Fever Blisters, also known as Cold Sores, Herpes Labialis and Herpes Simplex type 1 are both embarrassing and painful. There are many natural and prescription medicines out there aimed at fever blister treatment. There’s nothing worse than getting a fever blister on the lips because there is no way to hide it and you can’t help but feel like people are staring at it. If you’ve ever had a fever blister, you know what it does to your confidence. They can be brought on by stress and often appear at the worst times, like before a first date or during your first week of work.
Cold sores take at least a week to heal and that often seems like the longest week of your life. I have dealt with cold sores pretty much my whole life, and have tried everything when it comes to treatment. Lysine, Abreva and prescription meds such as Acyclovir are the most popular and effective at reducing healing time, but still I have found that it takes at least a full week before the sore isn’t noticeable.
There seem to be a lot of products on the internet targeting cold sores and fever blisters. The reason for this is because many people are infected with herpes simplex I virus that causes the sores. This and the fact that they are very embarrassing and painful allows companies to target the insecurities of those who get cold sores. Me being one of those people I have come across many sites claiming to have the “secret to getting rid of cold sores“.
I won’t name any products by name, but I can tell you that you can’t get rid of a cold sore by downloading an ebook. People who have cold sores want immediate relief, if you your treatment plan doesn’t involve the physical use of medicine either in a topical or oral medication than you’re not giving yourself the best chance at getting rid of your cold sore fast.
I have tried everything throughout the course in my life to rapidly treat fever blisters and cold sores when they appear. Until about a two years ago I pretty much just accepted that it takes at least a week for a fever blister to run its course. But then I realized perhaps the most important aspect to getting rid of a cold sore fast, timing. You have to start treatment as soon as you notice symptoms of a cold sore.
Early symptoms of a cold sore usually including a tingling or numbing sensation in the lip and or soreness and what feels like a small fat lip or bump. The sooner you can begin treatment, the much better chance you have of getting rid of your cold sore fast. In fact if you start early enough, you can prevent the sore from ever breaking the skin, in which no one will ever know you were getting a cold sore.
Being that I have a background in pharmacy and personally have dealt with cold sores most of my life, I feel like I have as solid a grasp on what works and what doesn’t when it comes to fever blister treatment. For me personally, the best way to get rid of a cold sore is with the medication Valtrex.
Valtrex also known as its generic name valacyclovir is an anti-viral medication that requires a prescription from a doctor. It is designed to treat outbreaks of the herpes simplex virus, both I and II as well as shingles and other viral conditions. Nothing has worked as well as Valtrex for me in getting rid of a cold sore fast, and that’s just the plain truth. I have many times been able to prevent the sore from ever appearing and breaking the skin by taking valtrex as soon as I felt symptoms.
The adult dosage for valtrex is 2 grams at the first sign of symptoms followed by another 2 grams exactly 12 hours later. Two doses is all that is needed. Valtrex comes in tablet form in strengths of 500mg and 1000mg (1 gram). There are other drugs very similar to valtrex such as acyclovir, which can also be used with great success. Personally I have used acyclovir before discovering that valtrex is more effective, at least for me.
The key is getting the first dose early, as soon as you notice symptoms. This presents a problem for a lot of people because it is a prescription drug. My advice to you is that you need to keep some on hand so that when you feel a cold sore coming on you aren’t waiting for your doctor to fill your prescription for you. What if you get symptoms on a Saturday? It would be pretty hard to get some valtrex until Monday when your doctor is able to write you a prescription.
If you don’t have insurance, I suggest the following. Call your doctor right now, (even if you don’t have a cold sore) and tell them you are developing a cold sore and was hoping the doctor could call in a prescription for valacyclovir at your nearest pharmacy. Be sure that you ask for the generic (valacyclovir) to be prescribed and not the brand name Valtrex. Brand name drugs and their generic counterparts are exactly the same medicine, however generic drugs are about 80% cheaper.
Now you’ve got yourself the best cold sore medicine on hand so that when you start getting your next outbreak you can stop it from ever developing into a sore. It’s important to note that even if you don’t catch your cold sore in it’s earliest stage or you can’t get any valtrex prescribed immediately, this medicine can still significantly shorten the healing time of a sore that has already broken the skin. So take the medicine whenever you can, of course the earlier the better
I know the feeling of having a cold sore, it’s crushing. You wanna just stay inside for a week until it’s gone. Hopefully this article has given you a refreshing and honest view point of both a pharmacist and sufferer of cold sores. Some people find great success with natural therapies such as lysine and over the counter products like abreva. I’m all for natural therapies, in fact being a pharmacist I’m completely aware of the dangers that drugs have. In the case of cold sores drugs like valtrex show the power and effectiveness that some prescription medications can have.
Share your thoughts below on what you’ve found best works for you. If you’ve never tried valtrex, I encourage you to call your doctor and get some to have on hand to try for your next outbreak. As always consult your physician on any prescription medication.
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