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How Can I Prevent My Child From Getting Cold Sores
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
Antiviral: Topical medications like abreva and denavir (penciclovir) 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
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
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
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, (valacyclovir) etc...) to prevent future outbreaks, and/or to start treating them at the moment a lip area starts to tingle. ...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
Be Well: Give yourself lots of tender loving care: eat right, exercise, get rest, balance work/play. When life's out of whack, then we don't fight off infection as well ... And cold sores can break out. Think of it as a yellow flag warning that something's out of balance. 4 or more outbreaks of cold sores in a year? Talk with your doc about daily antiviral rx to prevent more cold sores. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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