Cold sores. Notable comedians like the great, late, Mitch Hedberg have been known to make effective jokes about them and have made countless audiences laugh. However, having oral herpes -which is what it really is-is no laughing matter because the condition is not only painful but it’s also embarrassing. Thankfully there are effective ways on how to treat a cold sore and here are a few of those.
At this point, you have to understand that it’s a virus and like any virus it can be controlled and managed. Medical science has taken us a long way and your next step at this point is to take effective anti-viral drugs to help control outbreaks.
Zovirax and Famvir are two of the well-known antivirals available in the market that’s usually used to help treat a cold sore. These antiviral drugs taken with a generous application of topical antiviral creams or ointments usually does the trick and helps keep down the outbreak. Acyclovir or pencicolor are well known in topical antivirals that can reduce the symptoms of your cold sore.
Another way on how to treat a cold sore is to use antivirals in a preventive measure. Take the antiviral medication as soon as you notice the first signs of an impending outbreak and use it as a form of suppression therapy. Taking the antivirals daily in conjunction with topical antivirals may help prevent an outbreak altogether or at the very least reduce the intensity of one.
You should also treat the other symptoms such as the fever and the pain caused by a cold sore outbreak. Use fever reducing medications with the antivirals to help treat the fever and then opt for painkillers or numbing creams to help ease the pain.
There are also more “traditional” methods on how to treat a cold sore and there are those who swear by them so it might be a good idea to try. Among these traditional methods involve applying aloe or lemon balm to the affected area to help soothe the pain. Some people also suggest that the simplest method of applying ice or a chilled tea bag for 5-10 minutes help them reduce the spread of the virus. This method is also known to help ease the pain and lessen the size of the blisters and the cold sores.
It’s been suggested that cutting down on caffeine may help manage the outbreak as the substance has been linked with the onset of the virus. Proper stress management during times of outbreaks is also a key in managing the problem as stress plays a key role in any affliction.
Finally, there’s keeping a positive outlook and above all, being patient. As embarrassing and hopeless as it may seem, having cold sores is not the end of the world and should not be a cause for you to lose your hope. Remember that at worst, the outbreak lasts for two weeks, at best 2 days -and that’s a very manageable affliction.