Cold sores treatments

Cold sores treatments

Cold cores bring a lot of discomfort but you are not alone in this problem. According to the newest research about 70% of Americans suffer from this condition having test positive for herpes simplex virus type 1 that provokes cold sores.


A primary HSV-1 infection occurs in childhood and remains dormant reactivating from time to time. Some people face it rare, for others cold sores is a frequent condition. It is also transmitted by direct contact with saliva or infected skin. The exact cause of cold sores remains unknown but there are some factors provoking the virus. Among them are dental treatments, trauma to the lips, stress, illness, sun exposure.

Most of dentists state that cold sores have no cure but some medications can help to treat the condition or to prevent it occurrence.

As usual dentists prescribe the following antiviral medications: Famvir (famciclovir), Valtrex (valacyclovir) and Zovirax (acyclovir). But keep in mind that none of them can eliminate the dormant HSV-1 infection provoking cold sores they only help to heal it faster and relieve you from discomfort and pain.

These medications provide an effective help in cold sores outbreak prevention during for example ski or beach vacation that can provoke sun exposure. According to findings of recent research, if you use valacyclovir before having some dental procedures you may avoid relapsing outbreaks. As a treatment may be also prescribed antiviral creams or ointments as for example Denavir. It positively affects duration and size of a cold sore.

Use penciclovir as soon as you have noticed any symptoms as tingling, burning or blisters, itching and pain. The dose is individual but as usual you are to apply cream to the cold sores areas during four days every two hours.

And remember that there is a difference between canker sores and cold sores. Canker sores are not contagious; their cause doesn’t relate to virus, they appear inside the mouth only. And the cold sores vice versa are contagious, provoked by a virus and appear on the lip, outside the mouth. Do not use antiviral medications to treat canker sores.


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