Cold Sores

Did you know? 

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. A person will usually experience a tingling, itching or burning sensation around their mouth, before a sore appears. After initial infection, blisters and sores can reappear because the virus will always be present in the body and can be reactivated to cause reoccurrence of cold sores.

How to prevent: 

People with active symptoms and a cold sore(s) should avoid oral contact with others and sharing objects that have contact with saliva.

How to Treat:

1) ABREVA (FDA approved and fastest healing time)

Topical: Apply 5 times per day to affected area on face and lips. Start at first sign of cold sore or fever blister and continue until healed. 

 

2) ORAJEL- for cold sores 

Topical: Apply single dose to cold sore with applicator; single treatment is usually enough for most sores, but may repeat up to three times daily. 

3) CAMPHO-PHENIQUE (pain relief/itching) 

Topical: Apply small amount to affected area 1 to 3 times per day.