A Look at Cold Sore Treatments


There are many different types of cold sore treatment available, from antiviral pills to over the counter and prescription creams.  Many people also use conventional pain relievers like aspirin and acetaminophen as cold sore treatment.

People suffering their first cold sore outbreak are often recommended to take antiviral medications.  These pills are only obtainable by prescription, so the cold sore sufferer must consult a doctor first.  Cold sore medication such as acyclovir or famciclovir can provide pain relief and reduce the healing time of a cold sore.  Antiviral medication is most effective if people start taking it when the cold sore first appears.

There are several types of creams used to treat cold sores.  Creams containing docosanol are particularly useful.  Docosanol is used to fight against the HSV-1 virus that causes cold sores and it can relive pain as well as help heal the cold sore sooner.  Other types of cold sore treatment include creams designed to numb the area around the cold sore and moisturizer creams that help revitalize the skin around the cold sore.  Lip balm can prevent the cold sore from cracking open.   

Many conventional pain relief medicines like acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen are great cold sore treatments.  These medicines treat the inflammation, providing pain relief.  While there is no cure for cold sores, there are several types of cold sore treatment that make having a cold sore a shorter, more bearable experience.

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