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I have a huge cold sore that is itchy and spreading. I heard "lemon balm cream" works. What is that and what brand should I be looking for?

I have a huge cold sore that is itchy and spreading. I heard "lemon balm cream" works. What is that and what brand should I be looking for?

See a dermatologist: First determine if it is herpes. If it is, none of the topicals do enough to warrant much discussion. Whether lemon balm or expensive prescription, once you get a sore it heals about the same whatever you put on it. The effective remedy is to have on hand valacyclovir (or acyclovir) to take 2 Gram (2x1G) at very first tingling (prodrome). This is safe, no side effects, aborts the attack or produce ...Read more

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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Can I use tea tree oil on my cold sore?

Some people have: Reported variable results using tea tree on cold sores. Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). 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. ...Read more

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I have a cold sore on the top of my lip, is it okay for me to put tea tree oil on it?

I have a cold sore on the top of my lip, is it okay for me to put tea tree oil on it?

Some people have: Used tea tree oil on cold sores with variable results reported. Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). 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 >. ...Read more

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How can I stop a cold sore?

Options: 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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Why do you get a cold sore?

Why do you get a cold sore?

Stress, exposures to: Some will get them from excessive exposure to sunlight, others to tomatoes, others to spicy foods. By far the major contributor appears to be stress. ...Read more

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How can a cold sore start?

How can a cold sore start?

HSV- 1: Cold sores are painful blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1).
An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. ...Read more

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How can I treat a cold sore?

Differing methods: 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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How can you treat a cold sore?

How can you treat a cold sore?

Wait it out: You can be treated with acyclovir, but just as easy to wait it out for the 7 -10 days these usually last. ...Read more

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How can you treat a cold sore?

Fever blister: 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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What can I do for a cold sore?

What can I do for a cold sore?

Several things: Lysine. Use tea tree oil on it with a qtip...Stings but helps it resolve faster. Use homeopathic rhus tox...Can sped healing by several days. Acupuncture and chinese medicine can help as well. Call or see your doctor and ask bout anti-herpes medication like valtrex (valacyclovir). Eat cooling foods like cucumbers and pears and avocado. ...Read more

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Cold sore crisis! What do I do?

Cold sore crisis! What do I do?

Your doctor can: Prescribe 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 w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at onset, can also hasten healing. Your dermatologist can also provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is a cold sore?

Oral herpes virus: Cold sores are caused by a very common type of herpes virus that causes infection around the mouth. Many people have been exposed to this virus by oral secretions from another individual (sharing cups or kissing are common modes of transmission). The virus may cause recurrent symptoms in some people. There is no current cure, but some treatments for this who expeience frequent outbreaks. ...Read more

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Symptoms of a cold sore please help?

Sxs: Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1). ...Read more

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What do you recommend for a cold sore?

Cold sores: Agree w dr. Patterson. 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). If you have cold sore blisters it is best not to share e. ...Read more

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Please tell me how to heal a cold sore?

Try this: 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. ...Read more

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How can I stop this upcoming cold sore?

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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What can be done to conceal a cold sore?

"Cover Up": Cover up make up can conceal imperfections. Don't apply directly if it is in stick form - as you will contaminate it. Application with a clean q tip would be a good way to apply. ...Read more

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Would it be a problem to pop my cold sore?

Best to leave intact: 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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How would you recommend I cure my cold sore?

How would you recommend I cure my cold sore?

Some options: 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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How should you make a cold sore stop hurting?

How should you make a cold sore stop hurting?

Options: Your doctor can prescribe 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 w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your dermatologist can also provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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Are there any inexpensive cold sore remedies?

Melissa Officinalis: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. ...Read more

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How come I only get a cold sore in the winter?

Stress: Cold sores are manifestations of oral herpes virus infections. It lives with you all the time. Stress - infection, stress, psychological, or environmental (including cold weather) can trigger a break out. That's what is happening. ...Read more

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Could you please give me advice for a cold sore?

Cold sores: Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1). Tingling &/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior to eruption. 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. ...Read more

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What should I do to hurry the cure of 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). ...Read more

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I'm a teen and im pretty sureim scared its a cold sore?

See your doctor: True cold sores are usually herpes. If you are scared see your doctor and find out. There are medicines that can help. Also lysine helps. Homeopathic rhus toxicodendron can help speed crusting over and decrease discomfort. You need education and reassurance and the best place is a personal visit with your physician. ...Read more

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Could a cold sore of the same strand only be caught once?

Yes - BUT: The virus can be latent in nerve cells and cause repeated cold sore. ...Read more