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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