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Releev Cold Sore Treatment
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
Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more
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
Any suggestions on which works better: the cold sore treatment cream or just the bottle of 500mg tablets?
You need to be more: Specific to answer this question. Which cream and which tablets? ...Read more
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
???: 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
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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