Ridding one’s body of cold sores is extremely difficult. People try everything. Here, in Dave Letterman style, are the top 3 methods which fail to control cold sores.
#3 – Prescription Drugs
There are four main prescription drugs used to control the herpes virus: Penciclovir (Denavir), Acyclovir (Zovirax), Famiclovir (Famvir) and Valacyclovir (Valtrex).
Two of them, Famiclovir and Valacyclovir, are still being evaluated for safety.
These Drugs are antiviral medications that work by disrupting the reproduction of the HSV virus. They are most effective if taken within 5 to 10 days of the first herpes infection in the body (not the first outbreak). This factor makes the window of opportunity short. After only a few months the potential for suppressing the virus drops to zero.
Some people use these drugs orally when a fever blister outbreak is eminent. The consensus is that these drugs do help retard the development of the sore.
There are also 2 prescription ointments that are approved by the FDA: Denavir cream and Zovirax cream
If these are applied very early in the cold sore or fever blister outbreak, (in the tingling, itching stage) they can help limit the duration and/or severity of the occurrence. They do not cure the virus or prevent outbreaks from developing. They are used to help limit the severity of fever blister outbreaks.
The possible side effects of Denavir are skin irritation, rash, hives, headache, or a change in the sense of smell. The possible side effects of Zovirax are dry/cracked lips, burning, rash, swelling, severe dizziness, and trouble breathing.
#2 – Changing the Ph of the Body
Some remedies for fever blisters are very complicated and hard to implement. One such remedy wants a person to change the pH of the body. (PH is the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a person’s body fluid.) Water is considered neutral with a pH of 7.0. The normal pH range for the body is 6.0 to 6.8 which is mildly acidic. The suggestion is to have a pH of 7.0 to 7.3 or even higher. The recommended way to accomplish this is to use a special diet.
Changing the pH of the body is very difficult. Not only does it require a special diet, but according to my physician, if one is able to change his or her body’s pH; the body will naturally adjust back to its regular pH very quickly. If it doesn’t return to normal and the system stays alkaline, a person may experience a myriad of unpleasant side effects, which I will not attempt to list here.
#1 – Over the Counter Treatments
The experts say that commercially available remedies are mostly for comfort. They try to sooth the pain of the cold sore or fever blister, while the body naturally heals. Over 61% of the people reporting, say that commercial preparations are either not effective, or even make the cold sore or fever blister outbreak worse.
In addition they can be very expensive: up to $20.00 for a miniature .07 ounce tube. Avanir Pharmaceutical who markets Docosanol under the name “Abreva”, was even sued in a class-action law suit in March 2007 for making the misleading claim that it cut recovery times in half for cold sores or fever blisters.
What are the top number 3 methods which fail to cure cold sores?
#3. Prescription drugs
#2. Changing the pH of your body
#1. Over the counter treatments
Since these are not very effective, there must be a better way to defeat cold sores.
You may even be able to stop them before they start.