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How Can I Prevent My Child From Getting Cold Sores
Recurrent cold sores: Recurrence cold sores may represent herpes simplex. After a culture of an active cold sore as well as possible blood tests, antiviral medication may help your problem quickly. If you are positive for herpes simplex, the condition is permanent. Sometimes daily medication is needed to prevent recurrence. Sometimes recurrences are treated on an individual episode basis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Antiviral: Topical medications like abreva and denavir may shorten the duration of an active cold sore outbreak somewhat, but through different mechanisms. Abreva has an advantage in that it is available without a prescription. Antivirals such as acyclovir or valcyclovir orally are more effective. ...Read more
I get cold sores before my period maybe twice a year. Is it normal to get cold sores before your period, what could be the cause and how can you prevent them?
Herpes virus: The herpes virus causes cold sores and outbreaks often happen during times of stress to you body, like your period. You can prevent them by trying to get good rest and avoiding stress. Talk to your doc to have some medicine, usually valacyclovir, on hand and begin taking it as soon as you feel the first sign it's coming. It will help shorten the length and severity of an outbreak. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can someone who gets frequent cold sores get a prescription to help prevent outbreaks? Like an antiviral of some kind?
Can be prevented: Cold sores on the lips or near the lips, are usually caused by oral herpes virus. Sores appear more often when a person is under stress or is sick from another illness. For older children and adults who get sores repeatedly, a doctor may prescribe an antiviral (acyclovir, Valtrex, etc...) to prevent future outbreaks, and/or to start treating them at the moment a lip area starts to tingle. ...Read more
Is there a cure for cold sores yet? If not what is the best prevention of them, I like being in the sun a lot and I'm afraid to get one every time
Cold sores : Herpes simplex is divided into two types: HSV type 1 and HSV type 2. Both of these conditions can affect your mouth or your genitals and can be spread via oral sex. There no cure for HSV infection and often stress is an aggravating factor. Cold sores generally clear up without treatment within 10-14 days. Abreva is an OTC topical remedy used to help speed healing and minimize pain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dozens of ways: Herpes simplex is a very common virus and the little girl may have gotten it from mom or dad, from other relatives or friends or her playmates. Easy to transmit, impossible to get rid of once you have it, although in many people episodes of clinical symptoms are minimized with time. ...Read more
Medication: Cold sores can be prevented by taking valtrex. When you feel the tingling sensation of a cold sore coming on then you take 2 tabs and 2 more tabs 12 hours later and the medication will prevent the cold sore from forming at best or shorten it's duration if it does form. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lowered immune : Valrex may be appropriate for you.Get a more detailed answer ›
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