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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small and 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 to the genitals, causing genital ...Read more


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What is the best treatment for sinus infections? I have had a couple sinus infections in the past. I had different treatments each time. Is there any one treatment that is better or quicker? .

What is the best treatment for sinus infections? I have had a couple sinus infections in the past. I had different treatments each time. Is there any one treatment that is better or quicker?

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Typically : Typically bacterial sinus infections are managed with antibiotics. There are several antibiotic options depending upon your sensitivity and suspected infective agent. Severe chronic sinus problems may be managed with surgical procedures to improve drainage or remove the lining of the sinus. ...Read more

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What is the the treatment for mouth ulcers other than salt?

What is the the treatment for mouth ulcers other than salt?

Coating: Assuming canker sores, not chemo related. Avoid irritants like acid foods, coffee, alcohol. Coat w/ maalox, or mix liquid benadryl(antihistamine) with orabase or oragel. Apply several times daily, as needed. Still takes 7-14 days to heal. ...Read more

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Is more then one round of cipro (ciprofloxacin) needed to treat an ulcer ? What is usual treatment for ulcers?

Is more then one round of cipro (ciprofloxacin) needed to treat an ulcer ? What is usual treatment for ulcers?

Cipro (ciprofloxacin): Ciprofloxacin is an antibiotic and is not the treatment for peptic ulcer. The usual treatment consists of a bland diet, avoidance of alcohol and caffeine. Medication is usually a ppi like Prilosec daily and antacids as needed. Healing usually occurs after a month or so. ...Read more

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Is doxycycline one of the better antibiotics for a sinus infection? If so, what is the optimal dose?

Is doxycycline one of the better antibiotics for a sinus infection? If so, what is the optimal dose?

Not particularly: Usual dose 100 mg q12 Hrs. Anti=against, bio=life; all antibiotics are poisons, selected single molecules that (hopefully) don't bother our cells much, yet suppress/kill growth of unwanted cells in locations which create trouble for us after primary immune system not doing its job well. Azithromycin, up to 2,000 mg day 1, single dose, usually more effective, yet always depends on what's going on. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for kidney infection not improving with fever after 4 day on antibiotics?

What is the best treatment for kidney infection not improving with fever after 4 day on antibiotics?

Correct antibiotic.: 1st need to check that bacteria causing your kidney infection are sensitive to antibiotic taken. Change to an appropriate antibiotic if necessary. Macrodantin (nitrofurantoin) does not work for kidney infections as it does not penetrate tissue. Unfortunately most bacteria causing urinary tract ; kidney infections are resistant to amoxicillin. Hope you had a urine culture done, if not please do it now. ...Read more

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What would be the most effective remedy for cure the flu for a 9 month old?

What would be the most effective remedy for cure the flu for a 9 month old?

Symptomatic relief: There is no cure for the flu (or colds). They generally need to run their own course. Keep giving lots of fluids- water, pedialyte, breast milk. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen for fever- don't alternate; just pick one. See your doctor if the fever is >101 for more than 2-3 days, your child is vomiting or having excessive diarrhea, a severe cough, or looking sicker. ...Read more

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Is it possible to use more than one treatment for my eye infection?

Is it possible to use more than one treatment for my eye infection?

Yes: I would consult with your ophthalmologist before you decide to change your treatment regimen. ...Read more

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Is there another option for 1 gram of rocephin a day for 21 days to be used as treatment other than in a PICC line? Can it be in shots ?

Is there another option for 1 gram of rocephin a day for 21 days to be used as treatment other than in a PICC line?  Can it be in shots ?

See previous answer.: The real concern should be for the effective treatment of the infection not for the route of administration. You are more likely to have adverse events with 21 "deep into large muscle mass" injections than from a PICC line. You will run out of injection sites quickly and be so sore in your thighs and buttocks that you probably won't be able to walk. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for common cold?

What is the best treatment for common cold?

Symptom relief: Cold Tips: For sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). * For congestionsaline nose drops or a neti pot. *For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup.**For hydration- lots of water. Try clear broth. * Add honey & a small amt. of lemon juice to Chamomile tea. ...Read more

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What is the proper treatment for appendicitis without surgery for a 4 year old?

What is the proper treatment for appendicitis without surgery for a 4 year old?

Not a good idea: Appendicitis if untreated can lead to abdominal infections and death. Please go to an urgent care center of an ed to be evaluated. ...Read more

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What is the most effective treatment for colds or flu for seniors?

What is the most effective treatment for colds or flu for seniors?

Flu: If you have the Flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID’s. Rest A LOT! In some situations antiviral medications (Tamiflu, Relenza, Flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for crank sore?

What is the treatment for crank sore?

Canker sore: This is usually a manifestation of a recurrent herpes virus infection. Though not curable, it can be controlled with medication if needed. Speak to your doctor about the options available. ...Read more

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What exactly is the clear fluid and the tiny sacks in a cold sore hsv-1? Other than abreva, what other best remedies are recommended, prescription or other?

What exactly is the clear fluid and the tiny sacks in a cold sore hsv-1? Other than abreva, what other best remedies are recommended, prescription or other?

Herpes: Good question. The blisters are signs of what is happening under the skin in the nerves infected with herpes. These blisters are filled with body fluid caused by the immune system to bring all it has to bear on the inflammation in the nerves. There are three common prescription medications that treat a herpes outbreak to help the nerve and thus the skin heal. Acyvlovir, valacyclovir, and famvir (famciclovir). ...Read more

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What is the name of a steroid that can be used to treat a chronic migraine that has lasted for longer than 3 days?

What is the name of a steroid that can be used to treat a chronic migraine that has lasted for longer than 3 days?

Methylprednisolone: Migraines that persist for days can be hard to break, and often are treated with a short course of steroids in the form of what is called a dosepack. Typically these start with 6 pills the first day, then 5 pills the next day, then over the next days down to 1. Important tip in migraine treatment is treating early with the right medications so as to avoid these prolonged ones! ...Read more

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What is the rapid treatment for common colds?

What is the rapid treatment for common colds?

None: I am unaware of no medication Zicam though can help, also extra vitamin C . I take vitamin D3 and glyconutirents too http://mtex.it/k1u96bvl ...Read more

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What is the fastest and most effective medicine for repeat outbreaks of genital herpes?

What is the fastest and most effective medicine for repeat outbreaks of genital herpes?

Antiviral medication: In the United States, we usually use valacyclovir or acyclovir. Antivirals work best if started at the very first symptom that an outbreak is going to occur. If my patient has 6 or more outbreaks per year, I have them take it daily to help prevent outbreaks. ...Read more

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