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Cold Sore Prescriptions and Over-the-Counter Treatments

By Lizzie De La Cruz
January 1, 2022

If you suffer from cold sores, you know how awful an outbreak can be. Cold sores can be painful and embarrassing. Luckily, there is relief available. Cold sore prescriptions and over-the-counter treatments are both effective at shortening outbreaks. They also can suppress future outbreaks.

The symptoms of a cold sore outbreak can include:

  • Blisters on your mouth, lips, nose, or throat
  • Flu-like symptoms, including fever and achy muscles
  • Mouth and/or throat pain
  • Neck swelling

Cold sores are easy to spread. It’s important that you treat your symptoms as soon as they start to reduce your own symptoms and to avoid spreading the cold sore virus to loved ones. You can easily make a plan with a Wisp doctor online that will help you manage outbreaks and keep cold sores from running your life!

Cold Sore Prescriptions

Antiviral medications can reduce the chances of a big, painful, cold sore outbreak. They can also reduce the chances that you will spread the virus to others. There are two ways to use these powerful medications. If you have frequent cold sore outbreaks, you may need to take an antiviral medication every day. This is called suppressive treatment. On the other hand, some people only need to take medication when they feel an outbreak is coming. This is called episodic treatment. A doctor can help you to decide what type of treatment you need.

Cold sore prescriptions like Valacyclovir and Acyclovir are both equally effective at treating cold sores. In order to prevent an outbreak, they should either be taken daily or within 48 hours of feeling the itchiness, tingling, and pain of an oncoming outbreak. Acyclovir is also available as a topical cream treatment; it is used to treat an active outbreak.

Lidocain-Amitriptyline Cream is another prescription medication that can help to manage the discomfort of an outbreak. It is designed to numb the nerves in the treated areas. It can be used alongside other cold sore prescriptions.

Over-the-Counter Remedies

There are also over-the-counter remedies available to help you to avoid cold sore outbreaks. These natural remedies support your immune system in order to prevent outbreaks. One type of over-the-counter cold sore remedy is called L-Lysine. These capsules are taken two to three times a day. If you feel an outbreak coming, you should increase your dose to five per day. L-Lysine is an amino acid that helps block arginine, which is what causes the herpes virus to multiply. You do not need a prescription to get L-Lysine and you can get it delivered for free from Wisp!

Get Treatment Online

Getting cold sore prescriptions or over-the-counter remedies to manage outbreaks does not have to be embarrassing or a hassle. Visit Wisp for discreet, fast, and affordable access to both prescription and non-prescription cold sore treatments. Wisp doctors offer reliable healthcare on your terms. They are available to help you manage a wide range of health concerns. Skip an embarrassing doctor’s visit and talk discreetly with one of our doctors, anytime of the day or night. For cold sore prescriptions, natural remedies, birth control options, yeast infection remedies, or UTI relief, our doctors and pharmacy are here to help.

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