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Will they soon find a cure for cold sores? Are they working on it? When will they find one?

Will they soon find a cure for cold sores? Are they working on it?  When will they find one?

No absolute cure...: Cold sores are caused by labial herpes virus which is also called type 1 herpes simplex virus( genital is type 2). This virus hides in nerve terminals so to say and when there is some type of stress it may show up again. It can be treated at the moment it appears with medication that encourages the virus to leave the area but it will not "kill"'it or avoid it from hiding in the nerves again. ...Read more

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 generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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How can I cure my cold sores?

How can I cure my cold sores?

See a dentist: Treatment of sores in the mouth can vary dramatically depending on the cause of the sore. So it's wise to see a dentist or physician to diagnose and suggest an appropriate treatment. Cold sores can be controlled, but not cured. Until you can see the dentist/physician, keep the area clean with warm water rinses. If eating/drinking is painful, try bland foods. ...Read more

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Home remedies to cure cold sores fast?

Home remedies to cure cold sores fast?

Lysine?: Cures are difficult. Palliative treatment (less pain while healing) include otc's like zylactin, herpecin. If cold sores are frequent and debilitating, your doctor can prescribe preventative medicines. Staying healthy helps cold sores heal faster. Some believe lysine helps. ...Read more

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What is a good way to cure cold sores?

Lemon balm: 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. ...Read more

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How can I quickly cure cold sores quick?

How can I quickly cure cold sores quick?

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 valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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How can you most effectively cure cold sores?

Lemon balm: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. ...Read more

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How can I quickly cure cold sores over night?

How can I quickly cure cold sores over night?

A volatile solvent: Many times a herpetic (cold sore) lesion can be aborted if caught in the 'premonition' phase (when you feel the burning sensation) by the topical application of a volatile solvent such as ether or chloroform. I should be applied topically with a q-tip and sparingly. Dab it with the solvent three or four times and repeat a few hours later. If the lesion has already appeared, it can't be stopped. ...Read more

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How can I cure my cold sores without having to use drugs?

How can I cure my cold sores without having to use drugs?

Time: There are no good cures for cold sores other than the fact that they will resolve spontaneously.Current medications, at best, work poorly. ...Read more

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What is a cure for herpes cold sores?

Prophylaxis: Time will make the active infection go away. If you are getting cold sores repeatedly, your doctor can prescribe antiviral medications to help prevent them from returning in the future. ...Read more