For unsightly and persistent blisters like cold sores, the best medication for a cold sore is highly sought after – and there are many of these available, both with drugs stores and natural cures at home. The results of these treatments vary in effectiveness for different people. Thus, you have to choose what’s best for you too.
At home, you can carry out some simple steps that can help in easing your sores. Cold compresses are effective in easing the pain and itch, and it also prevents further swelling and redness of the sores. Or you can use whole milk for a compress. Simply put a glass of whole milk at room temperature for ten minutes. After which, immerse a clean cloth in the milk and then apply it to your sores for ten minutes. Aside from that, you can also use herbs like Aloe Vera. Gently rub the fleshy pulp of the Aloe Vera to your sores for its antiviral properties to get to work.
On the other hand, drugs can also be a best medication for a cold sore. You can take FDA approved pills such as Acyclovir and other drugs derived from it (such as Zovirax, Denavir, Famvir and Valtrex). These pills hamper the replication of the virus causing a decreased number of outbreaks and a reduced infection period. You can also use topical medications by applying creams on the sores. These creams (like Abreva, Acyclovir 5% cream and Penciclovir 1% cream) will block the outbreak and ease up the discomfort related to these sores. Aloe gel and Herpetrol also have healing effects, because these gels provide a protective film that shields the sores.
The treatments just mentioned are effective but it is still important to avoid the factors that can cause these sores. The Herpes simplex virus is highly persistent that is why it is better to keep it in a dormant stage to prevent sore outbreaks in the future!