Types of Cold Sore Medicines

Suffering from cold sores is not only painful but also unsightly. In reality, there are at least 100 million people who suffer from cold sores annually. In such a scenario, it is good to understand the different types of medications available for cold sores for that would be handy to get treated in case a need arises in future.

Cold sores, other wise known as fever blisters are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1. The infection is not only contagious but also has the capability to remain passive within the body for a very long time.

The Reality behind Cold Sore Medicines

A quick search in the Internet would reveal that a cold sore medicine, irrespective of whether it is an over the counter medication or a prescription drug proves to be very useful for one while testifies to be useless for the other. Such feedback is mainly due to the usage of wrong medication.

Cold sores are generally associated with different stages. The cold sore medications are intended to be used at different stages of the cold sore. A thorough knowledge in this arena is a must before you opt for the cold sore medicines in really if you really want it to be effective and powerful. Aberva might be effective when applied at the tingling stage while the same may prove to be futile if used after the formation of blisters while Zovirax might be powerful even when applied after the formation of blisters.

As such, it is recommended that you discuss the development stage of cold sore with your medical practitioner and resort to the pertinent and the best cold sore medicine to get rid of the same as quickly as possible.

The Types

There are different types of cold sore medicines that are available in the market today. In general they can be categorized as prescription cold sore medicines and over the counter cold sore medicines.

Prescription cold sore medicines constitute Famvir, Valtrex, Acyclovir, Denavir and the recently FDA approved Lipsovir. While Lipsovir belong to category C drugs that are likely to harm even an unborn baby, Valtrex and Denavir belong to category B drugs that are unlikely to harm the fetus in the womb. These prescription drugs however work towards healing the lesions quickly and bringing down the replication of the virus infection. None of them guarantee a complete cure or ejection of the virus from the human body.

Popular over the counter cold sore medicines include Abreva, a moisturizer and Viroxyn, an inhibitory agent. While there are several other OTC cold sore medicines in vogue today, it is highly recommended that you seek your doctor’s advice before you resort to any medications to be completely safe in the long run!


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