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Does Neosporin Help Cold Sores
I had a number of cold sores and they are now healing and I have a large scab on my face. Should I put neosporin or anything to make it heal faster?
Cold sores: You could put neosporin on the open lesions but taking prophylactic antivirus may be better. In addition taking it when you have an outbreak may help better ...Read more
Doesn't have the: Desired effect. 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. Dermatologist can also provide laser tx. ...Read more
Cold sore: Yes you can especially if the ulcer is open but it will not leo with the resolution of the cold sore since its a viral infection not bacterial. You may want to try abreva OTC ointment which is an antiviral and will help expedite the resolution of cold sores. ...Read more
So will neosporin help the scab on the cold sore heal? It is toward the end of the cold sore. I just really would like it to go away by tomorrow
I had a very small cold sore that I made larger by using alcohol to clean it. Now I have a scab on lip. Using peroxide and neosporin. Is this best?
Can the hsv1 live on a qtip that had neosporin in it? .... I applied neosporin to my cold sore with the same qtip I used to clean my ear...
No risk, no worries: Self transfer of HSV to a new body area is rare. The immune system prevents it, so little or no risk even without neosporin. If there were some risk, the preserative in the ointment would kill the virus. However, I suggest you not use neosporin for herpes; it won't help and might even delay healting. Talk to MD about a prescription for valacyclovir to have on hand; single dose is very effective. ...Read more
Hi, I took Plan B and this one pimple on the corner of my mouth is still there, possibly a cold sore. How do I get rid of it? Neosporin has been help.
Have weepy painful blisters inside nose. Tried neosporin and cold sore treatments. No help. Am immunosuppressed. Had these blisters before, finally went away after weeks. Worry it could get worse.
Herpse Simplex: Painful nose blister are commonly cause by the herpes simplex virus, usually type I, the same virus that causes cold sores. The condition may be more severe & difficult to treat in the immunosuppressed patients. Bacterial infections such as impetigo may cause a similar process. Various form of topical and oral treatments are available. ...Read more
My cold sore in the corner of my mouth has scabbed over & is starting to crack and bleed making the healing process take longer. Will neosporin help?
Angular cheilitis?: A sore exactly in the corner of the mouth could be oral herpes (cold sore), but more likely is angular cheilitis, a different problem. It's often due to a superficial yeast infection, and antifungal creams may help. Neosporin probably won't help much. See your doctor and take it from there. Good luck! ...Read more
See a dentist: Treatment of sores in the mouth can vary dramatically depending on the cause of the sore. So it's wise to see a dentist or physician to diagnose and suggest an appropriate treatment. Cold sores can be controlled, but not cured. Until you can see the dentist/physician, keep the area clean with warm water rinses. If eating/drinking is painful, try bland foods. ...Read more
Find out "triggers": See if you can figure out what you do to cause them to erupt! Most patients have a "trigger", or something they eat or experience that brings the cold sores! It could be emotional stress, extended exposure to sunlight, exposure to certain foods like walnuts, citrus fruits, chocolate, etc! Also, with experience, most people can tell when a sore is starting, so they start the zovirax (acyclovir) that day! ...Read more
Options: Probably won't resolve overnight. 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
Early Treatment Best: Cold sore usually caused by herpes simplex virus. And not many antivirus meds around. One is valtrex (valacyclovir). This will help to cut down days of the infection. But it is better taken early before the break out, when you begin to feel tingling or soreness usually at the corner of the lip. The viruses usually "hide" in your trigeminal ganglion of your lower jaw nerve and break out when immune system is down. ...Read more
Possible herpes?: One possibility is herpes, which is a viral infection that lives in a nerve tract once it enters the body and may recur from time to time. Other possibilities may relate to pressure on the area or other dermatologic causes. Less obvious cause could even be gluten intolerance. All conjecture until a dermatologist actually sees it and hears more about the history. Don't try to treat it yourself. ...Read more
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