Treating Herpes Symptoms - Topical Remedies
Even if you’re already on an oral anti-viral med, as we discussed last week, you may want to target any subsequent outbreaks with a topical treatment to speed healing.
Furthermore, if you rarely suffer from outbreaks and you find that topical treatments work for you, it may be a more cost-effective method.
Over the counter options for cold sores include Abreva (Docosanol) and Lipsovir (acycolvir + hydrocortisone). You can also get antiviral topical treatments prescribed by a doctor, including Acyclovir (Zovirax) or penciclovir (Denavir). (Just as a side note – the suffix "ovir" is a good sign that a treatment is antiviral.) Another over the counter ingredient to look for is benzoyl peroxide, which can help to dry the lesion.
Popular topical home remedies include aloe vera, tea tree oil, and honey (although only honey has had any studies done on its wound-healing properites). If you're interested in simply soothing the area and relieving some of the pain, you can also try cold compresses, ice cubes, or even soaked tea bags.