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Doctor insights on: Cold Sore Treatment For Toddlers

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What's effective treatment for cold sore?

What's effective treatment for cold sore?

Pills: Valacyclovir is usual. Acyclovir cheaper but may be more difficult to use and less effective. For occasional episodes of recurrent herpes 2 gram [2 pills] taken immediately, preferably at first tingling prodrome, will ameliorate or even abort an attack. For frequent attacks we use 500mg valacyclovir daily to prevent attacks Various creams are available but not worth discussion because of meagre re ...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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Best treatment for a runny nose fever and sore throat?

Best treatment for a runny nose fever and sore throat?

See a doctor: When you start to have a fever, it's is time to see a doctor to see if you get bacterial rhino pharyngitis. Diagnosed and treated early might prevent it from getting worse, getting sinus or lung infection. ...Read more

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Suggestions for avoiding a cold sore outbreak?

Suggestions for avoiding a cold sore outbreak?

HSV Suppressive RX: Unfortunately, many patients and many physicians, are unaware of both the risk of asymptomatic transmission of herpes and how effective suppressive treatment can be in preventing it. If you are living with herpes and have one or more uninfected sexual partners, consider discussing the possible advantages of daily suppressive therapy with your doctor. Take prescription Valtrex (valacyclovir) 500-1000mg daily. ...Read more

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Doctor recommended home remedy for congestion and sore throat?

Doctor recommended home remedy for congestion and sore throat?

Tips: Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & asmall amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. Fever/ pain – acetaminophen/ nsaid’s rest! ...Read more

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Is there an easy cure for sore throat and runny nose?

Is there an easy cure for sore throat and runny nose?

Allergies: This sounds like allergies with a post nasal drip irritating the throat. Best to avoid what seems to cause the allergy, use otc meds such as Claritin or allegra if able and gargle with salt water a few times a day. The warm salt water will help soothe the throat ...Read more

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What are some home cures for a stuffy nose and sore throat?

What are some home cures for a stuffy nose and sore throat?

Remedies: For significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test & culture. Antibiotics are imperative for Strep Throat. Try saltwater gargles. Mix tsp of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle w this several times/day. You can gargle w Aloe Vera juice a couple of times per day. A mix of chamomile tea w honey & a small amt of lemon juice helps. Neti pot helps. ...Read more

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Are doctors working toward a cure for cold sore?

Pesky virus!: Right now no medication exists that will kill a virus, including the herpes virus that causes cold sores. Research is being done in this field, and anyone who develops such a medication will probably get the Nobel prize! ...Read more

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Is there a homeopathic remedy for toddler cold and slight fever?

Is there a homeopathic remedy for toddler cold and slight fever?

Not enough info but: Homeopathy can be very helpful for colds but treatment is highly individualized; 10 people with colds may need 10 different remedies.You don't provide enough info for me but this website may help you choose a remedy: http://health.Hpathy.Com/common-cold_hugall.Asp i also advise pelargonium sidoides, sold as umcka, a herb proven effective for colds.It's labelled as "homeopathic" but is more herbal. ...Read more

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What to take for sore throats from a cold?

What to take for sore throats from a cold?

Hot tea: And the juice of two limes or lemons. Eat or drink pineapple juice. ...Read more

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Is there any treatment for sore throat and cough?

Is there any treatment for sore throat and cough?

Agree w Dr Pascolini: If you have a significantly sore throat w swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see your medical provider ; get a streph throat test ; culture. Saltwater gargles are very helpful. Mix a teaspoon of salt in 8 oz of warm water – gargle with this several times a day. You can gargle with aloe vera juice a couple of times per day. A mixture of chamomile tea with honey ; a small amount of lemon juice is good. ...Read more

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Please describe the most effective treatment for a cold sore?

Please describe the most effective treatment for a cold sore?

Best RX is TIME: The lesion undergoes a series of changes and heals over 14-21 days--after which the virus goes dormant. Anti-viral drugs based on Acyclovir are available by prescription and can be taken as a preventive med. Otc meds, like abreva, have variable success rates. I often use a laser to help stop the progression of the lesion if my patient presents during the prodrome phase--see your dentist early ...Read more

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What is the best OTC cold medicine for 10 yr old healthy child? Running nose, itchy throat with mucus, sneezing, headache- no fever, no flu symptoms

What is the best OTC cold medicine for 10 yr old healthy child? Running nose, itchy throat with mucus, sneezing, headache- no fever, no flu symptoms

Ibuprofen and Honey: Believe it or not, raw honey, 1 to 2 teaspoons every 4 to 6 hours, is very beneficial. Also a good dose of Ibuprofen every 6 hours can be greatly helpful. ...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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I have a mild headache, sore neck, sore throat, nasal congestion, and chills. What's a good OTC medicine to take? Are zinc lozenges effective at all?

I have a mild headache, sore neck, sore throat, nasal congestion, and chills. What's a good OTC medicine to take? Are zinc lozenges effective at all?

See a doctor: Sore throat and neck ache and headaches could be associated with a number of potentially dangerous illnesses that may need antibiotics to treat. See your doctor who may send cultures and prescribe antibiotics if needed. ...Read more

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What are quick relief/remedies for cold sores?

Cold Sores: 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. Your dermatologist can also provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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Day 4 of cold virus; with severe cough. No fever. Now no voice for 2 days.At what point would a visit to clinic be necessary? Remedies for laryngitis?

Day 4 of cold virus; with severe cough. No fever. Now no voice for 2 days.At what point would a visit to clinic be necessary? Remedies for laryngitis?

Clarify: I am presuming your question is about your son? Age? Based on the information given including history and meds, would suggest seeing a primary care doc. For an adult with no other history a viral illness is self limiting. But that is not the case for the history mentioned so seeking help us acceptable. Best of luck ...Read more

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Sore throat and no other cold symptoms. Can i still take cold medicine?

Sore throat and no other cold symptoms. Can i still take cold medicine?

Sore Throat: You certainly can take cold medicines, but they are usually used to treat symptoms for which you are really not complaining. The common cold medicines are used to treat nasal stuffiness and congestion and runny nose. If you are not having those symptoms, it doesn't make sense to take a drug for a symptom you are not suffering. For sore throat, increase fluids, gargle and take tylenol (acetaminophen). See dr. ...Read more

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8m w/ upper respiratory cold per reg dr. Tylenol (acetaminophen) occasionally needed for fever. Sore throat and cough. Any remedies? Refusing bottle. Still semi-playf

8m w/ upper respiratory cold per reg dr. Tylenol (acetaminophen) occasionally needed for fever. Sore throat and cough. Any remedies? Refusing bottle. Still semi-playf

Work on fluids: At 8m your kid can benefit from the fluid value of applesauce (95% water) or pureed veggies (60%) as well as a sippy cup.Hydration is your best insurance for maintaining babies system as s/he improves. If not taking well enough to wet every 6 hrs a recheck is advised. ...Read more