February 04, 2015

What To Do With A Cold Sore

Cold sores usually clear up without treatment.  In the meantime, the following may provide relief:
  • topical ointments:  lidocaine, or benzocaine (Zilactin over the counter) can help ease discomfort
  • benzocaine should not be used in children younger than 2 years without a doctor's approval
  • adults should use the recommended dose only
Oral antiviral medications
  •  may shorten the duration of the sores and decrease pain if started early
  •  include: acyclovir (Zovirax), Famcyclovir (Famvir), and Valacyclovir (Valtrex)
  •  may also be prescribed to prevent recurrence for those who experience them frequently, experience   related illness during an outbreak or have indentifable triggers, such as intense sunlight
  •  over the counter pain relievers may help
  •  ice or warm compresses to the blisters may ease pain
Most important: let it heal without squeezing, pinching or picking at any blister.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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