter abreva has some benefit. If it is a herpes virus, several antivirals could be prescribed. It will usually last 5-7 days to heal. ...Read more

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How do I treat a cold sore? I have a cold sore on my lip that is about ready to go away but then another one showed up, how do I treat it?

How do I treat a cold sore? I have a cold sore on my lip that is about ready to go away but then another one showed up, how do I treat it?

Antiviral: There are both topical and oral antivirals that will shorten the course of a cold sore outbreak. The lesions come from herpes simplex virus (hsv) and will break out when you are stressed or your immune system is challenged. Treatment doses vary depending upon whether you're treating a new infection or preventing one. See your doctor for guidance. ...Read more

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The corner of my lip is super dry and chapped. It hurts to open my mouth I think maybe it's a cold sore but I'm not sure. How do I make it go away?

The corner of my lip is super dry and chapped. It hurts to open my mouth I think maybe it's a cold sore but I'm not sure. How do I make it go away?

Angular Cheilitis: There is a condition called cheilitis where lesions develop in the corners of the mouth and they can be persistent. They can be from lip-licking, nutrient deficiencies, dry mouth etc. These can become subject to opportunistic infections. Using a topical antibiotic and discouraging harmful behaviors (lip licking) may help. ...Read more

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After I picked the cold sore now I'm left with this pink spot on my lip. Will this pink spot go away? It's been 2 weeks now. I've been applying Neospo

It will heal: Throw away the neosporin and use Aquaphor or vaseline. It will heal without a scar. Neosporin is not effective for skin infections, but often causes allergic reactions. Same for bacitracin and triple antibiotic. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a cold sore/ fever blister to go away when using abreva?

How long does it take for a cold sore/ fever blister to go away when using abreva?

4-5 days: Abreva is a medicament (not an anti-viral) which the fda has approved to be used in shortening the life of cold sores. ...Read more