Oral Acyclovir to get rid of cold sores from herpes virus

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The herpes simplex viruses cause cold sores (and genital herpes). The virus lies dormant in nerve endings often where the exposure first occurred, occasionally the virus awakes from its sleep to reignite infection. Patients who experience cold sores may note a tingling sensation prior to their onset. Often cold sores occur when they are run down or their skin has been exposed to some form of trauma- cold/ sunlight/ an abrasion. This is known as Keobners phenomenon. An over the counter treatment is acyclovir cream. I find this woefully ineffective. The only method that I have found effective in preventing the onset of a cold sore is oral acyclovir. This comes in tablets of 200, 400 and 800mg tablets and should be taken five times per day. Treatment of genital herpes is via oral tablets. Consult your GP to discuss getting a prescription of acyclovir. As soon as you feel the tingle take a tablet to prevent an eruption. Consider carrying a strip of pills in your wallet so you are always ready. You will work in conjunction with your GP to find the dose that works for you to help relieve the pain and discomfort of cold sores and also deal with any infection.

What You'll Need

  • Oral acyclovir

What You'll Do

  • Book an appointment with your GP.
  • Keep track of your symptoms from the cold sore and share them with your Doctor.
  • Have a discussion about oral acyclovir.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always consult your GP before taking any new medication.
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