Cold Sore Treatment: How to Treat Cold Sores
There is no way to completely cure yourself of cold sores forever.
Unfortunately, you can’t eradicate the cold sore virus from your body altogether; when the virus is not active, it hides in nerve endings in the body for the rest of your life.
The good news is there are many steps you can take to feel better, promote healing, and decrease the chances of recurrence.
A lot of it comes down to getting your timing right.
The best time to start treating your cold sore is as soon as it starts. That is why it is important to recognize your cold sore triggers and your “prodromal” (tingle stage) symptoms which signal an impending cold sore.
The earlier the treatment starts, the more effective it will be in promoting the healing of the sore.
Once the sore develops, you can try treatments such as topical creams to help decrease the viral load. Both over-the-counter and prescription treatment options are available. Consult with your doctor to check which treatment options are best for you.
A hydrocolloid patch, like the POLYSPORIN® Cold Sore Healing Patch, can also be used to help treat cold sores. These patches have multiple beneficial effects. First, they can help ease discomfort, contain the cold sore virus and protect the skin from contamination. Second, they can help conceal the cold sore to reduce any embarrassment that accompanies it. Third, they provide a moist environment to help prevent scabbing, regenerate skin cells, and speed up healing.
Naturally, you will want to find the cold sore routine that works best for you. Armed with this knowledge of the various cold sore treatment options available and your doctor’s advice, you will be in a great position to help ensure your cold sores stay no longer than they have to.