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Doctor insights on: How To Make A Cold Sore Scab Heal Faster So I Wont Shed

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How to make a cold sore scab heal faster so I wont shed?

How to make a cold sore scab heal faster so I wont shed?

Choices offerred: Medically the options are: 1. Topical 2. Oral pills. Over the counter topical are focused on symptomatic relief-not much for decreasing healing time. Prescription meds like topical acyclovir/penciclovir reduces healing time by 1/2 day as well as decrease pain. Oral meds like famvir/valtrex/zovirax decrease the duration during an outbreak of herpes simplex-cold sores. ...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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I am leaving for the beach tomorrow and want to know if there is a way to heal the cold sore scab any faster?

I am leaving for the beach tomorrow and want to know if there is a way to heal the cold sore scab any faster?

Healing scab? Not: That i know of . 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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How can I get rid of a cold sore scab fast?

How can I get rid of a cold sore scab fast?

Cold sore tx: Your Dr can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat cold sores. Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1,000mg orally 3 times a day at onset, can also hasten healing. Can't tell you how > ...Read more

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Can a cold sore heal without ever scabbing? If so, how do you know when it has fully healed?

Can a cold sore heal without ever scabbing? If so, how do you know when it has fully healed?

Officially, "no": If a person has a history of cold sores, and there is a tingling spot on the lip (maybe slightly swollen and/or slightly reddened), and she quickly takes antivirals which stop the cold sore from fully developing, then it may go away without scabbing (it may peel slightly). Since the blisters did not form, the "cold sore" did not truly happen. If the sore fully developed, there would be scabbing. ...Read more

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How do I heal a scar that left a crater on my cheek from a cold sore scab that was picked?

How do I heal a scar that left a crater on my cheek from a cold sore scab that was picked?

Facial scarring: See a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. They are trained to deal with situations like this. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of my cold sore faster? Its not a cold sore anymore. Its just a scab. And im taking lysine already. Is there a way i can get rid of it faster?

Comfortable: Don't play with it. 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