Cold sores are lesions that appear around the areas of the mouth. These are caused by herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1) and can be very contagious. This can be passed from one person to another person when there is close and direct contact.
The virus is activated when something triggers it and causes an outbreak of cold sores. These usually clear up without treatment for about two weeks and may seem that the person did not undergo this kind of viral problem.
But it is best to kill these cold sores with creams so that healing will be fast. This will also keep you from being embarrassed because of an oral viral problem. So you want to get rid of your cold sore? Here are some quick tips.
Get in touch with your doctor. There are lots of over the counter antiviral creams but it is best to consult first your health provider so that you will be sure of what effective creams will suit you.
There are the common ones such as the penciclovir and acyclovir but these are effective only if you apply them when you notice the first signs of cold sores. However, they may be ineffective beyond the early stages. The more specific and more expensive ones are those that quicken the healing process.
Apply these creams if you feel some tingling sensation on the surface of your mouth. This may be an indication of developing cold sores. This is often felt if you have recurring outbreaks of cold sore. You can apply up to five times a day or more for up to five days or more, depending on how much cold sore there is to treat.
Alternative creams - There are also creams that you can apply even to prevent cold sores from occurring. There are resveratrol creams (non-traditional and effective, but only if the doctor gives you the go signal), lysine ointment (to be able to block the virus) or creams that have lemon extracts (for more natural effects).
Recurrent cold sores - Bear in mind that antiviral creams on treat the present cold sore. They do not completely assure future recurrent of cold sore. You may have underlying conditions that may have caused your cold sores to recur.
That is why it is important to consult your doctor for further analysis. You may be at risk of having encephalitis (brain swelling) or gingivostomatitis (results from severe cold sores). Your health provider may have to prescribe you some painkillers for the cold sore and antiviral tablets.
There is extra precaution, though, for pregnant women and children. They may even refer you to an ophthalmologist if the cold sore has complications that may reach the eyes.
It is important to keep an eye on your overall health so that you will be able to work and live life to the fullest. You should be aware on how to treat even the smallest threat because these may get aggravated if you do not take any action.