A cold sore is a skin disease that can cause extreme discomfort to the sufferer. Here are some tips to help you when treating cold sores.
Let’s start with the most important tip on how to treat cold sores, what to avoid and what to use for treatment. Here are the 3 most common things that can make your cold sore worse:
Sun Exposure: Sun exposure is a leading cause of cold sores and is also one of the biggest contributors to a person developing a cold sore. The sun’s ultraviolet rays can break down your skin’s natural oils. This causes your skin to become dry and easily irritated by the slightest touch.
Treating the Redness: This is also the most common problem for the cold sore. Redness is caused by a reaction of the body’s immune system. This means that it will be a matter of taking care of the symptoms and giving the immune system a break.
Treating the Inflation: All viruses produce this annoying inflamed lump on the surface of the skin. The only way to get rid of it is to cure the virus that gave rise to it. A good way to do this is to use an antiviral treatment and/or an anti-inflammatory remedy.
Over-the-Counter Medicines: Over-the-counter medicines should be limited and only used for temporary relief. If the cold sore gets bigger, you may want to use something stronger medicine will be needed. However, there are many over-the-counter medicines that work and many people have reported success with them.
Using Over-the-Counter Medications: When a viral type of virus is involved, this means it’s likely to be a group A, non-typhoidal, adenovirus or herpes. Usually, these are easier to treat than a common cold sore so, if you do experience a severe case of a cold sore, a trip to the doctor is a good idea.
Over-the-Counter Medicines: There are some over-the-counter medicines that work well in healing cold sores. So far these include amoxicillin, gentamicin, kanamycin, lomefloxacin, nystatin, phenol blue, Quaternary ammonium compounds, tebuconazole, erythromycin, minocycline, miconazole, sulfasalazine, tioconazole, flucanizumab, and moxifloxacin. Most of these drugs are used as monotherapy with a combination of two or three in order to eliminate the virus.
Cold Sore Treatment: The doctor may recommend an antiviral drug such as erythromycin to fight the virus. Another choice is amoxicillin, but it must be used with care. It is also not advised for use alone, it must be used in combination with another antiviral.
Ointments and Creams: Ointments containing benzoyl peroxide, macrolides, imiquimod, clotrimazole, tacrolimus, ciclopirox, chloretrim, ketoconazole, griseofulvin, terbinafine, neomycin, or fexofenadine have been used for cold sore treatment. These OTC medications are similar to medications that are used for more serious skin infections, so they can often clear up cold sores fairly quickly.
Topical Creme: Creme of Nature and Neutrogena are both names you may have heard of for creams and lotions. These OTC brands are some of the best available for cold sores. You should try any of these out and see which is best for you.