Many people who suffer from cold sores are complaining about the sores’ persistent and unpredictable recurrences. They get frustrated each time they wake up and see those red, swollen bumps or blisters on their lips, mouth, or nostrils. Aside from being itchy and painful, these sores are really unsightly. So this article is intended to discuss the ways to treat cold sores.
There are many different ways to treat cold sores. Some are supported by the Foods and Drugs Administration (FDA). Denavir is an example of an FDA approved drug. This, along with Zovirax, Valtrex and Famvir will decrease the period of the sore outbreak and will increase the speed of the healing process. These drugs are taken orally at different doses. On the other hand, there are FDA approved creams too. Abreva is a common example of these external treatments. Other useful and effective creams are Penciclovir and Acyclovir. Like the oral medications, these creams have a positive effect on the sores’ healing process.
At home, you can also find some simple ways to treat cold sores. You can do cold compressess using ice bags or tea bags. Tea is said to contain tannic acid that has a healing effect for the sores. You can also gather some herbs like peppermint and Aloe Vera. Applying a few drops of extract will suffice.
While you are using any of these treatments above, you need to make sure that you keep the sores clean and dry. You also need to take note of the foods that can trigger the sores, like peas and cereals. It is equally important that you eat foods which help heal this condition such as potatoes. You must be meticulous with your foods as well as careful with the factors (like emotional and physical stress) that can stimulate a sore outbreak.