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Cold Sores

Remedies and treatment

There is no cure for cold sores. However, there are preparations and remedies which are useful in cold sore management and in minimizing the pain.
  • Docosanol - is an over-the-counter medication to treat cold sores. It makes the cell membrane healthier thus limiting cold sore infection and severity.
  • Numbing preparations - products containing tetracaine, benzocaine, lidocaine, benzyl alcohol, phenol and menthol numbs the infected area therefore minimizing the pain.
  • Medications containing antiviral properties - zinc, lysine, phenol and tannic acid can help in the treatment process by limiting the capacity of the herpes virus to further form cold sore lesions.
  • Medications containing antibacterial properties - provides quicker healing of cold sores by preventing secondary bacterial infection.
  • Lip balms and petroleum jelly - These preparations keep the skin moisturized and soft reducing possibilities of further cracking and bleeding of the lips and the skin.
  • SPF containing preparations - exposure to the sun can result to cold sore outbreaks. Using lips balms with SPF will reduce further occurrence of cold sores.
  • Apply ice for 5 to 10 minutes every hours. Ice reduces the temperature of the affected area therefore reducing its development. It also eases the pain caused by the virus.
  • Apply black tea as it contains tannic acid. Tannic acids possesses antiviral properties which will help in the treatment procedure.

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