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What can I use to speed healing of a cold sore? I'm using abreva, vitamin C and valtrex, (valacyclovir) will a cold compress and lysine work?
Is there a prophylactic dose of Valacyclovir after oral sex with someone who just got over a cold sore?
There is: NO NEED for Prophylactic anti-viral medication in the situation you describe!!!! If there are no open sores transmission would be very unlikely and remember Herpes virus type which affects the oral memberanes is NOT THE SAME as the Herpes Simplex which infects the sexual organs!!!! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Treating both topically and by oral medication is ok. ...Read more
No cure- it's herpes: More than likely it's caused by a herpes outbreak (hsv-1 typically). Drinking acidic fluids can make the situation worse; with poor dental hygiene, the burden of bacteria will allow the ulcers to fester. In certain instances, medications such as acyclivro can help. Otherwise, the burden of oral bacterial can be tamed by the use of either listerine or a warm salt water gargle for 1min, 3 times daily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can herpetic whitlow be contracted via indirect contact such as someone touching a cold sore and then shaking your hand (which has a tiny wound)?
Touching a cold sore: ..Is direct contact and could be a cause. Touching someone's genital organs is more likely a cause of whitlow. ...Read more
Can someone who gets frequent cold sores get a prescription to help prevent outbreaks? Like an antiviral of some kind?
Can be prevented: Cold sores on the lips or near the lips, are usually caused by oral herpes virus. Sores appear more often when a person is under stress or is sick from another illness. For older children and adults who get sores repeatedly, a doctor may prescribe an antiviral (acyclovir, Valtrex, (valacyclovir) etc...) to prevent future outbreaks, and/or to start treating them at the moment a lip area starts to tingle. ...Read more
Can herpetic whitlow be contracted via indirect contact such as someone else touching a cold sore and then shaking my hand (which has a tiny wound)?
Yes but less common: It is usually spread from direct contact but in theory can also occur from indirect contact. ...Read more
What type of doctor should I see for large, frequent cold sores. I'm also starting to get mouth sores & my tongue, inner cheeks & throat is 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). ...Read more
What is the best topical/fast healing treatment for a burn that is probably second degree: red with whitish center and has couple small blisters (caused by hot water)?
Take burn seriously.: You need to take this burn seriously. Second degree burns can become quite painful and can become infected very easily. OTC remedies will clearly not be enough to prevent this from worsening in the longer term. You should be seeing a burn specialist and get the proper treatment for this. Don't take this lightly!! ...Read more
Canker\Cold sores?: Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are totally different from true cold sores that are caused by a virus. There are many otc medications that can be purchased at your local pharmacy. They all help somewhat but normally it just runs its course. The first few days are usually the most painful. Cold sore relief may be helped by antiviral medication but only if taken early enough. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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