Cold sores are simply a manifestation of the herpes simplex virus. In most cases, cold sores will eventually disappear if left alone without treatment, although may take several weeks. However, you can get rid of cold sores fast by trying prescription medication, one of the over-the-counter dedications, or alternative medical treatments often used against cold sores. Keep in mind that people respond differently to each medical treatment option; therefore, not all treatment options will produce the desirable result – especially true for alternative medicine. Some tips on how to get rid of cold sores fast include:
Over The Counter Cold Sore Treatments
Docosanol can be effective if you apply it gently and rub it into the affected area up to 5 times daily. Docosanol-containing cold sore creams are FDA-approved for use as a cold sore treatment. It relieves the discomfort caused by cold sore and is mostly reported to heal cold sores faster. However, be sure to check the label before applying it as the amount of medicine to use usually varies with the strength of the cream. This treatment produces best results when applied as soon as the symptoms occur.
Using a styptic pencil to “draw” on the cold sore affected area 1-2 times daily can also help relieve cold sore discomfort. These tools work through a unique concept that the alum in the pencil promotes healing by causing the blood vessels to contract. It is usually used in treatment of small cuts, such as those brought about by shaving. Although styptic pencil will tend to hurt after application, the pain usually fades away with time and reduces the pain or irritation.
Using a dying agent with a 70 percent rubbing alcohol/ astringent or petroleum jelly dries out the affected area and reduces the risk of bacterial contamination, capable of infecting and prolonging the cold sore duration.
Alternative Cold Sore Remedies
Rubbing a little vanilla extract, tea tree oil (melaleuca oil), sea salt, tea, or a few drops of hazel extract directly onto the old sore with a sterile cotton will usually bring some relief. 100percent pure vanilla extract contain anti-infection agents that can tame the viral infection faster. Backers of the tea tree oil allegedly claim it reduces cold sore duration by 50 percent with its antiseptic properties. On the other hand, gurgling salt water can treat cold sores inside the mouth. If used on the skin, press on the sore for 30 minutes and let the salt granules stick to the sore before washing away with clean water. The tannins in tea contain antiviral properties. Moreover, the anti-oxidants in tea help boost the immune system and make the body stronger to fight the present cold sores while preventing future occurrence. Hazel contains astringent properties, which dries out the sores and causes it to disappear quicker.
Creams, such as Pencyclovir (applied after 2-4 hours for four days), and Acyclovir (applied 5 times a day for 4 days) can be used on the cold sores. They speed up healing and decrease the pain caused by cold sores. Famciclovir, an oral anti-viral table, can also be taken at the onset of cold sore signs to get rid of cold sores fast and treat sores, rashes, and blisters caused by the herpes virus.