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What can I do to treat cold sores?

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Cold sores often heal on their own in a week or so. But since you can spread the virus that causes them to other people, start treatment as soon as you notice one forming. Medications you can try include over-the-counter remedies and prescription antiviral drugs. Ask your doctor or dentist if either type of treatment could help you.

SOURCES:

Carol Gomez Summerhays, DDS, San Diego dentist.

David Cochran, past president, American Academy of Periodontology; professor and chairman, department of periodontics, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

American Dental Association: "Common Mouth Sores."

Hugo, F.   June 2006. Journal of Periodontology,

Rosania, A.   February 2009. Journal of Periodontology,

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: "The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)."

Elter, J.   April 2002. Journal of Periodontology,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on July 31, 2017

SOURCES:

Carol Gomez Summerhays, DDS, San Diego dentist.

David Cochran, past president, American Academy of Periodontology; professor and chairman, department of periodontics, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.

American Dental Association: "Common Mouth Sores."

Hugo, F.   June 2006. Journal of Periodontology,

Rosania, A.   February 2009. Journal of Periodontology,

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: "The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)."

Elter, J.   April 2002. Journal of Periodontology,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on July 31, 2017

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