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 what's the best way to treat cold sores?

 what's the best way to treat cold sores?

Early Treatment Best: Cold sore usually caused by herpes simplex virus. And not many antivirus meds around. One is valtrex (valacyclovir). This will help to cut down days of the infection. But it is better taken early before the break out, when you begin to feel tingling or soreness usually at the corner of the lip. The viruses usually "hide" in your trigeminal ganglion of your lower jaw nerve and break out when immune system is down.

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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 is the best and quickest relief for cold sores?

What is the best and quickest relief 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.

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Best way to prevent cold sores?

Best way to prevent cold sores?

Avoid triggers: Triggers for cold sores can include illness, stress, fatigue, becoming physically cold, dry air, UV rays (sun), mouth trauma or one's period. Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir).

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Best way to get rid of cold sores?

Best way to get rid of cold sores?

Valacyclovir: If it is a herpes lesion, it initially will feel like an itching or burning sensation. The lesion will appear like a cluster of grapes. If you start taking the valacyclovir right away the sore will go away within a couple of days. If not the blisters will break, the skin will crust over and after a week to ten days it will heal.

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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.

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What is the best l-lysine product for cold sores?

Healthtap Doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines.

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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.

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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.

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Would you like to know the best way to stop cold sores from forming?

Would love to know: Am not sure that anyone knows how to keep cold sores from forming. If you find out, please text me back. Good luck.

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What are the best ways to stop cold sores when you start to feel the tingle!?

Your dr 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.

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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.

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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.

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Is there a cure for cold sores yet? If not what is the best prevention of them, I like being in the sun a lot and I'm afraid to get one every time

Is there a cure for cold sores yet? If not what is the best prevention of them, I like being in the sun a lot and I'm afraid to get one every time

Cold sores: Herpes simplex is divided into two types: HSV type 1 and HSV type 2. Both of these conditions can affect your mouth or your genitals and can be spread via oral sex. There no cure for HSV infection and often stress is an aggravating factor. Cold sores generally clear up without treatment within 10-14 days. Abreva is an OTC topical remedy used to help speed healing and minimize pain.

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How can I best take care of cold sores?

Your dr 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.

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Which medicine is the best to heal cold sores fast?

Faster - not fast: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. May reduce healing time to 5 days.

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What is the best over-the-counter product to get rid of cold sores and keep them from coming back?

2 good options: There are two otc cold sore medications I recommend. Abreva has been my go to medication for years, however orajel recently came out with a new single dose packet that has gotten rave reviews. There are no medications that will keep them from coming back. The virus stays with you forever.

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My wife has cold sores. I have yet to develop them. What are the chances that I will? What about transmission to genitals? Best way to prevent spread?

Avoidance: The best way to avoid contracting herpes is to avoid contact; however, you may have already contracted it, but never actually broken out; it might be worth getting antibodies to Herpes types 1 & 2 (and also to culture your wife to see what type she has); if yours is +, and the same type as your wife's, you probably have already contracted it (probably from her), and don't have to worry as much

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Mouthwash (Definition)

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