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How Can I Cure My Cold Sores Without Having To Use Drugs
Use ice cube: Cold sores caused by herpes virus are not really cured since the virus continues to reside in the nerve. Some anti-viral medications may help lessen the severity if used early. If you can feel the cold sore coming - prodromal sign - tingling sensation in the usual spot you get cold sores - you could apply an ice cube to that spot. It has been reported that this reduces the virus replication. ...Read more
See your dentist: Cold sores are a result of HSV infection. There are multiple medications that work GREAT for treating cold sores. Get with your dentist and try a few to see what works best. If you are a holistic person, some people like to take L-Lysine on a regular basis; it inhibits the entry of arginine into the cell which is a precursor for viral replication. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Triggers?: 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). 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. Brief supplementation ...Read more
How do I dry out genital herpes on the anus? What can I use for itching? I am on xarelto and i can't take most medicines and i'm afraid to try
Denavir (penciclovir): You cannot really prevent cold sores, but you can cut the time short and even stop them from blistering and getting too big. Most people experience a tingling aura when a cold sore is coming on. If you apply a prescription medication like Denavir (penciclovir) during this early phase and then continue to apply it 4 or 5 times a day in the area, you can stop or shorten the time of a cold sore. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tough question: If your asthma is triggered by an allergy (animal dander, pollen,etc) removing as much of these as possible is a start. Removing rugs, carpeting, enclosing your mattress in an appropriate plastic cover is also a good start. If your asthma is exercise induced, take notice of the temperature outside when you exercise and have an attack. To be without a "resuce" inhaler is probably not a good idea ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Oral antiviral: Topical application of an antiviral is of questionable value, however you can get a prescription from your physician or dentist for valcyclovir 1g 1 tablet a day which must be taken when the prodromal symptoms appear. Keep them on hand because if you wait until you feel the symptoms it will probably be too late for the medicine to be effective. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mother nature?: Does mother nature live at your house? You can't really cure it. Your body will heal it over time. Rinsing with warm salt water and diluted 3% hydrogen peroxide (1:1 with water) may help it feel better. There are many otc remedies at your local pharmacy or supermarket. ...Read more
Your doctor can: prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). 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. Brief supplementation w lysine 1,000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. Your dermatologist can provide laser treatments. ...Read more
No cure, just v sxs: 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
Options: Consider making tea with 2 tsp of marshmallow root bark per 1cup of hot water (steep in a covered pot for at least 5 minutes). Drink several times a day or as needed to relieve throat pain. Try adding 2 tsp of slippery elm bark to 1 cup of hot water (steep for at least 5 minutes in a covered teapot). Drink this as needed to relieve pain or a few times per day. Try slippery elm bark lozenges. ...Read more
Lemon balm: Talk to his doctor about use 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. ...Read more
Can I use monistat to ease the itch and pain of herpes while taking Acyclovir? If not how do I relief symptoms?
Monistat won't help: unless there is an accompanying fungal infection, as for the pain: you may want to inform your doctor about it, herpes infection can cause neuralgia which can be painfull, pain killers may help or at times Rx meds as gabapentin, so better ask your doctor if acetaminophen / NSAIDs won't work, good luck ...Read more
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