What Helps Cold Sores Go Away?
If you have a cold sore, it is important to consult Dr. Weishar for treatment. This can help reduce the risk of further infection to yourself and others. You are of further risk to others if you have an autoimmune disease like HIV or cancer. Or, if you have any of the following concerns:
- Cold sores have spread to other parts of the body, for example, your hands or eyes.
- Cold sores that last for more than two weeks
While OTC topical or oral medications may help, there are other treatment options. Dr. Weishar may prescribe the following antiviral medications as part of a regimen to help promote healing:
- Options may include Docosanol Abreva or Acyclovir cream. These ointments must be applied directly to the blister, using a clean tool for each application.
- She also prescribes drugs such as Acyclovir Zovirax, Valacyclovir Valtrex, Famciclovir or Penciclovir Denavir.
Patients throughout Philly, Bucks County, and Montgomery County commonly ask Dr. Weishar why their cold sores return after treatment. She says common triggers such as stress, allergies, colds, tiredness, and sunburn can cause fever sores to return. And since there is no cure, prevention is key.
Preventative measures may include:
- Taking good care your immune system
- Being sure to get enough rest
- Using a lip balm with UV protection
- Washing your hands
You can prevent the spread of the virus by practicing good hygiene. This includes not sharing utensils, towels, lip balm, or razors. You should also refrain from touching or kissing others if you have the infection.