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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 very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and 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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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 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?

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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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

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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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How do I get rid of swollen lip from cold sore?

How do I get rid of swollen lip from cold sore?

Cold Sores: Applying ice helps. 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). Laser treatments are also used to treat cold sores. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an ugly bump on my lip that looks like a cold sore! how do I get rid of it?

Comfortable: Stop playing with it or it will get bigger. Do anything that makes you comfortable. It takes about 2 weeks to go away no matter what you seem to do. However check with your pharmacy for a few items that may make you more comfortable - remember that they generally do not shorten the 2 week time. ...Read more

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I have a blackhead on my lip, and popped it. After, it turned into a cold sore. How do I get rid of this?

Tips: 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. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have a fever blister/cold sore in my lip and its itchy, how do I get rid of it?

What do you recommend if I have a fever blister/cold sore in my lip and its itchy, how do I get rid of it?

See your doctor re:: Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. 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. Laser treatments are also used to treat cold sores. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a fever blister/cold sore? Can i put hand sanitizer?

Sanitizer: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown instudies to help expedite 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 (valacyclovir). I don't believe that hand sanitizer will heal it. ...Read more

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Got huge cold sore on chin and swollen glands and headache. I'm not eating much and taking laxatives. Is there a connection? How do i get rid of it?

Got huge cold sore on chin and swollen glands and headache. I'm not eating much and taking laxatives. Is there a connection? How do i get rid of it?

See your MD: Please visit your MD for a history and physical. Laxative use should be directed by a physician and stool softener a are safer to use. Ensure proper nutrition to stay healthy and give your body the ability to fight infection. MD will diagnose the sore on your chin and evaluate your conditions. Good luck. ...Read more

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How get rid of cold sore fast?

How get rid of cold sore fast?

Options - not fast: Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). 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. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your dermatologist can also provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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How can 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

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How can you get rid of a cold sore?

Viral Infection: It is called herpes labiales simplex.It dries up withthe application of kenalog (triamcinolone) in orabase. Some use the newer antifungal cream. ...Read more

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