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Doctor insights on: Overnight Cold Sore Remedies

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What's effective treatment for cold sore?

What's effective treatment for cold sore?

Pills: Valacyclovir is usual. Acyclovir cheaper but may be more difficult to use and less effective. For occasional episodes of recurrent herpes 2 gram [2 pills] taken immediately, preferably at first tingling prodrome, will ameliorate or even abort an attack. For frequent attacks we use 500mg valacyclovir daily to prevent attacks Various creams are available but not worth discussion because of meagre re ...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 you let me know is ice a good cold sore remedy?

It will soothe only: But not cure or stop the progression of the lesion. If you leave it alone, it will go through its natural stages and go away on its own in 14-21 days. Your dentist can help in the early phases with a laser and can prescribe medications for remedy and prophylaxis (prevention). ...Read more

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What is a cold sore remedy that works within 2 days?

Laser tx: Your Dr can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat cold sores. Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3 times a day at onset, can also hasten healing.
Cold sores will still ...Read more

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Can you tell me about cold sore remedy that actully works?

Can you tell me about cold sore remedy that actully works?

Remedies: 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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Hi. What treatment is there for cold sore?

Hi. What treatment is there for cold sore?

Cold sore: Over the counter Acyclovir cream works well, provided you start early enough in the cold sore's development.
If it is more sever, we sometimes prescribe tablets. ...Read more

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Please describe the most effective treatment for a cold sore?

Please describe the most effective treatment for a cold sore?

Best RX is TIME: The lesion undergoes a series of changes and heals over 14-21 days--after which the virus goes dormant. Anti-viral drugs based on Acyclovir are available by prescription and can be taken as a preventive med. Otc meds, like abreva, have variable success rates. I often use a laser to help stop the progression of the lesion if my patient presents during the prodrome phase--see your dentist early ...Read more

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What's a good home remedy for a cold sore?

Check this out: 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. Check out this site for more info: http://www. Webmd. Com/oral-health/guide/canker-sores. ...Read more

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What at-home remedy do you use to clear up a cold sore?

Lemon balm: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. It may half the healing time. ...Read more

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I need to know what's an at-home remedy to clear up a cold sore?

I need to know what's an at-home remedy to clear up a cold sore?

Lemon balm: 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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Is puting fresh garlic clove on a cold sore a good home remedy to make them go away faster?

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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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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Is there a home remedy for a cold sore or fever blister?

Options: 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 have a cold sore on my eye lid what's the most effective treatment?

Nothing to fool with: An ulcer on eyelid needs to be evaluated. Herpes simplex, virus that causes cold sores, is not very common on the eyelid but if there can lead to an infection of the cornea called keratitis. You will need prescription medicine, acyclovir, for either. It may be a meiobian cyst [oil gland for lashes] which usually clears with warm packs and sometimes needs antibiotics & followup eyelid scrubs. ...Read more

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Is nail polish remover an acceptable treatment for the cold sore?

Is nail polish remover an acceptable treatment for the cold sore?

???: I have not heard of using nail polish remover on cold sores. I would avoid trying this unless you are provided with information that supports this practice from a reliable source (i.e., your physician). ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there is any good home remedy for a cold sore on my lip?

NONE: Lemon balm ; l-lysine are completely useless. These sores heal in a few days anyway. Some agents may be soothing. You can waste a large amount of money looking for a magic cure. The only effective remedy is antiviral pill. Valacyclovir is more effective than acylovir but more expensive. Either a pill every day for a long time----years, or take a dose (2 grams valacyclovir) at first hint, known as. ...Read more

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What do doctors think is the top OTC or at home treatment for a fever blister "cold sore"?

What do doctors think is the top OTC or at home treatment for a fever blister "cold sore"?

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

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What is the best treatment for a cold sore created from lip biting or trauma?

Bacitracin: If it is just a traumatic wound then the best treatment is keep it clean and well coated with Bacitracin ointment. If it is actually a "cold sore" then you probably need an anti-viral medication as well. ...Read more

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Can I nurse while applying Zovirax (acyclovir) ointment to my lip for treatment of a cold sore?

Can I nurse while applying Zovirax (acyclovir) ointment to my lip for treatment of a cold sore?

NO: Consult your Obstetrician but even a small amount of ZoVirax (acyclovir) will be absorbed into you blood. Your OB-GYN or Pediatrician can tell you if it is excreted in your milk, . In general would avoid any drugs except if absolutely necessary. ...Read more

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I got cold sore on my lip line, is there a home remedy to get rid of this quickly as possible? Thanks!

Cold sore: Lemon Balm may hasten healing but does not mean that viral shedding could not occur. ...Read more

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My child has a cold sore on her upper lip that has a black in the middle of it and her lip is swollen. Will an OTC treatment work?

My child has a cold sore on her upper lip that has a black in the middle of it and her lip is swollen. Will an OTC treatment work?

Sounds more: Like an infection vs an allergic reaction. Best to take your child to the doctor and get treated before it gets worst. Practice good hand washing. Give tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever or pain. ...Read more

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What can you do to prevent cold sores HSV 1 cold sore treatment and prevention (oral herpes)?

What can you do to prevent cold sores HSV 1 cold sore treatment and prevention (oral herpes)?

Reduce stress: Cold sores are from a virus that is permanently in your "system" and comes out when you're stressed, lack of sleep, minor trauma, lowered resistance, etc.
Once you've got one, you'll always have it.

Often treated by a dentist using s soft tissue laser (without actually touching the sore) & makes them heal faster.
See your md if medical issues exist. ...Read more

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I have a little red bump on my lip that hurts alittle, possibly a cold sore, is there a quick remedy I could use to get rid of it?

I have a little red bump on my lip that hurts alittle, possibly a cold sore, is there a quick remedy I could use to get rid of it?

Time will heal: This could be a cold sore, but it is more likely a fever blister or an aphthous ulcer, which can occur due to light trauma like biting your lip. The best thing to do is give it time and avoid biting on it to allow it to heal. If it persists I would recommend to see an MD ...Read more

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I have a red spot after having a cold sore on my lip. What is the best treatment to help the scar go away? Mederma?

Depends on where...: Hi there, to adequately answer your question I would need a couple more pieces of information. (1) where exactly is the red spot? By that I mean is it on the red smooth "inner" part of the lip or is it on skin on the "outer" part of the lip? (2) how long ago did the cold sore go away? Mederma can work if it is on the outside, but not inside the lip. ...Read more

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Had a cold sore used otc remedy now I have a rash all over my mouth and lips. Burning sensation and itchy?

Had a cold sore used otc remedy now I have a rash all over my mouth and lips. Burning sensation and itchy?

It is likely that: You have developed a topical allergy to the OTC medication. Stop using it and see a health care provider to be certain that nothing else is going on and to obtain treatment for the allergic rash. ...Read more

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At home remedies that help get rid of a cold sore overnight?

None that I know of.: 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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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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Are there any good cold sore home remedies?

Are there any good cold sore home remedies?

Only home RX is TIME: The only home remedy is time. The lesion undergoes a series of changes and heals over 14-21 days--after which the virus goes dormant. Anti-viral drugs based on Acyclovir are available by prescription and can be taken as a preventive med. Otc meds, like abreva, have variable success rates. If they occur frequently, you can take Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily as a preventive measure, but will need a prescription. ...Read more