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Where Can I Get Aveeno Cold Sore Treatment Relief
Have weepy painful blisters inside nose. Tried neosporin and cold sore treatments. No help. Am immunosuppressed. Had these blisters before, finally went away after weeks. Worry it could get worse.
Herpse Simplex: Painful nose blister are commonly cause by the herpes simplex virus, usually type I, the same virus that causes cold sores. The condition may be more severe & difficult to treat in the immunosuppressed patients. Bacterial infections such as impetigo may cause a similar process. Various form of topical and oral treatments are available. ...Read more
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
Any suggestions on which works better: the cold sore treatment cream or just the bottle of 500mg tablets?
You need to be more: Specific to answer this question. Which cream and which tablets? ...Read more
My five years old started with a cold sore for the first time. Is there any medication or treatment for this condition?
Oral herpes?: First confirm the diagnosis. Not all apparent cold sores are due to herpes. A sore inside the mouth more likely is a canker sore, not a cold sore. Effective treatment is available for oral herpes, but not before confirming the diagnosis and it needs a prescription. Take your daughter to the pediatrician right away -- the sooner the better for accurate diagnosis and for effective treatment. ...Read more
Nothing to fool with: An ulcer on eyelid needs to be evaluated. Herpes simplex, virus that causes cold sores, is not very common on the eyelid but if there can lead to an infection of the cornea called keratitis. You will need prescription medicine, acyclovir, for either. It may be a meiobian cyst [oil gland for lashes] which usually clears with warm packs and sometimes needs antibiotics & followup eyelid scrubs. ...Read more
Pills: Valacyclovir is usual. Acyclovir cheaper but may be more difficult to use and less effective. For occasional episodes of recurrent herpes 2 gram [2 pills] taken immediately, preferably at first tingling prodrome, will ameliorate or even abort an attack. For frequent attacks we use 500mg valacyclovir daily to prevent attacks Various creams are available but not worth discussion because of meagre re ...Read more
???: I have not heard of using nail polish remover on cold sores. I would avoid trying this unless you are provided with information that supports this practice from a reliable source (i.e., your physician). ...Read more
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
Doctor recently gave me valacyclovir HCl 500 mg t the directions are take 4 tablets daily for one day treatment for cold sore, how to take hourly?
Twice a day: Generally the directions I give my patients are to take two tablets in the morning and two at night. ...Read more
Lemon balm: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. May half healing time. ...Read more
My child has a cold sore on her upper lip that has a black in the middle of it and her lip is swollen. Will an OTC treatment work?
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
The Valtrex (valacyclovir) prescription for the treatment of my cold sores is1 gm. I took it twice for one day at an interval of 12 hours. Istill have a big enough cold sore on my lip. Should I continuetaking it?
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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I have a recurring blister in the same spot on my lower lip. Cold sore treatments aren't working. What could it be?
Need exam to answer:
You will need to be seen when the "blister" is present to get an accurate DX.
Could be recurrent Herpes--in which case antiviral meds would be Rxed ...Read more
Is abuterol safe to give with this type of Mucinex medicine? Will breathing treatments be beneficial at this point? Treating my daughter with mucinex- cough, cold & sore throat medicine since yesterday (2/17/12). Her cough was tight and is now breaking-up
Number: Number one question one must ask is what is your daughter`s diagnosis. If she has asthma she needs to be on maintenance medication instead of just albuterol (albuterol is considered a rescue medication in inhaler or nebulizer form and is not a substitute for controller medication). Mucinex (guaifenesin) may or may not help depending on underlying reasons for her cough, exacerbating/aggravating factors for her cough and underlying diagnosis. ...Read more
I get canker sore at least twice a week and cold sore twice or more in a month. This is getting a bit too annoying. What is wrong with me? Any cure
Canker sores: Are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting. Try to keep adequate oral hygiene as possible. If concerned see your dentist after 10 days or visit today for laser immediate amelioration. ...Read more
Having breakouts along my lip line. Do not tingle like a cold sore, but throb like chapped lips. Have taken 2 gm valtrex, (valacyclovir) no relief. Have picture.
I can't live with my cold sore scar and I'm ready to die. I don't know what to do because I've tried everything to get rid of it and I'm lost now?
See PMD: B12 supplement and Pulsed treatment of cold sore will help. ...Read more
Well, it is possible: To become infected w the herpes simplex virus (if not previously infected w it) if you kiss someone with an active cold sore. There isn't really a 'cure'. Prevention is best. To prevent cold sores from occurring wash hands often. Maintain a healthful lifestyle (regular exercise, nutritious diet, adequate sleep, keeping stress at bay). Contact avoidance is key. ...Read more
If I took a sip from my friends straw could I get a cold sore from that? I don't think she has anything there was nothing on her lips or anything
If you friend does: Not ever get cold sores then you won't get cold sores from her straw. If she is one of the folks that gets cold sores- it is less likely to be contracted if there is no lesion. ...Read more
No: Although cold sore at certain stage may not show a blister but cold sore always start as a small bliste. The appearance of cold sore will change as it progresses through five stages of formation.1Tingle stage (day1to2)causes burning or soreness2Blister stage3Weeping stage (ulce stage)4SCrusting stage5 final healing stage (dau 9 to12) ...Read more
If you get cold sores and you kiss someone and you didn't have a cold sore since 7 years ago will that person get cold sores?
Cold sores: If you haven't had a cold sore in seven years I would not be concerned ...Read more
It feels like I am about to constantly get a cold sore on my lips but I don't get one do you know what the cause of this could be?
Herpes: Herpes infections are what cause cold sores. Typically HSV Type 1. Very common, majority of population has been exposed to this virus. However, it's possible that the virus is being activated (the symptoms you describe) but not to the point of actually causing a break in the skin. Try increasing sleep as viral infections tend to be aggravated by stress. Best of luck ...Read more
My friends kids were over 2 my house & they have cold sores, active lesions, my 1yr old & 1month old were both exposed. Is there anything I can do now 2 ensure they don't get infected & is there anything other than a cold sore that I should n lookin 4?
Cold sores: Your friend's children were very contagious and your 1 yo was definitely exposed if they kissed, shared toys and hands, etc. If you kissed or played with them you could also be potentially infected. Frequent hand washing precautions should be observed now. If your newborn develops a rash, fever, or irritation of the eyelids or eyes, contact your pediatrician immediately. Ban contact of your kids. ...Read more
Why do I get a sharp nerve pain constantly where I get cold sores when I don't actually have a cold sore? Does this mean im contagious?
Herpes in the nerve: The herpesvirus remains dormant in the nerve root. Frequently, people feel pain before they break out, as the virus becomes active. I would. Consider yourself contagious and begin your medication when you feel the pain. This is call prodromal pain. See your physician if your symptoms worsen. ...Read more
Hello. How common is Oral herpes (Cold sore)? I know it don't go away. Is it dangerous? I have had it since childhood. I get it when its cold.
If me and my lover both have hsv-1, and I have a cold sore (she doesn't), will the skin-to-skin contact with the sore gaurentee that she will get one?
Lysine: 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
Faster but not fast.: 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
Herpes: Yes, unfortunately. In my patients who have recurring outbreaks I treat with a low dose anti-herpes medication to suppress the outbreaks and to attempt to break these cycles. Most physicians can manage this very easily. ...Read more
Ice: Intermittently apply ice to lesion. 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
Cold Sore Tips: 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
Not Overnight: 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