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How To Treat A Cold Sore Or Blister Over The Counter Meds
Can the medicine anbesol actually help to get rid of a cold sore or does it just relieve the pain of one?
Pain: It will alleviate the pain only.Get a more detailed answer ›
What topical over the counter ointment or cream can I use to treat a boil that just started to form?
Lemon balm: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. May half healing time. ...Read more
Calamine lotion: No medicine will clear up shingles. However you can try to put some soothing cream on the area to keep it from being uncomfortable. ...Read more
You may: Oral herpes is usually self limited and does not require treatment. If it is persistent or problematic, you should consult your doctor for an evaluation of immune system. Using over the counter products will not do any harm and may not do any good either. You may consult this site for detailed information. http://www.emedicinehealth.com/oral_herpes/article_em.htm. ...Read more
Any creams or medications OTC or prescription that you can put on genital herpes sore to speed healing & alleviate pain?
Is a cold sore and a cranker sore same thing, can abreva 10% cream treat both sores? And do u usually have more than one sore if it is a cold sore ?
More or less: Canker sore is usually used for ulcers on mucus membranes, cold sores usually occur on the skin of the lips. You can have more than one cold sore at the same time. Abreva will help. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
What are some good OTC medicines or tips for a cold/sore throat before it progresses to bronchitis?
Both about same: Carmex ($) will dry the region upon which it is applied and can act as a soothing agent while shedding the outer layers of skin. Abreva ($$) is thought to act by inhibiting the fusion of the human cell with the viral envelope of the herpes virus, thus preventing its replication. It's mechanism has been questioned in a few studies. Your dentist can offer better: rx, chemical and/or laser treatment. ...Read more
Depends: There are a few middle ear infections that are triggered by viruses and heal on their own within a few days.Simple pain control is all that would be a benefit. However, true pus generating middle ear infections are caused by bacteria & require antibiotics for cure. Untreated they can go on to cause complications including mastoid infections/hearing loss. Have it evaluated soon if not improved ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Boils: Apply warm compresses and soak the boil in warm water. This will decrease the pain and help draw the pus to the surface. Once the boil comes to a head, it will burst with repeated soakings. This usually occurs within 10 days of its appearance. You can make a warm compress by soaking a wash cloth in warm water and squeezing out the excess moisture. See your doctor if not improved. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Doesn't have the : Desired effect. 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. Dermatologist can also provide laser tx. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is the first time I see a hsv-2 lesion in the eye, can still cause blindness? What OTC can I use to relief the pain and fast healing?
Taking a risk: How do you know this is HSV-2? Do you have it elsewhere? Herpes on the eye can be destructive and can scar, affecting the final vision permanently. Do you see a white spot on the cornea? and especially if you are a contact lens wearer? This could be an ulcer which could be dangerous. No OTC products will touch these types of infection. See your ophthalmologist quiickly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Herpes treatment: Blister in the mouth may be herpes or cold sore. Herpes is chronic and contagious. It can be treated with oral prescription meds such as acyclovir, Valtrex (valacyclovir) or famvir. Topical otc creams such as abreva or Denavir or Acyclovir cream are meant to be used on the external surface of the mouth or lips. Topical anesthetics such as anbesol gel, blistex, camphophenique, herpecin-l, viractin help with pain. ...Read more
Time and lysine: Some believe lysine can help. Though prescription medications are far more effective. ...Read more
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