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The scab stage...

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I always wondered why do herpes scabs seem to take so long to heal. Anyone know why? I remember last time I had a herpes outbreak, I actually cut my finger with a knife by accident and that cut was much worse than the cut/sore from herpes, yet it healed much quicker! Why is that?

Also does anyone know how to speed up the healing of a scab? Any lotions, creams??? Or is it better to just keep it dry and leave it alone?

Btw, I am referring to genital herpes.

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I've had 2 ob's with sores and never a scab. I imagine you can put several different things to speed healing. Topically I've heard positive feed back on wheat germ oil and stuff like dynamiclear.

My friend swears by using Domeboro. It is a powder you mix with water that you then soak a compress in or add it directly to a bath or sitz bath and apply to the affected area to speed healing.

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I use topical zovirax - mine normally heal in 2 - 3 days.

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scabs suck, the only outbreak i had with scabs was the very first one.

and it was a monster.

i put a&d ointment on them.

but it takes so long cause, either a) its a pretty big outbreak, and has lots of skin to heal. B) immune system not up to par c) the virus is still active and shedding, so it might be keeping the skin from healing so it can try and infect people.

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This is so weird because unlike you guys, I never really get sores! And I have zero pain when going through an OB. Its just a swollen red area, then next thing you know, a scab forms.

what is a & d ?

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a&d is an ointment. I think that's the brand name. It's been around for a long time.

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I went the ther Derm yesterday and got a cortizone shot and it sped the healing process up dramatically.

this isn't an option you can use everytime since it isn't healthy to get too many of these shots but when you have a golfball sized swollen weaping sore on your face and have to go to work the next day...

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I went the ther Derm yesterday and got a cortizone shot and it sped the healing process up dramatically.

this isn't an option you can use everytime since it isn't healthy to get too many of these shots but when you have a golfball sized swollen weaping sore on your face and have to go to work the next day...

This is what I'm looking for, something to get me through the work week. What stage were you in when you got the shot and where did he inject? I would love an update on your progress.

On scabs: It seems that every other time I have a cold sore ob, I get a scab. I swear the scab is the longest part of the process and often the largest/most ugly. I'm now trying Aloe Vera gel and trying to keep the d*mn thing as dry as possible otherwise.

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I as well keep hearing about scabing. Seems pretty common. My primery ob was terrible but had no scabs. I had the start of two more ob and still never a scab weird. Crazy the way this virus works. Wish really wish there were specialist out there for this.

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interesting. Good to know. All this talk about scabbing. Thought maybe I was odd. lol.

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What I use which seems to dramatically improve healing, maybe its just me, but Neosporin always seemed to speed up the process substancially, but im not completely sure the more educated here could explain why this would be good or bad, but it seems to work for me

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What I use which seems to dramatically improve healing, maybe its just me, but Neosporin always seemed to speed up the process substancially, but im not completely sure the more educated here could explain why this would be good or bad, but it seems to work for me

Neosporin makes it moist again, so I don't know if that's the best.

Is it advisable to put purell (with aloe) on a dried out lip sore?

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Aloe gel works nice on scabs. Stops itching I just hope it heals the scab fast!!

I also got a tube of zovirax from a friend but I don't know if its good to start putting on a scab (too late for zovirax I guess??)

This thread should be a sticky (there should be a sticky for each stage in fact!)

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So, this is my first ob. I only got really small tiny blisters on and around my lips (no scabs) which are now gone but I still can't get the huge blisters in the back of my throat to go away. Anybody ever get them there? How long do they usually last? Mine are going on over three weeks with little to no improvement. Is this normal? Any suggestions? I think I going to make this a new thread it is really starting to irritate me.

Thanks,

-B-

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This is so weird because unlike you guys, I never really get sores! And I have zero pain when going through an OB. Its just a swollen red area, then next thing you know, a scab forms.

what is a & d ?

I have almost the exact same issue... mine usually takes 3-5 weeks from start to completely gone. My latest though is a real ball-buster. Been re-curring (i think) now for about 4 months!:mad: I want to rip my bottom right lip off. I wonder if its possible to have the nerves removed from a targeted area of the body. hmmm:confused:

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Yay my scab fell off (kind of on its own since I was putting zovirax on and it kind of slid off)

There is a little pinkness where the scab was... Is this ok?

I am going to continue using zovirax and bactroban to ensure I don't get any germs etc.

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purell seems to work for me. it tends to dry it out, which is what i usually want.

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Oy vey I am back to the crusting/scab stage.

Luckily its not big, and on the bottom of my lip.

I am on vacation and I have no access to anything at all. I happen to always bring these things with me and I wonder which will help heal the crusty scab the quickest.

-zovirax

-Lysine + in a tube by quantum (which has zinc oxide 1.2% and tea tree oil and vitamins etc.)

- purell (used this so it formed a scab within 24hrs)

- salt? Can this clear out a scab?

Thanks in advance

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beescroft,

i had the exact situation. i was putting abvera on and my scab fell off. i put more abvera. it seems closed, but i still have a small bump. does that mean it hasn't healed all the way? when do people know when it is totally healed? i'm getting all these tingling sensation all over my lips, but nothing is happening. i'm not sure if it is because i'm stressed over this or if there will be another outbreak. last question, is it okay to put vaseline on your lips? Mine then to be super dry (chapped) and i use vasoline to make the moist. any advice would be great. thanks.

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If the scab fell off and it is tender, I would say you are OK, but put some lip balm rather than a chap stick type. If you are tingling just try to chill out and relieve yourself of stress.

Vaseline should be OK, but not during an OB as from my experience keeping it dry is what its all about. Once those bad boys start tingling put it on ice and nail polish remover and it should go away after a day or two.

It sucks I missed this one, but the scab I have is not too large thankfully. Tonight before bed I think ill just be sticking with Zovirax because it has been helpful in the past. I have 2 at the moment, I caught one and it never blew up but this other sucker came out of nowhere!!

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Referring to H2...

I've had two mild OBs. First one scabbed the second one didn't. The first was located in a drier area than the latter.

I take epsom salt baths. It seems to help speed up the healing by drying the sores. Best part is I feel cleaner afterwards than using soap alone.

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Thanks msd. I am referring to a cold sore, so do you feel salt is ok to put on a scab based on your experience?

I also have small bubbles that never progressed so I have no idea what to do in that area :(

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Bees... I wouldn't put salt directly on an infected area. You'd be running in the streets screaming your head off!!

I don't have experience with h1 at that level. Motherly advise....you might try gargling with sea salt then letting the water wash over your sores while your spitting it out. Just a pinch of salt in a glass of water. Don't let the water soften the scab too much or pick. If nothing else, it might help keep the area sanitized. Might also try it when you get the first sign of a sore too. Wouldn't hurt to try.

My mom got very large blisters on her lips when she was stressed out. She mentioned using a Herp chap stick helped her. I don't know what other treatments she tried.

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