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How do I get rid of a cold sore?

How do I get rid of a cold sore?

Oral antiviral.: The only effective treatments for cold sores are the oral antivirals, such as Valtrex (valacyclovir) and famvir. Topical cold sore treatments, no matter what you've heard or read, have little or no effect. Treatment can be intermittent or continuous, depending on location and frequency of episodes. Your doctor or a dermatologist can determine what you need and write the prescription. ...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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How do I get rid of a spot/ cold sore quickly?

How do I get rid of a spot/ cold sore quickly?

Your doctor can: Prescribe Valtrex (valacyclovir) for a cold sore . 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

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How do I get rid of a cold sore fast?

How do I get rid of a cold sore fast?

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

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How do I get rid of a cold sore overnight?

Not overnight: 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). ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a cold sore fast please?

Rest and medication: Stress is by far the most common cause of cold sore which is the recurrence of herpes viral infection. It is a self limiting condiction and normally heal in 2 weeks. Rest and stress control will help the healing process. Certain medicatons such as Acyclovir can speed the healing but not too much. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of my cold sore fast..? Please help me

Homeopathy: As your symptoms of ypur cold are not specific, i can't give you a name of an otc homeopathic medicine but "coldcalm" a mix of different homeoparhic ingerdients. It is safe, inexpensive and helps to reduce the strength of your cold. Good luck! ...Read more

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What to do if it pains all the time and even more so when I touch/pull the skin around it. it's also a little larger than an average cold sore. how do I get rid of it?

Herpetic lesion?: 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

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How do I get rid of a cold sore on top of my lip?

How do I get rid of a cold sore on top of my lip?

Which lip?: Leave it alone and it will go away by itself. If you wish you can use herpacin or other topicals on the lips of the mouth, or zovirax (acyclovir) on the lips of the vagina. ...Read more

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I have a scab from a cold sore, how do I get rid of it?

I have a scab from a cold sore, how do I get rid of it?

It can heal w/o: Specific treatment. But it is important that you remember that even in a scab phase that you are infectious. Thus you don't want to pick at a scab ; transmit the virus to others. Wash hands after touching cold sore. ...Read more