Finding the right treatment for cold sores can be difficult. This is frustrating and embarrassing. There are many medications on the market, and even online. Some are effective, but others may not be as effective. The stage of your condition and when treatment is started are key factors in cold sore relief.
It is important to determine which cold sore treatment medication is best for you. It is better to find the most effective treatments than try every possible bad sore treatment. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved some of the most effective medications.
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FDA has approved Abreva as an over-the-counter drug to reduce the time and severity of cold sores. Abreva contains docosanol, a unique active ingredient that helps to protect healthy cells from bad sore contamination. Abreva is safe for children aged 12 and over. FDA-approved treatment for repetitive cold sores is Denavir.
The medication will be most effective if it is started within one hour of the onset of symptoms. Denavir reduces the time required for viral exfoliation. People with cold sores will see great benefits from Denavir if they are applied early. However, there are still some improvements if the medication is started after the blisters have formed.
Zovirax is a medication that has been approved by the FDA to treat recurring cold sores. Tablets and capsules are also prescribed to treat another herpes bacterium such as shingles, genital herpes, and chickenpox.