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What should I do if I get a cold sore before a cosmetic treatment?

If you carry the herpes virus and experience cold sores on occasion, alert your dermatologist to this so you can plan your treatment around any possible outbreak. Your doctor may advise that you take the antiviral valacyclovir (Valtrex) in advance or reschedule your visit if you already have a cold sore brewing.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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