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Doctor insights on: Is It Ok To Go Swimming With A Cold Sore

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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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Can I go swimming with a scabbed over cold sore, that in the last stages of healing?

Can I go swimming with a scabbed over cold sore, that in the last stages of healing?

Wait for complete: healing. Just because the cold sore is scabbed over doesn’t mean it's no longer contagious. Eat, talk, smile, and your scab can break and the fluid can leak out. If you have any further queries click this --> https://www.healthtap.com/experts/12714048-dr-vahe-yetimyan ...Read more

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Can salt help make a cold sore go away?

Can salt help make a cold sore go away?

NO: But it will not hurt. The best way to get a cold sore to heal faster is to take prescription valacylovir 2 grams or Acyclovir 4000-8000mg at the very first tingling (prodrome) warning that a cold sore is coming. The longer the delay the less effective it is, so you need to have it handy for immediate use. Forget about any creams: they don't do much. Forget about lysine because it does nothing. ...Read more

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Can I go to the beach with a cold sore ?

Can I go to the beach with a cold sore
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Yes: Cold sores can be contagious in the beginning but after several days less so. Most infections are caused by direct contact. ...Read more

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How could i make the swelling of a cold sore go down?

Time: Comfortable - 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

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What should I do to get cold sore swelling to go down?

Apply ice to area: 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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I have a cold sore now! how do I make it go away fast?

Your doctor can : 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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What can be done to get the swelling from cold sore to go down! help!?

What can be done to get the swelling from cold sore to go down! help!?

Apply ice to area.: 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