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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 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lysine?: Cures are difficult. Palliative treatment (less pain while healing) include otc's like zylactin, herpecin. If cold sores are frequent and debilitating, your doctor can prescribe preventative medicines. Staying healthy helps cold sores heal faster. Some believe lysine helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tips: 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 valtrex. ...Read more
Lemon balm: 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. ...Read more
A volatile solvent: Many times a herpetic (cold sore) lesion can be aborted if caught in the 'premonition' phase (when you feel the burning sensation) by the topical application of a volatile solvent such as ether or chloroform. I should be applied topically with a q-tip and sparingly. Dab it with the solvent three or four times and repeat a few hours later. If the lesion has already appeared, it can't be stopped. ...Read more
No absolute cure...: Cold sores are caused by labial herpes virus which is also called type 1 herpes simplex virus( genital is type 2). This virus hides in nerve terminals so to say and when there is some type of stress it may show up again. It can be treated at the moment it appears with medication that encourages the virus to leave the area but it will not "kill"'it or avoid it from hiding in the nerves again. ...Read more
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