Monday, January 16, 2012

How to Treat Herpes Simplex 1

By Oliver North

Cold sore sufferers can choose between home remedies, over the counter medicines, and prescription drugs when trying to tackle their cold sore outbreaks.

Let us start off with some simple home remedies: Ice can be your big friend on this one. Just apply it to the cold sore a few times a day. Cooling the sore with this cold compress will minimize the intensity of the sore and will help it go away more quickly.

Cold sores may also be removed through herbal methods, such as applying aloe vera or tea tree oil to the sore. These herbs have been found to soothe any pain and quickly heal the sore.

Despite these plants, one major thing to do is to wash your hands often. This way, you will at least not spread the virus even further unintentionally - to other people or to other body parts.

Furthermore, over the counter drugs are available, of course. The most commonly used ones are topical creams, which can be quite beneficial in your war against repeated cold sores as they reduce itching and speed up the healing process.

It is important to note that these creams only last a short duration, and need to be applied frequently throughout the day.

What is also important to keep in mind is to always take good care of one's lips. Lip-balms can be quite useful regarding this. Healthy lips are less susceptible to cold sores. Alright, and there is one more option: Prescription drugs.

Creams that you can only get with prescriptions from your doctor tend to be a more intense than those without prescription. They might contain acyclovir or penciclovir and were created to speed up the healing process.

These drugs can sometimes be of some help in your fight against cold sores. They might reduce the healing time and / or might even prevent outbreaks from happening altogether. These drugs might be particularly interesting if you suffer from outbreaks a lot.

For a complete cold sore treatment plan you can use to not only heal outbreaks quickly and reduce their severity, but also to totally eliminate their threat to your social life, we have what you need.

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