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just wondering, during an out break, is there something i can do

to make the sore heal quicker.

( salt water, ect??)

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Try to keep the sores clean and dry. Use the cool setting on a hairdryer if it helps. Also, you can try soaking in a warm bath with epsom salts. That at least gives you a little relief when you're in pain. (I did all of this during my first outbreak---thank God I've only had 2 ob's since I was diagnosed two years ago. The first one was TERRIBLE!) Good luck!

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Happy new year, newbie. Watch what you're putting in your body i.e. diet and your sleep habits. Also try to avoid any unnecessary stressors. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, sugar, caffiene and drink tons of water. Best of luck. ms.

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supplements or foods rich in: vitamin a, vitamin b complex, vitamin c, zinc

You could also try aloe vera as a topical. Make sure you drink enough water (2L/day is recommended, most people are dehydrated).

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I can't say enough about powder. At first I was worried that it would get in the sores and aggrevate them, but my doctor had me using baby powder because it's so gentle. It keeps the area really dry which promotes healing and it felt so much better. I felt like it stopped that nasty moist feeling you can get and it stopped the itching for me too!

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Try a Lysine supplement for cold sores

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      Thank you for sharing that. Very resourceful.
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      I wasn't following the conversation closely, but yes, all that matters in terms of being contagious is if the virus makes it to the skin.
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      @Cas9 isn't that a "technicality"? From the sound of it this means that on a cellular level there is a daily battle but at the end of the day the virus can't transmit until it is present on the skin... right? I mean the question will still be: how many days is the virus present and transmittable. The mechanism (the technicality) is important but also not important... but I could be wrong, just trying to interpret. 

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