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.