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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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Aloe vera

Aloe vera gel can be very helpful in speeding the healing of the scab. It grows wild in many places so may even be in your garden at home.

Fact Sheet - Aloe Vera Gel for herpes

The gel helps to regenerate new skin cells while allowing the sore to breathe and remain dry while it is healing.

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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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Cortizone is contra-indicative

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

Cortizone (and anything that contains steroids) is a big no-no with herpes.

Steroidal based treatments are contra-indicative with viruses like herpes because, although they may seem to work excellent to begin with, they ultimately allow the infection to thrive and become worse.

Read the Herpes Facts Pamphlet for more details @ http://www.herpes-coldsores.com/herpes_pamphlet.php

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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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Scabbing

Often, whether a scab forms or not relates to the area that is affected and how much moisture there is.

A scab or crusting is less likely to form if the area is overally moist. In these types of cases, the area will often close over and heal rather than forming a scab.

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

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To scab or not to scab

lol not at all. Many people do NOT get scabs. It is the same process if you fall over and graze your knee. A scab will normally form to help repair and protect the healing area. It is more a natural mechanism of the body than a direct effect of the virus.

This is why people who have very mild symptoms also tend to have no scab appear, it relates to the nature of the wound and the body's natural method of healing.

I posted this sentence on another post earlier, it is very helpful in explaining what is happening when a scab forms:

Under the surface of the scab all kinds of things are going on. New skin cells are being made to help repair the torn skin. Damaged blood vessels are being fixed. White blood cells, the kind that fight infection to keep you from getting sick, go to work by attacking any germs that may have gotten into the sore. White blood cells also get rid of any dead blood and skin cells that may still be hanging around the sore.

By the time it's all done, a new layer of skin will have been made.

It is important not to scratch or pick the area while it is healing (even though it can be tempting). If you pick or pull at the scab, you can undo the repair process and rip your skin again, which means it will probably take longer to heal. You may even get a scar. So let that scab sit there - your skin will thank you!

To help relieve the itching and make this process as fast and pain free as possible we recommend applying Biogenic Aloe vera gel. This gel is pure, non-sticky and works quickly to repair the 'crusting' or scab that forms during an outbreak.

This is taken from: http://www.dynamiclear.com/aloe_vera_for_herpes.htm

Shenda

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Also very interesting. So would you think maybe that if a scab does not form during the healing process that it may be more likely that redness and tenderness may linger alittle longer than some one who scabs per say? Kind of makes sense in a way. Only because a scab seems to protect the underlying skin... especially skin regenerating. Which I can imagine would be sensitive. I'm babbling...

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Often, whether a scab forms or not relates to the area that is affected and how much moisture there is.

A scab or crusting is less likely to form if the area is overally moist. In these types of cases, the area will often close over and heal rather than forming a scab.

i always thought keeping the sores dry would heal them faster. am i wrong? *confused*

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Aloe vera

If the area is kept dry it is likely to heal much faster. If the area becomes wet or overally moist it can cause the scab to become soggy and fall off prematurely, this could prolong healing.

Aloe vera, unlike many other topical creams and ointments, allows the skin to 'breathe' naturally while nourishing it with vital nutrients.

How does it work?

  • The gel forms a unique barrier over the wound that protects the area and "seals in" essential nutrients, while still allowing it to breathe normally.
  • Stimulates the manufacture of collagen (a protein that supports healthy skin).
  • Rebalances the skin's pH, restoring and protecting the skin.
  • Dissolves dry, dead skin cells that clog and interfere with normal oxygen exchange.
  • Contains the Amino Acid L-lysine and other important active compounds, some of which are exclusive to Aloe vera.

The Biogenic Aloe vera gel featured in this article is pure Aloe vera barbadensis. You can find this plant variety growning in many gardens. Using the fresh plant will also work excellent, the main advantage with the Biogenic Aloe vera gel sold here is that it is non-sticky and transparent, so you can apply it and then go out, if need be.

Be mindful of using Aloe vera in a cream or ointment, as it is very likely that it is not the pure inner gel that you need and is sometimes considerably less effective due to both the quality of the plant used and the loss of vitality after it has been processed into a cream or ointment.

Hope this helps,

Shenda ;)

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yes, thanks a lot. I have the natural plant in my backyard :)

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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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