Drugs For Cold Sores
If you are infected with the HSV-1 virus, the virus that causes cold sore outbreaks, you most likely will want to find a cold sore medication that will work for you. Unfortunately, there are very few medications that have been shown to be effective in treating cold sores. Although there are medications that you can use to shorten the duration of the outbreak, and to help with the symptoms, there is no medication that will cure the virus. You will want to consult with your doctor to find the cold sore medication that is right for you. Let's take a look at the different medications your physician may recommend.
Cold sore treatments are more about treating the symptoms during an outbreak than the actual ability to treat the cold sore itself. There are many treatments that can be used to help stave off the symptoms you may be experiencing and prevent the cold sores from coming back for a long time. First, talk with your doctor about your cold sores and understand they are caused by the herpes simplex virus and cannot be cured once contracted. However, there are medications that can be taken to help prevent outbreaks by suppressing the virus in your system and allowing your immune system to work appropriately to protect your body.
Since the pathogen has no cure, efforts to treat the illness is concentrated on lessening the intensity, shortening the duration and providing relief for the symptoms brought by it. Explicit antiviral drugs like oral acyclovir, valacyclovir, or famciclovir might be prescribed by the attending physician in order to hasten and reduce the frequency and intensity of the appearance of the blisters.
Naturopathic treatments of cold sores include applications of the amino acid lysine, which is particularly effective in preventing or reducing the occurrence of cold sores. A salve containing lysine makes an effective lip balm, as dry cracked lips seem to invite a cold sore. Vitamin and mineral supplements may help the body fight the herpes virus, especially vitamin C, E, B vitamins and zinc. A whole foods diet that excludes sugar and refined foods and includes plenty of fiber and alkali-producing foods also can help prevent herpes attacks.
Abreva: The active ingredient is docosanol. Docosanol stops the cold sores from getting any bigger by forming a protective barrier around the healthy cells surrounding the cold sores. Works well in limiting size of the blister if you catch it early. But, by the time the sore blossoms, the damage is already done. A healing cold sore treatment is what you need now. Abreva makers recently paid a million dollars in a court settlement regarding false claims for this product. The studies I've seen show Abreva will shorten the cold sores event by two or three days. I've seen as good or better results just applying ice as a herpes cold sore treatment.
Applying tea tree oil directly to the tingling area or cold sores with a cotton swab can minimize an outbreak, reinfection and spreading. Throw away the swab immediately after using.
The advantages of using tea tree oil are:
Using tea tree oil, avoiding the conditions that bring on herpes attacks, and supporting the immune system through proper diet and hygiene are the best methods for dealing with this annoying and painful virus.
New cold sore treatments are coming out all the time. The market is huge for these products, since nearly nine out of ten people in the world carry the cold sore virus. Medical science has yet to solve this problem, but they are working hard at it.
Right now you will find that natural science is still your best solution to the age-old cold sore problem. Natural home remedies still prove to be the safest, cheapest and most effective cold sore treatments.