Cold Sore Treatment – Are Over-The-Counter Medications Any Good?
Are over-the-counter cold sore medications any good? There are many brands of cold sore treatment medications to choose from, and may of them claim that they will treat your sore to improve the healing time… BUT, I have personally found that one cold sore medication out-performs the other brands.
My favorite over-the-counter cold sore medication is called Abreva. This is a creme that should be applied to the affected area as soon as symptoms begin. Abreva can be purchased at any grocery store or drug store. It comes in a tiny bottle, but don’t be fooled because that small bottle can save you from days of discomfort and pain!
The most important part to using Abreva to help heal your sore is that it MUST be used within the first 24 hours. It is most effective when the symptoms are first starting, because Abreva helps to slow down the growth of the virus. If you wait for a few days before applying the creme, then you will just be wasting your time because at that point Abreva will not be as effective.
There are other over-the-counter cold sore medications that claim to treat cold sores, but the reality is that they do not speed up healing time. These other treatments only help to temporarily take away the pain, or to keep the scab soft so that it does not crack. Abreva is currently the only cold sore medication that has been approved by the FDA to speed up healing time.
I prefer to keep a bottle of Abreva on hand at all times, that way I am prepared for any un-expected cold sore outbreaks. It is well worth it to have a bottle available to apply when the cold sore is starting, because it may help to slow down the growth of the sore– which will in turn speed up the healing time.