Winter is almost here which means that cold sore virus is again on the loose. No matter how we try to avoid getting these unwanted blisters, we often times end up curling in our bed hiding from everybody.
Cold sores are indeed annoying. Aside from the stinging pain and itchiness that they bring, these blisters may make you feel embarrassed as they don’t look good. People may as well get the idea that you are someone with no personal hygiene.
I Have Got a Cold Sore. What to Do?
Take a deep breath. There is no reason to panic as there is no magnitude 9 earthquake. Cold sores, though highly contagious are easily treated. Yet you should not immediately head to your nearest local pharmacy store for an over the counter medicine. It is advisable to have your doctor check those blisters. By doing this, you will be able to get the accurate medicine that your condition needs.
Common Prescription Medicines for Fever Blisters
Topical prescription medicines can reduce itching and pain. These creams and ointments can also shorten healing time.
- Denavir cream
- Zoviraz cream and Zovirax ointment
- Xerese cream
Oral Prescription Medicines
Oral prescription medicines or oral antiviral medicines are typically used when the first sign of cold sores occur. It is advised to immediately take these oral medications when the first itching and burning begin.
- Valtrex® or Valacyclovir
- Famvir® or Famciclovir
Some people would just opt to go to their kitchen and reach for a home remedy. There is nothing wrong in doing this, yet still it is essential that you really know the proper ways in using that ice or cold milk on your cold sore. Again referring to a doctor or to someone who has a medical background is better than just believing in your grandmother. Though granny’s herbs and concoction work, consulting with your doctor won’t as well do any harm.
Should I Kiss my Lip Stuffs Goodbye?
Most people would throw their lipstick, lip balm and everything associated with their lips away when they got cold sores. Getting rid of all your lip stuffs, according to doctors are not necessary as the virus- Herplex Simplex- will eventually die. Thus means that even though they are infected, through time this virus will die and all your lip stuff will again be free from any sort of cold sore virus.
Yet again, as a hygienic habit, be selfish with you lipstick and lip balm.