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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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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

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What is a cold sore?

"fever blister": Cold sores are little blisters that form on the lips or mouth. They are caused by a herpes simplex virus. The blisters often break open and leak a clear fluid, then scab over after a few days. ...Read more

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Is a cold sore heaper?

Cold sores: 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). 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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Do a cold sore pusses?

Do a cold sore pusses?

It can appear so..: Small cold sores often appear with just slightly yellowish fluid (plasma-like) but larger ones can look like puss-filled lesion. The body white blood cells attack the virus, cause inflammation, fluid accumulation and thus appears as puss. These often resolves spontaneously. If it becomes larger and large with more redness/pain, it could secondary infection/boil. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes of cold sore?

What causes of cold sore?

Cold sore: Cold sore is caused by virus called Herpes simplex . Most common way to catch it through kiss. It can present as tingling followed by blister formation which can last for few days. It is very infectious . usually blister leads to scab which disappears over few weeks but virus can lay dormant in nerve and can get activated at later stage .

http://patient.info/health/cold-sores-leaflet ...Read more

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How can I stop a cold sore?

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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Can cold sore remedies work?

Can cold sore remedies work?

Cold sore: Applying a lip balm containing 1% lemon balm (melissa officinalis) shortens healing time, prevent infection spread, and reduces symptoms of recurring cold sores. Also taking lysine orally can help. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3115841?dopt=abstract topical treatment with a cream containing sage and rhubarb (rheum officinale and rheum palmatum) may be about as effective as zovirax (acyclovir). ...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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First cold sore, what to do?

Cold sore: Your physician can prescribe oral Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral medication. Laser txs are also used to treat 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. ...Read more

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Can i swim with a cold sore?

Can i swim with a cold sore?

Yes: Most cold sores are triggered by sun exposure. Sunscreen, including a sunscreen stick, is indicated. Be prepared with valacyclovir to take 2 gram (2 pills of 1 gm each) at first tingling when next episode begins. Crucial to have ready for immediate use. Or take valacyclovir 500mg (acyclovir800mg) daily during vacation to prevent it. Side effects are rare & never serious. ...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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How can a baby get a cold sore?

How can a baby get a cold sore?

Fever blister: Fever blister is pretty much universal. We get it mostly from our parents. Is caused by herpes virus 1. Is alway in your body, goes in sleeping mode and gets activated at random (some people never, other people more often). Triggers like a cold, stress may activate it. Talk to pediatrician because we want to be sure is a cold sore and not something else. We want to treat patient the proper way. ...Read more

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What is similar to a cold sore?

What is similar to a cold sore?

Similar in what way?: As a viral entity, recurrent hsv is similar to shingles-the recurrent form of chicken pox virus. As an inflammatory lesion, it can be confused with recurrent aphthous ulcers or angular chilitis. As an unknown/undiagnosed lesion, it can mimic a pre- or cancerous lesion in some stages, or even simple trauma. Definitive diagnosis can be made with accurate history, clinical presentation and biopsy. ...Read more

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What does a cold sore look like?

What does a cold sore look like?

Herpes: Shallow, grey, sometimes with a slightly red border, quite tender. ...Read more

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What can help my cold sore heal?

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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How can I cure a tiny cold sore?

Hasten healing: 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 should I do for a cold sore?

OTC: There are treatments like abreva that are over the counter and work well. If you get them all the time you may want to ask your md for an rx for acyclovir. That said they heal by themselves in 7-10 days. ...Read more

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How to take care of big cold sore?

How to take care of big cold sore?

Laser treatment: The best way is laser treatment if the sore just developed. If the sore is beginning to scab just keep the area moist to prevent the scab from bleeding and cracking. ...Read more

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What happens if u pop a cold sore?

What happens if u pop a cold sore?

You will release: A huge # of herpes simplex type 1 viruses - yes, contagious ! ...Read more

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How do I treat a cold sore quickly?

How do I treat a cold sore quickly?

Not quick: 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 the onset, can also hasten healing. Your dermatologist can also provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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How can I get ride of a cold sore.?

Dermatologist: 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