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Is Ice Good For Cold Sores
Lemon balm: 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. ...Read more
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
Lemon balm: 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). Can also apply ice. ...Read more
Antivirals if needed: Since herpes type 1 virus infections happen to the great majority of the american population, it is extremely hard, if not nearly impossible, to prevent oneself from getting infected during his lifetime. So, if one has cold sores, and just mild ones, 1-3 times a year, no prevention is recommended. For people with widespread or frequent outbreaks, doctors may prescribe daily antiviral medicines. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on Stage: Cold sores occur in three main stages: prodromal, blistering, and healing. The prodromal stage is the only stage where they can really be "treated"--this is when the area where the cold sores will arise becomes tingly and/or itchy. Application of an anti-viral ointment (like zovirax) may prevent or lessen the outbreak. Once the area blisters, it is too late--just keep it moist until it heals. ...Read more
Probably bad. : The vaseline only keeps the area moist which would delay healing and it doesn't kill the virus. Abreva is what would work better for cold sore when you first feel the tingle in the lip area. It keeps the area dry to heal faster. Valtrex (valacyclovir) used at initial onset is good systemically, but best combo with abreva. You can also use laser treatment at initial tingling onset also with your dentist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Use 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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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