Like the saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
You can get rid of cold sores by knowing what triggers them and keeping these triggers in check. The usual culprits of cold sore outbreaks are stress, anxiety, sickness, acidic foods, extremes in weather, or a weakened immune system. Every action you take to avoid these triggers helps you prevent cold sores.
The best time to get rid of cold sores is in the first stage called the prodrome stage. This is the stage where the virus starts reproducing itself. Once you get that tingling and itchy feeling, start treatment as soon as possible.
The remedies that you use at this stage can reduce the severity of the infection, its duration, and the area effected. It can also soothe the pain and itchiness. This might even stop further development of the virus and successfully prevent an outbreak from progressing.
The following are prescription medications that can be used at the first sign of an outbreak:
There are oral and topical medications available to get rid of cold sores. These are prescription drugs that are available at most drug stores. Below is a list of FDA approved drugs.
Denavir (Penciclovir) – is a prescription only topical cream that is applied on the surface of the face and lips. It is not intended to be used inside the mouth, nose or genital and rectal areas. It is to be applied on the affected area every two hours for four days during daytime. Penciclovir, its active ingredient, makes its way into the infected cells and stops the fusion and reproduction of the virus that causes cold sores. Denavir gets rid of cold sores at an average of four and a half days.
Zovirax (Acyclovir) – is a prescription only medication that is available in the form of a cream, ointment or capsule. The cream form is applied externally five times a day for four days. Oral acyclovir is to be taken five times a day. Therapy should be started during the prodrome stage or when lesions appear.
Famvir (Famciclovir) – is a prescription only antiviral medication that is available in the form of a tablet. It hinders the reproduction of the herpes virus which in turn reduces the pain that the cold sore brings. At the first sign of an outbreak a single dose of three 500mg tablets are to be taken.
Valtrex (Valacyclovir) – is a prescription only antiviral medication that is available in the form of a tablet. It is a one-day oral treatment. Two grams of Valtrex is to be ingested at the first sign of a cold sore outbreak, then to be taken again 12 hours later. It should not be used for more than one day.
Stop them before they start
There are also non prescription vitamins and supplements that can get rid of cold sores or shorten an episode. With the right combination of these supplements you may even be able to stop cold sores before they start.
Since “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, shouldn’t you discover how to get rid of cold sores?