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 what's the best way to treat cold sores?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Herman Liem
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Herman Liem
Dr. Herman Liem
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Dr. Robert Brodsky
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Wait

Wait a week or use something to chemkically burn them up.

In brief: Wait

Wait a week or use something to chemkically burn them up.
Dr. Robert Brodsky
Dr. Robert Brodsky
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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Besides antivirals,

A lot of people with recurrent h.
Simplex cold sores have obvious triggers that bring it on. As an example, sun burn. If that is the case, using a sun screen will clearly prevent an outbreak.

In brief: Besides antivirals,

A lot of people with recurrent h.
Simplex cold sores have obvious triggers that bring it on. As an example, sun burn. If that is the case, using a sun screen will clearly prevent an outbreak.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Dr. Larry Lutwick
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Dr. Richard Ruden
Dentistry

In brief: Laser

The use of a laser like the biolase md laser can immediately reduce the pain and heal the cold sore quickly.

In brief: Laser

The use of a laser like the biolase md laser can immediately reduce the pain and heal the cold sore quickly.
Dr. Richard Ruden
Dr. Richard Ruden
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Oral antiviral drugs

Oral antiviral drugs, such as Acyclovir and several others, are effective in preventing outbreaks of cold sores, decreasing the severity of sores, and shortening the healing time of sores.
Topical lip balms with anti-viral abilities can help, but not as much as the oral medications do.

In brief: Oral antiviral drugs

Oral antiviral drugs, such as Acyclovir and several others, are effective in preventing outbreaks of cold sores, decreasing the severity of sores, and shortening the healing time of sores.
Topical lip balms with anti-viral abilities can help, but not as much as the oral medications do.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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