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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).

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.