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Treatment for cold sores - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi
User :   Hello
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   how can i help you
User :   Ok I have never had any cold sores or anything like it before. I think I do have one but how do I know it is due to herpes or not. And... if I havent kissed anyone then how did I get it?
User :   Whats the treatment also. Do general antibiotics help. What do I do so it doesnt spread?
Doctor :   do u have any ulcers ? if so are they single or multiple ?
Doctor :   Also how did they present ?
User :   I think there are two on top of my lower lip right corner and they just showed up. Im really concerned cause I think I know ecxactly how I got it. I think I went to a makeup desk to get some make up on and it was contaminated
User :   They started being just simple almost like I bit my lip and now are turning big and yellowish
Doctor :   did u have any pain before they started ? like sensitivity at that location ?
User :   Nope
Doctor :   cold sores are usually caused by HSV 1
Doctor :   Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, are groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth.
Doctor :   The skin around the blisters is often red, swollen, and sore. The blisters may break open, leak a clear fluid, and then scab over after a few days.
Doctor :   They usually heal after several days to 2 weeks.
User :   So if I go to a Dr to get something can I prevent the spreading & scabbing? Does it have a cure?
Doctor :   yes
User :   Ok.
User :   Thanks!
Doctor :   Cold sores will usually start to heal on their own within a few days.
Doctor :   Treatment may include skin creams, ointments, or sometimes pills.
User :   I tried abreva but it hasnt stopped it since yesterday
Doctor :   Treatment may get rid of the cold sores only 1 to 2 days faster, but it can also help ease painful blisters or other uncomfortable symptoms.
User :   pills meaning antibiotics?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   acyclovir tablets can be taken
User :   Ok i have some. Should I use those instead?
Doctor :   but they need prescription
Doctor :   but you can use acyclovir ointment as well to heal them
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   u can use them
User :   Clyndamicin works?
Doctor :   no
Doctor :   this is a antibacterial oinment
Doctor :   u need a antiviral oint
User :   Oh....
User :   Thank you.
Doctor :   you are welcome
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