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Can you let me know is ice a good cold sore remedy?

Can you let me know is ice a good cold sore remedy?

It will soothe only: But not cure or stop the progression of the lesion. If you leave it alone, it will go through its natural stages and go away on its own in 14-21 days. Your dentist can help in the early phases with a laser and can prescribe medications for remedy and prophylaxis (prevention). ...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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What is a good thing to put on a cold sore?

What is a good thing to put on a cold sore?

Your Dr.: Prescribe Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral which can actually help regarding transmission to others. Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream). 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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Are there any good cold sore home remedies?

Are there any good cold sore home remedies?

Only home RX is TIME: The only home remedy is time. The lesion undergoes a series of changes and heals over 14-21 days--after which the virus goes dormant. Anti-viral drugs based on Acyclovir are available by prescription and can be taken as a preventive med. Otc meds, like abreva, have variable success rates. If they occur frequently, you can take Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily as a preventive measure, but will need a prescription. ...Read more

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How can I know any good cold sore remedies that aren't your usual ones?

Lemon balm: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. ...Read more

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What is a good way to cure a cold sore?

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 with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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Is there a good, fast cure for cold sore?

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 with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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What is a good way to cure a cold sore fast?

What is a good way to cure a cold sore fast?

Cold Sore Tips: 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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What are good home remediescan I put on my cold sore to stop it itching?

What are good home remediescan I put on my cold sore to stop it itching?

Lemon balm/ ice: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. Try ice as well. ...Read more

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Are there good ways to ged rid of swelling from a cold sore.?

Apply ice: 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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What's a good home remedy for a cold sore?

Check this out: Hene laser may increase healing by 50%. It is thought to increase blood circulation and/or release nitric oxide. It will also decrease the pain. Check out this site for more info: http://www. Webmd. Com/oral-health/guide/canker-sores. ...Read more

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What are some good way to get rid of cold sore?

Cold sore: 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) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat cold sores. ...Read more

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Is carmex a any good for my cold sore, what is the best thing to put on it?

Is carmex a any good for my cold sore, what is the best thing to put on it?

Cold Sore: It will not hurt or help however unless you put it on your finger you will contaminate the stick or jar and then it needs to be dumped. Cold sores heal in 7-10 days by themselves or you may buy an otc drug like abreva which will shorten the time to heal. You can get an rx for zovirax (acyclovir) but it is expensive. ...Read more

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What is a good way to reduce / eliminate cold sore outbreak and recurrance?

What is a good way to reduce / eliminate cold sore outbreak and recurrance?

Lower stress: Not an easy answer but usually stress is a major culprit. Try vit b complex, some studies show that stress will deplete your body of vit b rapidly. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a really bad cold sore, its the swelling is bad I've tried putting ice on it its only getting worse, ?

Hi, I have a really bad cold sore, its the swelling is bad I've tried putting ice on it its only getting worse, ?

Herpes Simplex: See your doctor for a prescription med. Herpes simplex 1 or hsv 1also known as oral herpes. It is different from genital herpes which is hsv 2. . Medication can decrease the pain related to an outbreak and can shorten healing time. They can also decrease the total number of outbreaks. Drugs including famvir, zovirax, and Valtrex (valacyclovir) are among the drugs used to treat the symptoms of herpes. ...Read more

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I've been suffering from cold sore for a while now, and I need to get rid of it. Any good home remedies for cold sore?

Natural remedies: 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. Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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Is puting fresh garlic clove on a cold sore a good home remedy to make them go away faster?

No: Cold sores are due to an activation of a virus in the tissue. These often become visible when there is irritation including excessive sunlight, colds and other stresses. A garlic clove may further aggravate the area. ...Read more

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I put bactroban (mupirocin) on a healing cold sore. Was that a good idea?

I put bactroban (mupirocin) on a healing cold sore. Was that a good idea?

NOPE, but not bad.: Mupirocin is an anti-biotic that kills or prevents the reproduction of bacteria--commonly used for staph infections. Cold sores are caused by one of the strains of herpes simplex virus. Antibiotics will have no effect. You did no harm, but must be careful of the misuse of medications. Always check with your dr. Before using medications for other than its originally intended purpose. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a cold sore, I've tried ice, chapstick, and toothpaste with salt! What else can work?

Cold sore: Kenalog (triamcinolone) in orabase preparation can be effective zovirax, other antiviral preparations can help, if painful topical pain relievers like orabase or orajel can be effective for discomfort. ...Read more

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Someone with a cold sore used my lipstick and ate directly out of my ice cream container. Can the virus still be passed if I use them days later?

Someone with a cold sore used my lipstick and ate directly out of my ice cream container. Can the virus still be passed if I use them days later?

Little or no risk: HSV1, the oral herpes virus, is not usually transmitted by this sort of contact. Of course you should never share lipstick with anyone, but that's mostly to prevent colds, flu, etc, not herpes. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there is any good home remedy for a cold sore on my lip?

NONE: Lemon balm ; l-lysine are completely useless. These sores heal in a few days anyway. Some agents may be soothing. You can waste a large amount of money looking for a magic cure. The only effective remedy is antiviral pill. Valacyclovir is more effective than acylovir but more expensive. Either a pill every day for a long time----years, or take a dose (2 grams valacyclovir) at first hint, known as. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me some good ways to get rid of this white cold sore/pimple thing on my mouth?

Can you please tell me some good ways to get rid of this white cold sore/pimple thing on my mouth?

See a dentist: Since we can't see and therefore diagnose what you have over the internet, it's best to see a dentist who can determine what you have and what needs to be done. ...Read more

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Is ginger root good for returning color to a scar on the lip that is scarred from a cold sore? Dark brown lips with a reddish patch on upper lip.

Is ginger root good for returning color to a scar on the lip that is scarred from a cold sore? Dark brown lips with a reddish patch on upper lip.

No data to support: Ginger is purported to have antiimflamatory properties, so one might think it would help healing scars. But I do not believe there is sound scientific data to support that it would help to return color to your lip. ...Read more

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Are there any good OTC medicines or tips for a cold/sore throat before it progresses to bronchitis?

Are there any good OTC medicines or tips for a cold/sore throat before it progresses to bronchitis?

Yes: Most causes of pharyngitis are viral, but some can be bacterial. The best bet is an antibacterial mouthwash (like listerine), but instead of just gargling with it, you should swallow it so it gets down into your posterior pharynx. ...Read more

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I shot ice day before yesterday in forearm & foot now it's swollen, red, and has fever. I've been in bed with a cold& sore throat ever since. Any sugges?

See a doctor: This has me concerned – I think you have a infection from where you injected those drugs. This can progress, including infection of the bloodstream, with organ dysfunction and possibly death if not treated properly. Sorry to scare you, but you need to get help right away. Doctors are professionals – you should not be judged for drug use – and medical records are private. Hope you get better. ...Read more

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What is a cold sore?

"fever blister": Cold sores are little blisters that form on the lips or mouth. They are caused by a herpes simplex virus. The blisters often break open and leak a clear fluid, then scab over after a few days. ...Read more

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Is a cold sore heaper?

Cold sores: Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1). An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. ...Read more