Posted on June 23, 2018
Cold sores can ruin an otherwise good day or more for just about anyone. They can become unsightly, irritating and are also contagious. These are just a few of the reasons, why applying correct treatment, in a timely manner, is so important.
Cold sores are an irritating source of discomfort for anyone that has to experience it. They contain the HSV-1 virus and can remain dormant, but unfortunately the virus can become active without warning. These active viruses form lesions that can cause decreased confidence, spread to objects and potentially contaminate the skin and body of another person. Tingling sensations precede the actual lesion, so you’ll want to pay attention to your body. Once there are signs of cold sores, there are ways to treat the outbreak.
The easiest cold sores treatment is over-the-counter medication cream. The cream helps to decrease the irritation and makes people feel better in general. It does not decrease the amount of time it takes to heal the lesions and the effects last approximately for 20-30 minutes. So, it has to be applied continuously throughout the day. One of the more prominent benefits of using a skin cream is that it keeps the lesion moist and can help avoid cracks in the lesion.
Now, if over-the-counter skin cream isn’t enough to help alleviate your problems. The next logical step is to use prescription strength skin cream. Acyclovir and penciclovir are both skin medications which can reduce the duration of the outbreak by about half a day. Either of these medications should be used for four continuous days. Acyclovir should be used five times a day and penciclovir should be used every two hours that a person is awake. Prescription strength doesn’t mean it is the most effective medication. These creams still have limitations, since they can not thoroughly penetrate the outbreak and enter the HSV-1 virus replication site.
There is another medically proven option left, for fighting cold sores. The FDA has approved of both Zovirax and Valtrex as medicinal pills which can be taken to combat the herpes simplex virus. It has the greatest effectiveness when taken in the early stages of the outbreak. There are possible side effects to taking these pills, such as headache, nausea or diarrhea.
It is common that some people may experience side effects when taking medications for any illness or infection. It is best to consult a doctor before taking any medication. Of course, there are home remedies, not listed, which some people believe are effective against cold sores. There is not enough statistical data which confirms the effectiveness of home remedies and as such, they should be taken with precaution. Cold sores treatment usually is either, over-the-counter medical cream, prescription strength cream or prescription strength pills. Appearances can make or break you at times, so take care and choose the right treatment for yourself, after consulting your doctor.
Posted on June 17, 2018
Cold sores. Notable comedians like the great, late, Mitch Hedberg have been known to make effective jokes about them and have made countless audiences laugh. However, having oral herpes -which is what it really is-is no laughing matter because the condition is not only painful but it’s also embarrassing. Thankfully there are effective ways on how to treat a cold sore and here are a few of those.
At this point, you have to understand that it’s a virus and like any virus it can be controlled and managed. Medical science has taken us a long way and your next step at this point is to take effective anti-viral drugs to help control outbreaks.
Zovirax and Famvir are two of the well-known antivirals available in the market that’s usually used to help treat a cold sore. These antiviral drugs taken with a generous application of topical antiviral creams or ointments usually does the trick and helps keep down the outbreak. Acyclovir or pencicolor are well known in topical antivirals that can reduce the symptoms of your cold sore.
Another way on how to treat a cold sore is to use antivirals in a preventive measure. Take the antiviral medication as soon as you notice the first signs of an impending outbreak and use it as a form of suppression therapy. Taking the antivirals daily in conjunction with topical antivirals may help prevent an outbreak altogether or at the very least reduce the intensity of one.
You should also treat the other symptoms such as the fever and the pain caused by a cold sore outbreak. Use fever reducing medications with the antivirals to help treat the fever and then opt for painkillers or numbing creams to help ease the pain.
There are also more “traditional” methods on how to treat a cold sore and there are those who swear by them so it might be a good idea to try. Among these traditional methods involve applying aloe or lemon balm to the affected area to help soothe the pain. Some people also suggest that the simplest method of applying ice or a chilled tea bag for 5-10 minutes help them reduce the spread of the virus. This method is also known to help ease the pain and lessen the size of the blisters and the cold sores.
It’s been suggested that cutting down on caffeine may help manage the outbreak as the substance has been linked with the onset of the virus. Proper stress management during times of outbreaks is also a key in managing the problem as stress plays a key role in any affliction.
Finally, there’s keeping a positive outlook and above all, being patient. As embarrassing and hopeless as it may seem, having cold sores is not the end of the world and should not be a cause for you to lose your hope. Remember that at worst, the outbreak lasts for two weeks, at best 2 days -and that’s a very manageable affliction.
Posted on June 11, 2018
Cold sore medicine can be an effective way to quickly reduce the healing time of your blisters, but if you choose to use a cold sore medication it is important that you begin the treatment process within the first 24 hours of symptoms. The medication is most effective in the beginning stages of an outbreak, so don’t delay your treatment.
This article is going to talk about several different kinds of cold sore medicine that is available– some of them are over-the-counter (OTC) medicine that can be purchased at most grocery and drug stores, and other types of medicine are prescription so you will need to talk to your doctor if you are interesting in trying those treatment options.
There are several different types of OTC options for cold sore medicine. Some of them only treat the pain and others help to reduce the healing time. Usually the OTC medications are topical creams or gels that need to be applied directly to the affected area. Gels such as Anbesol, Zilactin, and Orajel are used mainly to assist with the pain and lessen the discomfort you are feeling.
Abreva is one of the best OCT options, it has been approved by the FDA and this cream has been shown to help reduce the healing time. When Abreva is applied within the first 24 hours of a coldsore outbreak it may help the skin to heal more quickly and efficiently.
One other option for OTC cold sore medicine treatment is actually an amino acid– L-Lysine. Some people may benefit from taking Lysine supplements, because it may speed up healing time and prevent future outbreaks. Also, Lysine may be purchased in a cream form to apply directly to the affected area.
There are prescription cold sore medicine options available, but you will need to visit with your health care provider to see if that is the right treatment option for your needs. There may be side effects associate with using a prescription medication, so it might be a good idea to try natural treatments first. The most common prescriptions that are used are: Denavir ® and Zovirax ®
There are also other home treatment options that can successfully help to reduce healing time and prevent future outbreaks. If you are hesitant to try a cold sore medicine, then you should implement a home treatment first to alleviate your coldsores that way.