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What are some common home remedies to treat cold sores?

What are some common home remedies to treat cold sores?

Few: Most over the counter remedies are simply palliative. The acute phase lasts 10-14 days. Prescription meds such as Famvir (famciclovir) or Acyclovir given topically and orally can decrease the length of time of the acute flair up. ...Read more

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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 are some home remedy for cold sores in the mouth?

What are some home remedy for cold sores in the mouth?

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 Acyclovir 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 more

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What's a good home remedy for cold sores?

What's a good home remedy for cold sores?

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

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Please describe a good home remedy for curing cold sores?

Please describe a good home remedy for curing cold sores?

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

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What is the home remedy for cold sores cure please give me step by step?

What is the home remedy for cold sores cure please give me step by step?

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). Laser treatments are also used to treat cold sores. ...Read more

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Can there be a safe natural remedy for cold sores?

Can there be a safe natural remedy for cold sores?

Cold sores: Cold sores ( fever blisters) are caused by the herpes simplex virus hsv-1. There is no cure. They generally heal in two weeks. Antiviral medications may help them heal faster and may help prevent re- occurances. ...Read more

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What's the optimal natural remedy to rid cold sores fast?

What's the optimal natural remedy to rid cold sores fast?

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. If they occur frequently, you can take Valtrex (valacyclovir) daily as a preventive measure, but will need a prescription. There is no 'fast' way. ...Read more

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

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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What is a possible remedy for cold sores?

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). Laser treatments are also used to treat cold sores. ...Read more

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Wat is the best treatment 4 cold sores n what can be done to stop the break outs?

Fever Blisters: If you are getting fever blisters on a regular basis you should see your family doctor or dermatologist to go on medication. We have several medicines we can give you to make them go away faster or keep you from getting them. You can take these pills every day tp prevent getting a fever blister. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for cold sores that is best and has fewest side effects?

What is the treatment for cold sores that is best and has fewest side effects?

Time: The most side effect free treatment is to do nothing. Cold sores go away by themselves in 7-10 days. Sometimes longer. Anything else is going to have some side effects, so you weigh the benefit (getting rid of it earlier) with the risk of medication. ...Read more

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

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 natural remedy can soothe pain from cold sores?

Lemon balm - ice: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. Try ice as well. ...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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What treatment is best to remove cold sores?

They are not: Permanently 'removed'. 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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Please describe a good treatment for cold sores?

Depends on Stage: Cold sores occur in three main stages: prodromal, blistering, and healing. The prodromal stage is the only stage where they can really be "treated"--this is when the area where the cold sores will arise becomes tingly and/or itchy. Application of an anti-viral ointment (like zovirax) may prevent or lessen the outbreak. Once the area blisters, it is too late--just keep it moist until it heals. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the best treatment for cold sores?

Your doctor can: prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa Officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in European studies to help expedite cold sore healing. It can reduce healing time by 1/2. Studies also show regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1,000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can hasten healing. Your dermatologist can provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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Do cold sores always go throughout their 8-10 day stages, that is WITHOUT any medical treatment/ointments or medication?

Generally, yes: Herpes lesions should resolve on their own within several days in otherwise healthy people with normal immune systems. ...Read more

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What is the best remedy for cold sores on your tongue?

What is the best remedy for cold sores on your tongue?

Time and patience.: Cold sores usually run their course in 7-10 days. Stay on a bland diet. Stay hydrated...Drink plenty of water. Take Ibuprofen if needed for pain (as long as you are not allergic or unable to take this medicine). Check with your physician and/or dentist to make sure the sores are not a response to a systemic infection. ...Read more

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