While cold sore remedies based on anti-viral medications can be highly effective in preventing the full force of an attack in many individuals, there are a range of reported side effects that may make it preferable to use alternative treatments. In addition, these medicines are not generally advisable for anyone with a suppressed immune system, such as through HIV infection or undergoing a course of chemo or radiotherapy and should be avoided during pregnancy.
Common side effects caused by medicinal cold sore remedies include headaches and dizziness, while skin may become sensitive to touch, dry out, or become itchy – how this compares with an untreated sore though is for the sufferer to decide. Of course with attacks lasting up to 2 weeks and with an disfiguring sore on your mouth, you may decide that the side effects are worth the trouble. However, you can also try natural remedies and see how they compare as many people report relief from such treatments.
If you suffer from cold sores regularly it may be time to evaluate your lifestyle and make changes accordingly. Cold sores are brought on by a weakened immune system and often coincide with periods of prolonged stress, overtiredness due to lack of sleep, poor diet and lack of exercise, as well as when suffering from a cold or flu. If this is the case with you, you should consider:
1. Eliminating the cause of stress and make time to relax. Many people find meditation or yoga can help with this.
2. Ensure you go to bed and rise at the same time every day and get adequate sleep. Typically people need 8-9 hours sleep, although most people get less.
3. Change your diet to avoid fatty foods, eliminate processed sugar and carbonated drinks, reduce read meat and eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.
4. Walk for 30 minutes every day if possible and lose weight if you need to.
As you can see there are side effects caused by medicinal cold sore remedies and while there are natural treatments you can try the best option for many people is to make lifestyle changes that reduce the frequency and severity of cold sore attacks by making sure their immune systems are kept in peak condition.