Cold Sore Treatments

There is no cure for cold sores or HSV-1 infection, but antiviral medications can help the cold sore heal faster. Antiviral drugs can be taken orally, applied as a cream or, in the case of severe outbreaks, given by injection.

Once you are familiar with your particular symptoms and triggers, early intervention can help you reduce the time you have an active cold sore. For many people, tingling of the lip is the first sign that a cold sore may appear.

Preventive treatments involve dealing with triggers, including:

  • Managing stress
  • Practicing self-care to avoid colds and flus
  • Getting adequate sleep
  • Using sunscreen and lip balm with SPF whenever you are out in the sun