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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?

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

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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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Does neosporin speed healing for cold sores at the corner of the mouth?

Does neosporin speed healing for cold sores at the corner of the mouth?

Not usually: Neosporin has antibacterial properties that may prevent a secondary bacterial infection, but herpes viral cold sore infections will not resolve quicker with neosporin. ...Read more

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Can you use neosporin for a cold sore?

Can you use neosporin for a cold sore?

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

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Can you tell me if I could put neosporin on my cold sore?

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

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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

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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.

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

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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?

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

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Do cold sores itch?

Do cold sores itch?

They can: A cold sore is a lesion with blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril & sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain & itching. ...Read more

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How can I cure my cold sores?

How can I cure my cold sores?

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

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Do cold sores always surface?

Do cold sores always surface?

Yes: A cold sore is described as being visible so if it is a cold sore, it surfaces. ...Read more

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How to remove cold sores fast?

How to remove cold sores fast?

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

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How do you contract cold sores?

Direct contact: Cold sores or herpes simplex virus infections. It is spread by direct contact with actively flared blistering lesions. ...Read more

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How can I address a cold sores?

How can I address a cold sores?

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

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How come I get cold sores a lot?

Cold sores: Cold sores are caused by a herpes virus that stays in your body. When you are mentally or physically stressed the herpes virus travels out along the nerve and produces a cold sore. Lack of sleep, illness, mental stress can all cause frequent cold sores. ...Read more

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How can cold sores be transmitted?

Direct Contact: Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv). They are typically transmitted through broken skin. Sometimes through kissing, sharing eating utensils or drinking cups, or other forms of touching another person's saliva. ...Read more

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What can cause consrant cold sores?

Something else: Usually cold sores come and go...Maybe you have something else... I would suggest seeing an oral medicine specialist. ...Read more

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How to remove cold sores overnight?

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

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Suffering from your cold sores. Help?

Suffering from your cold sores. Help?

Easy: Get some lysine from the health food store. Take one a day until the sore clears. If it comes back, use the lysine on a regular basis. Clean up your diet. ...Read more

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Should my child swin with cold sores?

Should my child swin with cold sores?

Here is the: Issue. A child can swim with a cold sore. But, having been a life guard before, we were told not to allow people to swim at public pools with open wounds for sanitation reasons. ...Read more

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Could I give my girlfriend cold sores?

Yes: Cold sores are viral and are contagious. The virus is active and can be passed on just before and after the cold sore lesion show up. If your girlfriend has developed an immunity to the virus then she probably won't develop a cold sore when exposed to the virus. ...Read more

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Why causes multiple cold sores at once?

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Herpetic lesion: Small, multiple cold sores is the cause of herpetic lesion, and should be treated with antiviral medication. ...Read more

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 what's the best way to treat cold sores?

 what's the best way to treat cold sores?

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

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How to you get cold sores on your bottom?

How to you get cold sores on your bottom?

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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How can you stop cold sores from forming?

Avoid triggers: If you tend to get cold sores. Triggers for cold sores can include illness, stress, fatigue, becoming physically cold, dry air, UV rays (sun), mouth trauma or one's period. Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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What are the stages of cold sores episodes?

3 I know of: Itchiness, eruption (seeing the sore) which can last 10-14 days and resolution. ...Read more