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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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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 treatment for frostbite that is best and has fewest side effects?

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

Rewarming: Frostbite is, quite simply, frozen tissues. Depending on how severe the frostbite (i.e. How deep the freeze goes), the treatment can range from simply rewarming to in-patient treatment similar to burns to amputations and long recovery times. If you have frostbite, you should see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for breakbone fever that is best and has fewest side effects?

What is the treatment for breakbone fever that is best and has fewest side effects?

Supportive care: There is still no effective "treatment" for "breakbone", or dengue fever. Dengue is a viral infection, spread by mosquito, which can cause severe muscle and bone pain (hence the name), and rarely vascular leakage and bleeding. In that case treatment includes lifesaving IV fluids and blood transfusion. Dengue is anothger reason to know about insect precautions when traveling to the tropics! ...Read more

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What is the treatment for anal itching that is best and has fewest side effects?

What is the treatment for anal itching that is best and has fewest side effects?

See your doctor: There are multiple different causes for anal itching. I would recommend seeing your doctor so they can evaluate you to determine the cause and prescribe the appropriate treatment based on what they find. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for secondary dysmenorrhea that is best and has fewest side effects?

What is the treatment for secondary dysmenorrhea that is best and has fewest side effects?

Anti-inflammatories: Secondary dysmenorrhea is usually due to a physical problem like endometriosis, uterine fibroids or polyps. Medications like advil or Aleve (naproxen) (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories= nsaids) can help and usually have little side effects. In general it is better to treat the cause if it is secondary dysmenorrhea. Primary dysmenorhea is usually hormonal and responds well to nsaids. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for jejunal cancer that is best and has fewest side effects?

What is the treatment for jejunal cancer that is best and has fewest side effects?

Depends: Depends on type of cancer, how much, location, other factors including extent of disease/spread, predisposing factors, e.g. Ibd, celiac disease. Generally requires surgery, perhaps chemotherapy. Check with GI md, oncologist (cancer specialist), surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for lead overdose that is best and has fewest side effects?

What is the treatment for lead overdose that is best and has fewest side effects?

Lead poisoning: In most cases of lead poisoning, removal from exposure is the only therapy needed. If blood lead levels exceed a certain concentration, chelation therapy may be necessary, which is really a clinical judgment call. Exposure to lead must cease before chelation therapy begins. Dmsa (succimer) is fda-approved for lead-poisoned children, and is effective in adults. It is taken by mouth. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for barrett's esophagus that is best and has fewest side effects?

What is the treatment for barrett's esophagus that is best and has fewest side effects?

Barrett's risk & tx: Barrett's epithelium replaces the part of your esophagus that is damaged by reflux. Yearly risk of barrett's tissue turning into cancer is low, but roughly 65x likelier than in patients without barrett's. Prevention & early detection is key, & treatment of gerd is important in patients predisposed by longstanding reflux. Dysplasia in barrett's needs close follow-up, can be endoscopically destroyed. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for delayed sleep phase that is best and has fewest side effects?

What is the treatment for delayed sleep phase that is best and has fewest side effects?

Melatonin + light: 1) choose an initial wake up time you can adhere to at the start, 2) upon awakening, get exposure to bright light, 3) later that evening, take melatonin 3mg about 3 hours before your sleep onset time the night before, 4) wake up 1/2 hour earlier the next day and get bright light, 5) repeat 3-4. Eventually, you will correct your sleep-wake schedule. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for refractive error that is best and has fewest side effects?

What is the treatment for refractive error that is best and has fewest side effects?

Depends on the cause: There are several ways to treat vision problems related to refractive errors (need for prescription correction). The easiest is to wear glasses. Contact lenses can decrease your need for glasses, but must be cared for regularly in order to prevent infections. Laser vision correction and lens replacement surgery are alternatives that can provide lasting glasses-free vision but are costlier. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for ankylosing spondylitis that is best and has fewest side effects?

What is the treatment for ankylosing spondylitis that is best and has fewest side effects?

Depends: Ankylosing spondylitis (as) is an arthritis associated with a genetic tissue marker; hla-b27. It is treated depending upon the symptoms.Mild cases respond to nsaids especially indocin (indomethacin). More severe cases may require dmards (ask your rheumatologist). Regular exercise is helpful to prevent spinal stiffness. Eye inflamation and heart problems also are seen. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for clostridium (c diff) infection that is best and has fewest side effects?

What is the treatment for clostridium (c diff) infection that is best and has fewest side effects?

C.difficile tx's: By "best" do you mean optimal efficacy, but cost is no factor? By "fewest side effects" do you mean best tolerated but efficacy is less important? Are you looking for antibiotics, probiotics, donor stool enemas (yes, these actually work for c.Diff), only fda-approved regimens, short-course treatment, or novel techniques? Appropriate questions to ask your doc, w/whom you can share your concerns. ...Read more

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What is the best headache medications that have no side effects?

What is the best headache medications that have no side effects?

There aren't any: Medications that have no side effects usually have no effects either. A better question would be which headache medicines have the fewest and least serious side effects. And that depends on what is causing the headache. Tylenol (acetaminophen) rarely rots livers and kidneys, but it can if overused. I'd take 2 tylenol (acetaminophen) and call my doctor in the morning...Advil, aleve, can bother your stomach but are safe in moderat. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat cough that is a side effect of cozaar (losartan)?

What is the best way to treat cough that is a side effect of cozaar (losartan)?

