Cold Sore Creams

By Jomvie


Cream ContainerCold sore is also known as fever blister, a painful blister filled with fluid that is usually seen on or around your lips in which distinguishes them from canker sore that usually breaks out inside the mouth. Cold sore creams are readily available to gain quick control over the outbreak. These medications coupled with proper medical advice can prevent complications and lessen the severity of the attacks.

Cold sore is caused by a herpes virus and rarely breaks out inside the mouth especially during the initial episode. There are eight different types of human herpes viruses, but, there are only two types that causes cold sore, herpes simplex type 1 and 2.

Herpes Simplex Twins

Herpes simplex type 1 is believed to be infecting above the waist, while, herpes simplex type 2 infects below the waist. But, it is not completely true. Both type 1 and 2 herpes virus infects lips or genitals and the recurring type of herpes virus around the lips is always type 1 herpes simplex virus.

So, how would you prevent catching the virus? It is obviously avoiding direct contact to the person who is infected with a blister or sore. Even in the absence of blister, they can always give you the virus because it will always be there in their body for life. Some virus will just hide or “sleep” under your nerves, but, it will replicate overtime and soon there will be thousands of them.

It is not easy getting rid of cold sore as there is no cure for herpes virus infection, however, antiviral drugs is made accessible to lessen the symptoms and breakouts of herpes virus and can speed up healing faster with proper management. You also have a choice to let it heal by itself but it will take several weeks of healing until the signs and symptoms subsides.

Choose Your Cream

To get rid of cold sore fast, here are the following lists of over-the-counter and prescribed creams  that are commonly used for cold sores:

Docosanol cream. Apply the cream on the affected area directly by rubbing it gently, five times a day. This helps cold sore relieve from discomfort and exceptional reports of fast healing. It is best used as soon the symptoms have appeared.

Pencyclovir cream. Apply directly to the cold sore every two hours for 4 days. It helps decrease pain and speeds up healing.

Acyclovir cream. Apply on cold sore directly, five times a day for 4 days. This is best used once your cold sore feels tingling or red, before the actual sore has appeared.

Use a drying agent. Drying the affected area reduces risk of bacterial contamination, which infects and prolongs the duration of cold sore. Use a small amount of 70% rubbing alcohol or astringent directly on the infected area.

Tips:

  • Apply cold compress: Cold packs will numb the area therefore helps reduce the pain and itching.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers, if necessary: Pain is usually associated with cold sore; and to help you provide relief from it, you can take acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  • Plenty of sleep, proper hydration and vitamins is the best way to avoid cold sore breakout. Reduce stress as much as possible, wash your hands and throw cosmetics that are used on your lips to avoid future breakout.

It is best to consult your doctor if cold sore had lasts for two weeks in the absence of pain and with the use of conventional home treatments and antibiotics.

Last Updated: November 12, 2013


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