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Could I put cold sore medication on when I feel a cold sore coming on?

Could I put cold sore medication on when I feel a cold sore coming on?

Lemon Balm: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) can be applied regularly. Ask your prescribing provider about which ever specific medication you are taking. ...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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What medication will get rid of a cold sore faster?

What medication will get rid of a cold sore faster?

Anti-viral pills: Anti-viral pills such as Famvir, Valtrex, (valacyclovir) and acyclovir are the fastest acting. These require a prescription but are generally safe. ...Read more

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HI I have a cold sore and I need medication to prevent it from getting worse.

HI I have a cold sore and I need medication to prevent it from getting worse.

Doctor can evaluate: People who get recurrent cold sores on the lips or other skin areas can benefit from taking antivirals such as Valtrex (valacyclovir) either only as each cold sore is starting to develop, or taking some antiviral each day. One's doctor can help decide which is the better way. A patient may also try HealthTap PRIME for a video consultation with a doctor (fee is the same whether a medication is prescribed or not). ...Read more

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Suggestions, please. How do you get rid of a cold sore fast, preferably without medication?

Suggestions, please. How do you get rid of a cold sore fast, preferably without medication?

Time: Cold sores are viral infections. Medications have limited utility, and sounds like you'd like to avoid them anyway.

Good skin care, lip balm, moisturizer, don't pick at it, and some good make-up will be your friend. ...Read more

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My five years old started with a cold sore for the first time. Is there any medication or treatment for this condition?

My five years old started with a cold sore for the first time. Is there any medication or treatment for this condition?

Oral herpes?: First confirm the diagnosis. Not all apparent cold sores are due to herpes. A sore inside the mouth more likely is a canker sore, not a cold sore. Effective treatment is available for oral herpes, but not before confirming the diagnosis and it needs a prescription. Take your daughter to the pediatrician right away -- the sooner the better for accurate diagnosis and for effective treatment. ...Read more

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My gf had a cold sore on her lips for more a month is it herpes? Becsuse I knew herpes sore heals completly after 14 days max

Stress: Those are caused by a herpesvirus, usually herpes simplex-1 virus. These blisters, which are highly contagious, may appear along with colds, fevers, exposure to excessive sunlight, certain medications, during menstruation or illness, but stress is probably the biggest trigger. Most of the time the virus will lie dormant in the body, but it can quickly come to life when your immune system is weak. ...Read more

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My gf had a cold sore on her top lip for more 1 month is it herpes? I knew that herpes sore stays max for 14 days what does this mean?

Herpes Questions: Yes, you have hit it on the head. This sounds abnormal and she needs to be seen by her trusted medical advisor...Or at least an expert in herpes. There might be more going on. ...Read more

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Noticed some genital warts near anus opening. Also cold sore on lip. Any OTC medication I can apply?

Noticed some genital warts near anus opening. Also cold sore on lip. Any OTC medication I can apply?

HSV no, warts maybe: No OTC medications will have any significant benefit against an oral herpes outbreak (cold sore). For warts, there are OTC treatments, such as "Compound W" in the US; I have no idea about what is availalbe in Kenya. But you shouldn't self treat anal warts without professional care. Your diagnosis may be wrong; and in the anal area, significant irritation and ulceration can result. ...Read more

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What is a cold sore?

"fever blister": Cold sores are little blisters that form on the lips or mouth. They are caused by a herpes simplex virus. The blisters often break open and leak a clear fluid, then scab over after a few days. ...Read more

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Is a cold sore heaper?

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). 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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Do a cold sore pusses?

Do a cold sore pusses?

It can appear so..: Small cold sores often appear with just slightly yellowish fluid (plasma-like) but larger ones can look like puss-filled lesion. The body white blood cells attack the virus, cause inflammation, fluid accumulation and thus appears as puss. These often resolves spontaneously. If it becomes larger and large with more redness/pain, it could secondary infection/boil. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes of cold sore?

Cold sore: Cold sore is caused by virus called Herpes simplex. Most common way to catch it through kiss. It can present as tingling followed by blister formation which can last for few days. It is very infectious. Usually blister leads to scab which disappears over few weeks but virus can lay dormant in nerve and can get activated at later stage.

http://patient. Info/health/cold-sores-leaflet ...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?

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?

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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Can cold sore remedies work?

Can cold sore remedies work?

Cold sore: Applying a lip balm containing 1% lemon balm (melissa officinalis) shortens healing time, prevent infection spread, and reduces symptoms of recurring cold sores. Also taking lysine orally can help. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/3115841? dopt=abstract topical treatment with a cream containing sage and rhubarb (rheum officinale and rheum palmatum) may be about as effective as zovirax (acyclovir). ...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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First cold sore, what to do?

Cold sore: Your physician can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat 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. ...Read more

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Can I swim with a cold sore?

Yes: Most cold sores are triggered by sun exposure. Sunscreen, including a sunscreen stick, is indicated. Be prepared with valacyclovir to take 2 gram (2 pills of 1 gm each) at first tingling when next episode begins. Crucial to have ready for immediate use. Or take valacyclovir 500mg (acyclovir800mg) daily during vacation to prevent it. Side effects are rare & never serious. ...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?

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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How can a baby get a cold sore?

Fever blister: Fever blister is pretty much universal. We get it mostly from our parents. Is caused by herpes virus 1. Is alway in your body, goes in sleeping mode and gets activated at random (some people never, other people more often). Triggers like a cold, stress may activate it. Talk to pediatrician because we want to be sure is a cold sore and not something else. We want to treat patient the proper way. ...Read more

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What is similar to a cold sore?

What is similar to a cold sore?

Similar in what way?: As a viral entity, recurrent hsv is similar to shingles-the recurrent form of chicken pox virus. As an inflammatory lesion, it can be confused with recurrent aphthous ulcers or angular chilitis. As an unknown/undiagnosed lesion, it can mimic a pre- or cancerous lesion in some stages, or even simple trauma. Definitive diagnosis can be made with accurate history, clinical presentation and biopsy. ...Read more

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What does a cold sore look like?

What does a cold sore look like?

Herpes: Shallow, grey, sometimes with a slightly red border, quite tender. ...Read more