Today is the a special day for you. When you wake up this morning, somehow you feel a pesky cold sore forming. The worst thing is that they always show at the wrong time. Not only that these sores can painful, imagine the embarrassment that you have to deal with. You are definitely right when I say they are downright annoying. So why don’t you catch them early, and fend them off with 5 tips as illustrated below.
Abreva (docosanol) is one of the best over-the-counter topical remedy for cold sores. I believe you have watched a commercial for Abreva at least once in your lifetime. The ad may shed light on the ugly sides of the herpes virus. But Abreva is known for its effectiveness in minimizing the pain associated with fever blisters. It also helps making the size of the blisters smaller. When you start to feel that tingle, you should apply it as soon as you can. Abreva also makes it possible for you to put makeup on sore that has been treated.
Apply with a cotton bud. You should not use your finger. The herpes virus is contagious, so it can easily spread to other regions of your body if your fingers are infected. You should not use it more than 10 days. The cream is meant to be used 5 times daily. Once the sore has become non visible, you can stop using it.
Generally, the results you get Abreva is not comparable to the prescription option. However, due to its price that most people can afford to buy it, I think you should try it.
If you are the kind of person that will faint at the sight of needles, then oral prescriptions would be best for you. Phone your doctor for information on Famvir, Zovirax, and Valtrex and maybe you can take them. These oral prescription can help you fight off infection and prevent the herpes virus from spreading.
If you have no time to visit your pharmacist, then you can try Visine. You can also calm the inflammation of cold sores with this eye drop.
In Europe, most people who choose holistic treatments for cold sores use lemon balm or mellisa. The substances in this essential oil have exhibited their abilities in suppressing the herpes virus. The German researchers found that the outbreaks were less frequent or the sores were non-existent for those with chronic cold sores who used lemon balm often.
In laboratory setting, resveratrol, has demonstrated its ability in suppressing the herpes simplex virus. Based on a study performed at the Northeastern Ohio University, if resveratrol cream was applied one or six hours after the subjects were infected with the herpes virus and applied topical from two to five times daily, the cold sore stopped developing, The effectiveness of resveratrol cream is comparable to 5% acyclovir topical cream. Another good thing about resveratrol is that it works in herpes infected animal even the virus has developed a resistance against acyclovir. No side effects were documented until now.