Cold sores are spread by contact with a person who has the virus. They are most contagious from the time they first appear until they get dry and crusty. Once the virus is in your body, you may get cold sores occasionally for the rest of your life as the virus remains dormant in the nerve cells. Bright sunlight, wind or stress may be triggers.
Over the counter options that can help with healing include:
- Abreva, a topical antiviral used to speed healing if used early in the outbreak
- Anesthetics (Anbesol, Zilactin) help stop the pain itching until healing occurs
- Vitamin supplements like lysine or immune boosting supplements
- Vaseline and lip balms can help with moisturizing to avoid cracking
There are also many effective prescription medications used to treat cold sores.
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