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Doctor insights on: Homemade Cold Sore Remedies

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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 generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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Can you let me know is ice a good cold sore remedy?

It will soothe only: But not cure or stop the progression of the lesion. If you leave it alone, it will go through its natural stages and go away on its own in 14-21 days. Your dentist can help in the early phases with a laser and can prescribe medications for remedy and prophylaxis (prevention). ...Read more

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What is a cold sore remedy that works within 2 days?

Laser tx: Your Dr can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat cold sores. Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1,000mg orally 3 times a day at onset, can also hasten healing. Cold sores will still ...Read more

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Can you tell me about cold sore remedy that actully works?

Can you tell me about cold sore remedy that actully works?

Remedies: 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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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's a good home remedy for a cold sore?

Check this out: 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. Check out this site for more info: http://www.Webmd.Com/oral-health/guide/canker-sores. ...Read more

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What at-home remedy do you use to clear up a cold sore?

What at-home remedy do you use to clear up a cold sore?

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

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I need to know what's an at-home remedy to clear up a cold sore?

I need to know what's an at-home remedy to clear up a cold sore?

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

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