How to Heal Cold Sores Fast

Posted May 13, 2014 by admin in Cold Sore Facts

Heal Cold Sores Fast – 8 Cold Sore Treatments that Work

Have you noticed that some people heal faster and recover quicker from cold sores? And how cold sores always appear at the worst possible time – just before a wedding, an important social occasion, a date or an exam?

There are no cures for cold sores, but there are several ways to treat them and to reduce their duration and intensity.

The key to successful cold sore remedies is to focus on both prevention and treatment. Be aware of the most common cold sore triggers.

These are the best ways to treat and manage a cold sore outbreak


1. The earlier you treat a cold sore, the better

The best time to start treatment is when you first notice the tingling sensation that signals a cold sore. By taking action before a cold sore even appears, you’ll be able to reduce the length and size of the outbreak.

These first few hours are the most effective time to start treating a cold sore. After this, any efforts you make will be less successful.



2. Preventing cold sores with antiviral medicines

There are a number of suppressive medications designed to treat cold sores at the tingling stage.

Your doctor will be able to prescribe antiviral medications such as Famcliclovir (Famvir), Acyclovir (Zovirax) and Valacyclovir (Valtrex). These medications can be expensive but are the most effective way of treating herpes simplex,

One of the most common treatments is cream based form of these medications, such as Zovirax cream. Many chemists and drug stores will have their own brand of these creams which contain the same active ingredients and are usually considerably cheaper.

If you suffer from cold sores its a good idea to have a tube of this cream this handy at home, so you can act fast if you feel a cold sore coming on. Applying Zovirax cream to the skin before the cold sore appears is an extremely effective way of stopping cold sores from reaching the blister stage.

Even if you don’t act fast enough and a cold sore forms, treating the outbreak with Zovirax can dramatically shorten the life of the cold sore and reduce the damage to your skin.


3. Treating cold sores at the breakout stage

If you’re suffering from a cold sore, don’t worry – there’s still hope. One of the most effective treatments is a topical cream, such as Dynamiclear.

Dynamiclear can reduce the pain from a cold sore outbreak and help to speed up the healing process. The good news is that it can also help to reduce the frequency and number of future cold sore outbreaks in the same location.

You can only use this treatment on a cold sore that is weeping and cracked. if you can’t feel a slight burning sensation when you apply it to your skin (similar to rubbing antiseptic lotion onto a cut) using it will not help.

4. Other creams and treatments

In addition to popular treatments like Zovirax, there are a number of other remedies that are available over the counter from chemists and drug stores.

Abreva cream contains Docosanol and can prevent cold sores if applied early enough during the tingling stage. Zilactin contains Benzyl alcohol and many cold sore sufferers report that it can speed up the cold sore healing process.

Other popular treatments include Carmex and creams and ointments with zinc oxide.


5. Moisturizer and Petroleum Jelly

There is some debate about whether keeping cold sores moisturized is an effective treatment. This is something that has to be assessed on an individual basis, so try it and see what works best for you.

Keeping cold sores moisturized will slow the healing process, but it will also prevent cold sore outbreaks from cracking further and spreading the infection.

If you do you moisturizer or petroleum jelly (such as Vaseline) on your cold sore, be careful not to spread the infection further. Make sure not to dip back into the moisturizer or jelly with the same finger you used to touch your sore. Better yet, use cotton buds.


6. Use a new toothbrush and small tubes of toothpaste

Your toothbrush is in close contact with your mouth and is an ideal vessel to spread the cold sore virus. If you are suffering from a cold sore outbreak, your toothbrush can reinfect you after the initial cold sore outbreak has healed.

Replace your toothbrush as soon as a cold sore appears, and once it has gone, replace your toothbrush again.

You can also spread the herpes simplex infection through toothpaste. By using smaller tubes of toothpaste, you’ll be replacing it more often and will reduce the chance of spreading the infection.


7. Don’t spread the infection

Cold sores are highly contagious and when you are suffering from an outbreak it’s easy to spread the herpes simplex virus. Heal your cold sore as fast as possible and take these steps to stop the cold sore virus spreading.

  1. Keep the cold core clean and don’t touch it. You don’t want to spread the infection to other parts of your face.
  2. If you do touch your cold sore, don’t touch other part of your body. Be very careful about touching your eyes. The HSV-1 virus can cause a lot of damage if it spreads into your eyes.
  3. Practice good hand hygiene and wash your hands as soon as possible after touching a cold sore. Washing your hands frequently is a good way to minimize the risk of the infection if you have a cold sore or if you are around someone with a cold sore.
  4. Don’t share objects that touch your lips and mouth. This include drinks, eating utensils, cigarettes, make-up and lipstick.
  5. Avoid kissing and skin contact with other people. Wait until your cold sore has fully healed before getting romantic with your partner.
  6. An active cold sore can spread the herpes simplex virus to the genital area by oral sex. Don’t give or receive oral sex if an active cold sore is present.


8. Keep living your life

Although cold sores can be painful and unsightly, they don’t last forever. Don’t let them control you.



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