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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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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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After scabbing over how long does it take a cold sore to go away?

After scabbing over how long does it take a cold sore to go away?

Cold sores: Cold sores usually resolve in 7 to 10 days when no intervention is used.
Here is the problem - the herpes virus can still be shed even when there are no active lesions. ...Read more

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I have had a cold sore for a month. What could be a reason that it is not going away?

I have had a cold sore for a month. What could be a reason that it is not going away?

Ineffective Rx: Switch to a different anti-viral med such as valtrex! if no change in 14-21 days, go see a dermetologist to make sure it's a cold sore and not a carcinoma, etc. ...Read more

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Ok I have big cold sore on my bottom lips and it has only been four days since is appeared. I've been applying carmax on it religusly. White color nor?

Ok I have big cold sore on my bottom lips and it has only been four days since is appeared. I've been applying carmax on it religusly. White color nor?

Stay the course: Sores on the lips, the border of the mouth, and inside the mouth will turn white on the edges. The tissue lining the edge will eventually slough off. Do not pick or pull at the edges to hurry it along. You are doing well to keep it protected. Avoid hot liquids or spicy foods. This too will pass. ...Read more

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If I feel like a cold sore is going to come what should I do to avoid it?

Valacyclovir: You can get a prescription from your doctor for a drug called Valacyclovir to avoid getting a cold sore. Treatment for an oral outbreak is two one gram pills by mouth every twelve hours for a total of 4 grams in one day, as soon as possible at the first sign of outbreak. If you have frequent outbreaks because of sunshine or stress, one can take suppressive therapy, ask your MD. Good luck ...Read more

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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?

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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Is it ok to still wear contacts with a cold sore?

Yes: Ensure that you wash your handsl well before touching your eyes or your contact lenses. ...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!?

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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My cold sore went away a week ago and It left 3 small pinkish bumps that won't go away. What should I do?

Nothing: Give it some time. None of the creams are as effective as prescription valacyclovir or Acyclovir pills taken at the very onset (prodrome) of the next attack. Get your prescription now so you will be prepared to take (usually 2 Grams) at the first tingling next attack. It is very safe. ...Read more

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How do you know a cold sore officially goes away? When can you kiss and preform oral? How much time is safe?

When it's gone: Viral shedding occurs during the prodrome period (when there is tingling and pain but no lesion), and while there are active vesicles and crusts. Once all of that is gone, and you cannot see anything abnormal about your lip, you should not be contagious. ...Read more

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Got first cold sore 6 months ago after planning a stressful event. I still have them now (early and late symptoms). How can I make it go away?

Got first cold sore 6 months ago after planning a stressful event. I still have them now (early and late symptoms). How can I make it go away?

Cold sores: 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). Laser treatments are also used to treat cold sores. ...Read more

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I've had what I thought was a cold sore for at least a month. It scabbed up about a month ago and is not going away. Could this be something else?

Absolutely: Wounds or sores that do not heal in few weeks need to be usually biopsied and/or treated. Do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist or your PCP to further coordinate this. ...Read more

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I have what looks like a cold sore on the side of my tounge was bad a few days ago but is now startin to go away should I go to the dr or wait it out?

Can wait: As long as it's improving, evaluation isn't needed. Avoiding nuts and oatmeal may be helpful in clearing cold sores. Taking lysine, an Amino Acid supplement may help cold sores clear faster too. The usual dose is 500mg twice daily. ...Read more

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Do you think I should go to the doctor for my cold sore?

That depends: If you desire laser treatment or other oral treatments than see your physician. 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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Do you think I should go to school with a leaking cold sore?

Prevent spread: Wash hands frequently and well. Avoid touching the cold sore. If you have cold sore blisters it is best not to share eating utensils, chap sticks or lips sticks or kiss in order to prevent spreading the infection to someone else. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for cold sore/blister to go away?

Generally 10-14 days: Without medication each sore takes 10-14 days to go away. However, you can have multiple sores that come up before one resolves and some people always have an active sore soemwhere. Your dentist or md can prescribe meds to help prevent outbreaks. ...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'm on valrex. There is a huge, cold sore and I'm putting oitment on it constantly, but the swelling won't go away! Any other ideas?

Possible infection: Cold sores can become infected with bacteria although they are initially caused by a virus. When that happens they are worse than usual and resistent to usual therapy. You could try antibiotic ointment but I would recommend seeing your doctor for a culture of the sore and appropriate antibiotics if things continue since rarely a fungus can be involved. ...Read more