Cold sores are not fatal but can be a nuisance to a patient. These blisters, although painful, will just disappear in at least 3 weeks if left alone without any treatment. However, cold sores have a potential of recurring because herpes virus usually remains quiet in the body even after the patient is cured of sores.
Recurrence occurs when a cold sore virus is made active again in nerve tissue where it quietly stays after the first episode. There are a number of things that may trigger this which include stress, weakened immunity and fever. Reactivation of herpes simplex virus can also follow a new infection caused by the same virus contracted by somebody else. Making contact with a person who has cold sores or sharing things with someone who has cold sores increases the chances of another attack. Patients use treatment for the sores to reduce the pain and suffering caused by the blisters.
Many patients opt to treat cold sores using medicines bought from drug stores without any prescription. What is important to note is that herpes infection goes through stages that influence treatment outcomes. When a burning pain is felt around the lips, just before lesions appear, it is the best time to use antiviral medicines like acyclovir to reduce the intensity of the infection. Pain relievers like acetaminophen can also be used. The application of warm or cold compresses may be soothing to the patient. When sores appear, oral medicines with topical creams are used to alleviate suffering and prevent complications like blindness or generalized skin infection. A balanced diet of low salt, spices and citric acid hastens healing.
Treatment of cold sores is excellent before lesions appear as this reduces the intensity of the disease. Antiviral medications as well as pain relievers are used to treat this ailment. Dietary intake should include minimal seasoning, salt and citric acids.