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Medicine For Cold Sores – Not What You Expect

Posted on August 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

Recognizing that there are millions of cold sore sufferers, it is no surprise that a wide variety of medicines has emerged. Some of the better known include:


  • Carmex – Developed in the 1930s, Carmex is a topical lip balm used to relieve the symptoms. Ingredients menthol and phenol help speed healing.
  • Anbesol – Made with Aloe and Vitamin E, it moisturizes the irritated area while it protects it and treats the pain.
  • Orajel – Topical cream that provides moisturizing and pain relief.
  • Zilactin – Gel dries to form a protective film and relieves pain.
  • Lysine Cream – amino acid topical application that some have found to be effective in slowing viral growth and accelerating healing.


Denavir (R) and Zovirax (R) – Both products are FDA approved for the treatment of cold sores/fever blisters and have the capability to interfere with the herpes simplex virus’ ability to replicate (produce more virus particles).


Lysine supplement – an amino acid that is safer to take than prescription medications. It has been found to be more effective than topical application in slowing viral growth and aiding the healing process.

Vitamin & Mineral supplements – Since you immune system is the only real defense you have against viral infections, the best, but most overlooked “medicine” for cold sores, is a quality regimen of vitamins and minerals. It is the first thing you should begin to speed the healing process and shorten the outbreak duration. If continued, it can prevent or at the very least minimize the recurrence of cold sores. Certain vitamins help in particular ways.

  • Vitamins B & C are important in fighting the stress that is a major cause of cold sores. They also help in healing
  • Vitamin E will help heal the sores and prevent new outbreaks.
  • Minerals Calcium & Zinc also heal and prevent new outbreaks.

Natural Remedies

These are a few time-tested remedies that have helped cold sore sufferers for generations.

  • Hydrogen Peroxide – like alcohol, hydrogen peroxide sterilizes the wound, but in addition, it adds extra oxygen to promote healing.
  • Ice – Since the Herpes Virus does not like the cold, putting ice directly to the sore inhibits the viral replication process and may even stop the outbreak if applied early enough.
  • Frozen Tea Bags – this works the same as ice with the added benefit of natural antioxidants in tea aiding in the healing process.
  • Garlic Oil – it is best to use the juice from fresh crushed garlic or you can cut a clove and rub it directly on the sore. Either way, the garlic attacks the virus and aids in the healing process.
  • Aloe Vera – this is another remedy that is best when using fresh, live aloe vera leaves. Cut or break the leaf and apply the sap directly to the sore. Aloe has miraculous healing properties.
  • Vitamin & Mineral Supplements – this one is worth repeating because it is one of the best and most effective things you can use against the recurrence of cold sores.

To find the best solution for you, will require some patience and experimentation. As I mentioned earlier, everyone it different so results will vary for each individual. These are tested and proven ways to deal with cold sore outbreaks and to limit the duration and recurrence. Be patient and you will discover what works for you!

6 Types of Cold Sore Treatment

Posted on August 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

When you are suffering with a cold sore the question you want answered more than any other is what cold sore treatment is most effective? The answer will depend on your personal preference and a few other factors.

Prescription Treatments

A first outbreak can be especially painful and will many times call for medical treatment. When you first encounter HSV, you may become feverish and have blisters in and around the mouth. This can call for a more aggressive treatment.

Subsequent outbreaks will not be as severe; however, prescription treatments are very effective in treating cold sores especially when caught early. Below are the three prescription treatments most frequently prescribed:

– Denavir (generic name penciclovir) this is an antiviral ointment that interferes with the virus’s ability to replicate. It is not considered a cure but simply a mechanism by which to manage the effects and shorten the duration. Recommended dosing is application every two hours for up to four days or roughly nine times per 24-hour period.

– Zovirax This is a cream similar in nature to Denavir, however, the manufacturer claims it is more convenient and works in fewer doses. The recommendation is topical application five times per day.

– Acyclovir is an antiviral drug used to treat a host of viral infections. Including genital herpes and shingles. This drug can be administered orally or in an ointment to be applied to the affected area.

Home Remedies

There are times when medical treatment is either unavailable or unwanted. In these cases, a few home remedies have been found to be effective.