Doesn't add up: Cozaar is the trade name for losartan, which is a BP med in the arb (angiotensin receptor blocker) class. That class does not have cough as a side effect. The angiotensin converting enzyme (ace) inhibitors may have cough as a side effect but not the arb's. If you hava chronic cough on losartan (cozaar) you should talk to your doctor and find the cause: gerd?, asthma? ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for dry cough in elderly with less side effects and cause no sedation (e.g lozenges) if allergic response is the cause?

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What is the best treatment for dry cough in elderly with less side effects and cause no sedation (e.g lozenges) if allergic response is the cause?

The cause: There are many reasons which can cause a dry cough and one really needs to get examined by a doctor to find out. I would usually start by measuring the lung function to find out whether a patient has asthma then go from there. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine with less side effect fighting diabetes?

What is the best medicine with less side effect fighting diabetes?

Fighting diabetes: If I understand you properly you have diabetes - most likely type 2. Your doctor should be advising you about therapy for your diabetes and instructing you to keep track of your food intake and what effect it might have on your blood sugar. You should do this only for breakfast to start with and make medication adjustments as needed. You should also see a diabetes educator. ...Read more

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What is kelp used for in medicine and what are the side effects?

What is kelp used for in medicine and what are the side effects?

It really: has no use....today...it contains Iodine so was used years ago to treat certain THYROID problems Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for mouth sores?

What is the best treatment for mouth sores?

Vitamin C: Vitamin c can help as can otc products with topical anesthetics such as benzocaine. ...Read more

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

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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What are side effects to look for when starting famciclovir for cold sores?

What are side effects to look for when starting famciclovir for cold sores?

Blood dyscrasia/CNS: But why use this for cold sores given the risk:benefit ratio?, unless, perhaps, one can start tx before the eruption emerges. ...Read more

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What treatment is best to remove cold sores?

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

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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I want to get the flu vaccination but I have the virus that produces cold sores will i hsve side effects?

I want to get the flu vaccination but I have the virus that produces cold sores will i hsve side effects?

Won't matter: The part of your immune system that deals with the flu shot is not bothered by a cold sore outbreak. It will provide the same benefit to you whether you have one or not. ...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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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 treatment for a cold sore created from lip biting or trauma?

What is the best treatment for a cold sore created from lip biting or trauma?

Bacitracin: If it is just a traumatic wound then the best treatment is keep it clean and well coated with Bacitracin ointment. If it is actually a "cold sore" then you probably need an anti-viral medication as well. ...Read more

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I've read that vitamin E oil is very helpful in the treatment of cold sores. Would it help if i used it daily?

I've read that vitamin E oil is very helpful in the treatment of cold sores. Would it help if i used it daily?

Maybe: Cold sores often occur when a person's resistance is lower, due to a variety of reasons, even sun damage can bring them about. Try the vitamin e and see if you have improvement. For people who get them often, visit a laser dentist who (without actually touching the sore) can reduce the symptoms and attain quicker healing. Ozonated olive oil applied to the sore has been shown to help. ...Read more

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Should I take lysine for my chronic cold sores? If so, as treatment or to prevent? Dosage? Currently take Valtrex (valacyclovir) and use Abreva.

Should I take lysine for my chronic cold sores? If so, as treatment or to prevent? Dosage? Currently take Valtrex (valacyclovir) and use Abreva.

Pay attention: Abreva does very little, not worth the money. l-Lysine is an old scam: it did nothing 40 years ago and it does nothing now. Simple understanding of biochemistry of amino acids is enough to dispel this silly scam. See a dermatologist. Are you sure it is herpes? Valacyclovir can be helpful if dosed properly and is safe. Usual dose is 2gram at very first prodromal symptoms of each attack. Sometimes d ...Read more

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What can you do to prevent cold sores HSV 1 cold sore treatment and prevention (oral herpes)?

What can you do to prevent cold sores HSV 1 cold sore treatment and prevention (oral herpes)?

Reduce stress: Cold sores are from a virus that is permanently in your "system" and comes out when you're stressed, lack of sleep, minor trauma, lowered resistance, etc. Once you've got one, you'll always have it. Often treated by a dentist using s soft tissue laser (without actually touching the sore) & makes them heal faster. See your md if medical issues exist. ...Read more

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I have a red spot after having a cold sore on my lip. What is the best treatment to help the scar go away? Mederma?

Depends on where...: Hi there, to adequately answer your question I would need a couple more pieces of information. (1) where exactly is the red spot? By that I mean is it on the red smooth "inner" part of the lip or is it on skin on the "outer" part of the lip? (2) how long ago did the cold sore go away? Mederma can work if it is on the outside, but not inside the lip. ...Read more

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Woud you please discuss the clinically proven (and fda approved) treatments for cold sores?

Woud you please discuss the clinically proven (and fda approved) treatments for cold sores?

FDA?: Fda governs how medications and materials are marketed--there are many useful 'off-label' therapies in medicine. Clinically proven: Acyclovir and its many anti-viral rx cousins & laser ablation are doctor provided. Otc methods are less effective but have lots of anecdotal support and 'manufacturer' testimonial 'studies'. It's caused by a virus, we don't control them as well as bacteria or fungus. ...Read more

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What is cold sores and it's causses and treatments..

Shallow mucosal ulce: The are shallow mucosal ulcers that initially can start as blisters. It is usual ly caused herpes virus and antiherpes topicals reduce symptoms and duration of ulcers. ...Read more

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