There's lots of different cold sore treatments, some of them prescription, some over the counter, some that can be done at home, and they all vary greatly in their effectiveness, as well as their cost. Right now, we're going to cover some cold sore basics and then go over various treatment options.
Basics About Cold Sores
Certain strains of the herpes virus cause cold sores. Herpes simplex virus type 1 usually causes cold sores. The first time you get an oral herpes infection it will be from another person who has an active lesion. Shared eating utensils, razors and towels as well as oral contact, such as kissing, may spread this infection.
Once you've had your first outbreak of herpes, the virus lies dormant in the nerve cells in your skin and may come out again as an active outbreak at or near the original site. You may experience an itch or heightened sensitivity at the site prior to each outbreak. Fever, menstruation, stress and exposure to the sun may all cause a recurrence, or new outbreak.
Cold Sore Treatment
Cold sores usually clear up and go away on their own in 7 to 10 days. Topical treatments, such as topical lidocaine or benzyl alcohol (Zilactin), might help relieve your symptoms.
Antiviral medications may somewhat shorten the duration of your outbreak and decrease your pain, if started early enough. If you experience frequent outbreaks, you can ask your doctor to prescribe an antiviral as a cold sore treatment or to help prevent outbreaks before they occur.
Home Treatments and Remedies for Cold Sores:
A home remedy for cold sore or cold sore home treatments: these are too numerous to mention, and many of them simply do not work. My own experience on home remedies for cold sores is with something concocted by a close friend of mine, and even though I've never been big on home remedies I must say that this cold sore home treatment worked both times for me, and even more impressive is I've seen it work on about 25 other people she's tried it on, consistently!
Please have a look at my friend Grace's solution for the matter:
Cold Sore Freedom: Cold Sores Cured in 3 Days
For additional information about home remedies for cold sores, check out my blog at: Cold Sore Home Remedies