How to treat cold sores?

Cold Sores. If you have frequent cold sores, you can talk with your doctor about acyclovir. Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus and Acyclovir is an antiviral. Over the counter regiments include drugs such as abreva.
Abreva. You can use abreva over the counter. To prevent: avoid stress. Avoid dry lips - use chap stick to prevent chapping. Do not lick or bite your lips. Avoid peeling off the skin of your lips if they get chapped. Get lots of rest and exercise regularly. Cold sores are contagious!

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How to treat cold sores?

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 an ulcer forms, topical antiviral agents are needed. Read more...
Valtrex, (valacyclovir) etc. Agree w dr.Ryan. Here are more 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). Read more...

How do people treat cold sores and pimples?

Separate issues. Pimples: moist heat, good soap and water wash (not scrub). Otc benzoyl peroxide may help. Cold sores are an auto-immune inflammatory condition that arises in response to stress, trauma and 'whatever they feel like coming from!' best treatment is time and leave them alone. Both will undergo natural healing cycles in ~14days. Avoid numbing gels as they can increase trauma risk and delay healing. Read more...

How can I treat my child's cold sores?

Time and pain meds. Cold sores are caused by viruses. The good news is that they will go away on their own. The bad news...there's not much that you can do to expedite it. For the most part, if the cold sores are painful, you can give your child pain meds (Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen). Always check with your pediatrician if you don't know the dose or if you are not sure if that medicine is appropriate. Read more...
Popsicles! That's right, popsicles. Cold and soothing, sometimes it's the only thing kids are willing to try when their mouth is so sore. Popsicles distract from the pain, while affording some much-needed hydration in a child who is probably avoiding, if not flat-out refusing, most food. Avoid citrus juices (painful). Make your own to save money. If your child is dehydrated, try pedialyte pops. Read more...
How many? How many sores does he have? How often does he get them. Where are they located? How old is your child. Are you sure that they are cold sores. If they are chronic and debilitating intra oral medication taken daily may prevent, or they could treated with a ointment to alleviate the symptoms. Most cold sores will heal within 7-10 days with or without treatment. Read more...
Fever blisters. Cold sores (also called fever blisters.) groups of fluid-filled blisters that often erupt around the lips and sometimes under the nose or around the chin. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 and are very contagious. The initial infection (primary herpes) may be confused with a cold or flu and can cause painful lesions to erupt throughout the mouth. Once a person is infected wi. Read more...
Topical. Ambesol or orabase are 2 good topicals you can get at most pharmacies. If is severe your dentist may be able to prescribe viscous Lidocaine if appropriate! Read more...