Aciclovir is the active ingredient in many cold sore creams, whether these are brand names of generic versions.
Aciclovir is an antiviral agent, which helps fight off the viral infection that causes cold sores. It can be applied at the very first sign of a cold sore, such as itching and tingling.
If the cold sore has already appeared, then it can speed up the healing process.
Cold sores can be painful and unsightly. Dealing with them as quickly as possible makes a lot of sense.
Dealing with cold sores
Cold sores can be brought on by a number of factors, including stress, exposure to sunlight and the common cold.
Cold sores are highly contagious. If you have one, you should take steps to ensure it isn’t passed on.
Wash your hands thoroughly after touching a cold sore, and do not share face cloths. Avoid kissing and oral sex to stop passing on the virus.
Lip balm or sun cream applied to the lips can limit the pain caused by cold sores.
Alternatives to Aciclovir
Aciclovir is a highly effective cold sore treatment, and most patients should respond well to it.
However, if you find it doesn’t work for you, you can try:
- Compeed cold sore patches
- Cymex cream
At Rightdose, we believe people should have a choice when it comes to their health. That’s why we offer a wide range of cold sore treatments.
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