Honestly pop the valtrex. If you want to do it for more than the usual one suggested day, ask your doctor for the cream too if you have health benefits so you don't have to pay for abreva ( but abreva is just as good if u don't have benefits ) and I cannot stress to you guys enough how amazing the new Polysorin cold sore patches are. Seriously it covers the complete sore (s) and looks like nothing is there except a possible tiny scar. You can't feel the moving liquid inside the sore or the burning and your not embarrassed to go to work. I live by these things now. Perfect for men or women in my opinion and I actually think they look better when you don't cover them with makeup but that is an option.
What to expect if you receive steroid injections : Immediately after each injection, the keloid becomes really swollen and discolored, and it actually looks much worse. Then, over the next few weeks, the steroid thins out the skin, the keloid flattens, and the color looks more normal.
Laser treatments : I underwent 3 or 4 laser treatments, but I did not see any significant improvements in color. My dermatologist said that laser treatment helps with color in about half of keloid patients. Although laser didn’t work for me, the color of the keloid has improved on its own with time.
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