While home remedies have taken on popularity, there are little to no studies confirming the effectiveness of such treatments. In some cases, it might even do more harm than good considering their minimal effectiveness versus the unknown side effects they could have on your body. It’s best to follow the medical advice of a dermatologist because they know what will or will not treat the disease. Here are some popular home remedies that you should be careful with:
- Pain relievers or Ice
- Aloe vera gel
- 1% Lemon Lip Balm
- Increasing Vitamin C and Vitamin E intake
Over the Counter Medication
While some over the counter (OTC) medications are effective enough to be given as prescriptions, other OTC medications have limited effects on disease. They might help for mild to moderate cases, but they aren’t usually effective on severe ones. If used incorrectly and without guidance, they might even prove to be ineffective and produce unforeseen side effects. However, a dermatologist can tell you whether or not these can be effective for you. Here are some OTC medications that may or may not be included in a treatment plan given by one of our dermatologists:
- Docosanol Cream – Docosanol has antiviral properties that is effective for mild to moderate cases, but much weaker than prescription medications.
- Analgesic Lip Balms – Moisturizes, can protect against sun, and it can numb pain to make symptoms tolerable.
Prescriptions, alongside professional medical advice, are the most effective form of treatment. Home remedies and over the counter treatments take plenty of time, energy, and money, yet are uncertain to work. Our experienced dermatologists take your unique skin, set of symptoms, and medical history into account to take the guessing game out of your road to recovery. Here are some prescriptions your dermatologist might include in your personalized treatment plan:
- Acyclovir – Treats cold sores and genital herpes.
- Valacyclovir – Similar to acyclovir, but requires a much lower dose to produce the same effect.
- Famciclovir – Usually prescribed to treat other herpes viruses other than HSV-1 and HSV-2.
- Penciclovir – Known to shorten cold sore symptoms.
Our dermatologists have resolved countless cold sore cases with medications and treatment plans that are proven to clear your skin once and for all. Trust dermatologists, the experts on cold sores.
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