If I have had cold sores in the past, do I have to have medication prescribed before doing an 8% TCA peel? Thank you.
TCA Peel for Patient Who Had Cold Sores?
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Viral prophylaxis for TCA peel
I agree with Dr. Whitt that prophylaxis would be a good idea and would suggest taking Valtrex as prophylaxis the same day as your chemical peel procedure (2 grams in the morning and 2 grams in the evening).
Viral Prophylaxis in TCA Peel
Although an 8% peel is very superficial and the likihood of an herpetic infection is very small, I would recommend treating you before and for a few days after your peel. I give Valtrex to all of my peel or resurfacing patients if they have any history of cold sores, etc.
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