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What can help my cold sore heal?

What can help my cold sore heal?

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

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 do you heal a cold sore quickly?

How do you heal a cold sore quickly?

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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Please tell me how to heal a cold sore?

Please tell me how to heal a cold sore?

Try this: Hene laser may increase healing by 50%. It is thought to increase blood circulation and/or release nitric oxide. It will also decrease the pain. ...Read more

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What should I take to heal a cold sore quickly?

Lysine?: 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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What approaches work best to heal a cold sore fast?

Lemon balm / Lysine: 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. Supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. ...Read more

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I was wondering how I could heal a cold sore. Help please?

See your doctor: Your doctor can prescribe an antiviral to help heal the cold sores, . ...Read more

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What can I do to get a cold sore to heal faster its painful?

What can I do to get a cold sore to heal faster its painful?

Options: 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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Can someone tell me how long will it take my cold sore to heal?

Can someone tell me how long will it take my cold sore to heal?

Burning and pain: A cold sore is caused by a common virus-herpes simplex. They begin as a burning sensation in the lip area and this is followed by the formation of a blister. The blister ruptures and leaves a painful ulceration that then crusts over and heals within 10-14 days. There are some topical agents that can speed healing or abort the formation of the blister if caught early. ...Read more

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I was wondering are my prenatals helping my cold sore heal faster?

I have not heard of: Prenatal vitamins being used to heal cold sores. ...Read more

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What might I do to heal a cold sore that's just starting and how do I hide it?

What might I do to heal a cold sore that's just starting and how do I hide it?

Lemon Balm: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. Hide it? ...Read more

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Does gentamicin heal a cold sore?

Herpes is a virus: Nope. Gentamicin is an antibiotic (which means it is used to treat bacterial infections.) herpes is a virus. There are three common herpes medications available by prescription. ...Read more

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How quickly does zilactin heal a cold sore?

How quickly does zilactin heal a cold sore?

It won't: It may moisten it, but won't cure it. Only perscription antiviral meds, topical and oral, can improve a true cold sore. And even then, the meds needs to be taken very early in the outbreak, within the first 24-48 hours to have much effect. Most cold sores last 10-14 days. Time is what is going to heal you. ...Read more

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Can a cold sore heal without ever scabbing? If so, how do you know when it has fully healed?

Can a cold sore heal without ever scabbing? If so, how do you know when it has fully healed?

Officially, "no": If a person has a history of cold sores, and there is a tingling spot on the lip (maybe slightly swollen and/or slightly reddened), and she quickly takes antivirals which stop the cold sore from fully developing, then it may go away without scabbing (it may peel slightly). Since the blisters did not form, the "cold sore" did not truly happen. If the sore fully developed, there would be scabbing. ...Read more

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I have an awards night tomorrow! And I want this cold sore too heal! What's the fastest way?

Probably not that: Fast. 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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Can I give oral to my partner now that my cold sore is healing or is it best to let it heal completely?

Healing cold sore: You can infect your partner so avoid contact with anyone until the cold sore has healed completely. ...Read more

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How can I make lips heal after a cold sore?

Healing: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. ...Read more

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Home from college with a cold sore, how to heal it?

Cold sores: Your physician can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat 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. ...Read more

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How to make a cold sore scab heal faster so I won't shed?

How to make a cold sore scab heal faster so I won't 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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I had a cold sore which heal and now I have redness where the cold sore used to be, does this heal?

Cold sore erythema: Yes, it should heal just like when you cut yourself it scabs, then is red, and then the redness eventually fades ...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 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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Is it safe to kiss my partner when my cold sore is healing or do I have to wait till it heals completely?

Is it safe to kiss my partner when my cold sore is healing or do I have to wait till it heals completely?

Wait till it heals: Oral herpes is caused type I could transmitted to genitals from unhealed spares, Genital herpes is usually due to type II. ...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

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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What to do if I have a cold sore and a canker sore how do I heal it?

What to do if I have a cold sore and a canker sore how do I heal it?

Cold sores & Canker: Both of these lesions can be treated with a laser. Cold sores can be prevented with some new medications that are available with a prescription. Cankers can be prevented by relieving stress. ...Read more