– Ice, applying ice to the affected area in the early stages will stifle the cold sores ability and ease the side effects of pain and itching. Place ice on the area for a few minutes every couple of hours.

– Tea bag, tea contains an antiviral property called tannic acid. Many over the counter treatments contain this acid, moisten a black tea bag, and place on the area during the tingle stage for a few minutes every hour. You can also place a warm tea beg on the area for up to 30 minutes.

– Lysine, studies are not conclusive on this remedy but some preliminary research has shown that the correct mg dosage can greatly speed recovery time. This has not been approved by the FDA and should be used on the advice of competent medical professionals.

Perhaps the best treatment of all is prevention. Cold sores can appear for seemingly no reason at all. However, professionals agree that certain criteria make an outbreak more likely. The herpes virus stays dormant in your system indefinitely and rises to the surface when the body is stressed. Illnesses and emotional stress are all contributors the waking the virus that will form a cold sore. Try to keep yourself from becoming run down and practice relaxation techniques to eliminate stress. Above all keep, any infected area clean and be diligent to prevent the spread. Hand washing and good general hygiene will go a long way in this.

Everything You Need To Know About Herpes: Symptoms, Treatments, and Prevention

Posted on July 29, 2018 in Uncategorized

In general, herpes is not considered a very serious affection and can be treated quite easily. An important characteristic of the herpes simplex virus is the fact that once infected, a person remains infected for the rest of life.

After the primary infection, the virus stays dormant until it gets activated with or without a specific trigger, but normally during periods of weakened immune system the herpes simplex virus is most likely to re-activate.

Outbreaks are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Of the eight different known types of the virus, the most common are HSV-1 and HSV-2, which presents in the form of red bumps with fluid-filled blisters, small but painful, localized around the face or genital area.

The virus is transmitted through direct contact with an outbreak or even skin to skin contact since the virus has periods when it can be transmitted even without a present outbreak.

Herpes Labialis (cold sores)

It is caused by the infection with HSV-1 type virus. There is the possibility that at the time of the infection, no outbreak will occur. If there is an outbreak at the time of the infection, it is likely that this first cold sore outbreak will be more severe than any recurring ones. It starts off with a small, bumpy, red area, where the fluid-filled blisters form around the lips and mouth and up to the nostrils. Symptoms are an itching and burning sensation. Cold sore outbreaks are painful and unpleasant. The blisters eventually dry up in a few days, leaving behind a crust which will fall off within a week, leaving behind no traces.

Some common cold sore outbreak triggers are:

– infections
– high fever
– exposure to sunlight
– menstrual periods
– pregnancy
– stress
– fatigue

Genital Herpes

In general, a person becomes infected by having unprotected sexual contact with a person infected with HSV-2 (genital herpes).

Symptoms appear in about two weeks from the transmission and have a duration of 2-4 weeks. Still, many people infected with HSV-2 can never have an outbreak or have very mild ones which can be confused with insect bites or skin irritation. In general, people with genital herpes have an average of 4-5 outbreaks per year.
With time, the recurrence of herpes outbreaks (both cold sores and genital) decreases.

Treatment of herpes consists of local application of antiviral cream (Acyclovir, Zovirax) and of antiseptics in more extensive outbreaks to prevent further spreading or infection of the virus. In case of more severe outbreaks, the antiviral treatment for herpes can be taken orally, with the dosage and period strictly recommended by the doctor. It is important to remember that the treatment for herpes can shorten the length of an outbreak and relieve its symptoms, but it will not prevent future herpes outbreaks.

What Do We Do When We Have A Herpes Outbreak?

– apply antiviral cream a few times a day on and around the infected area
– cold compresses reduce inflammation (decrease swelling and redness)
– ibuprofen and paracetamol relieve the pain and discomfort
– avoid acidic foods and drinks (citrus, tomatoes)

How Do We Avoid And Prevent Herpes Outbreaks?

Avoid prolonged exposure of the lips in direct sunlight (using a hat or applying chapstick or cream with an UV filter);
Avoiding intimate contact (i.e. kissing) with people who have a genital or labial herpes outbreak;
Avoid sharing towels, cookware, or other objects with a person who has a herpes outbreak.