Cold sore treatments are wide and varied. In fact there are so many cold sore treatments it is hard to know where to turn to when you feel a cold sore coming on. Also as well for a lot of people these days, natural treatments are high on the agenda, as putting chemicals and such like on their skin is now a big no no. So where do we start?
Well first of all what happens if we do not do anything? Well on their own, most cold sores will probably disappear in about a week or so. Now of course this really is not a great deal of time, and in fact a majority of people will simply wait for their cold sores to go of their own accord. However, for the rest of the sufferers, a week is too long to wait and they want a quicker healing time.
The reasons for wanting a quicker healing time vary from person to person. For some it may just be because it is painful, for others it feels embarrassing, or they may have an important appointment coming up. So if this is the case what treatments are best?
Well of course this is going to vary from person to person as there are so many different types of cold sore treatment available. For a lot of people that are suffering their first cold sore it is quite often recommended to take an antiviral medication. These are only available by prescription, so of course you would have to see a doctor first of all.
If you have not got the time or the inclination to see a doctor then of course there are over the counter remedies available. Quite often these come as creams containing docosanol, and the reason for this is because docosanol is used to fight against the herpes simplex 1 virus that causes cold sores. Also it helps to relive the pain as well as help the cold sore to heal sooner.
Another route you may wish to go down is to use a conventional pain relief medicine such as acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen. Although not really classed as a cold sore treatment, these drugs can help to treat the inflammation, providing pain relief.