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Doctor insights on: Viractin Cold Sore Medication

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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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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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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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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?

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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