Fastest Way to Heal a Cold Sore

In the first part of this article, What Gets Rid of Cold Sores, we talked about how to prevent cold sores from spreading, and how to relieve the pain of your cold sore. Now we’ll get down to healing your cold sore in the fastest way possible.

There are many different products you can use to try to get rid of your cold sore quickly, including prescription medications, over the counter topical medicines, and a huge variety of natural remedies.

One of the trickiest parts of deciding which products and methods to use is that no matter which way you go, many people swear that that particular product or home remedy works best for them. Since everyone has their own opinion and experiences trying to heal their cold sores, how do you know who to trust?

To help you decide on the best option for you, I’ll talk about a few of the popular options for fast cold sore healing, with the pros and cons of each.

Before we get to those, though, I just wanted to quickly mention that if you’ve tried a lot of the traditional treatments and medications for your cold sores but they keep coming back, I’d really recommend you check out this guide called Cold Sore Free Forever. I’ll talk more about it later in this article, but it worked wonders for me! OK, on to the traditional treatments.

Prescription Medications

For many people, topical prescriptions like acyclovir or pencyclovir, or oral antivirals like acyclovir, valacyclovir, or famcyclovir, are effective at healing cold sores quickly. They can typically shorten the duration of cold sores and relieve some of the discomfort.

Although they can be very effective, the main drawback to prescription medication is cost and inconvenience. Since getting a prescription for these medicines requires a visit to the doctor and a trip to the pharmacy, the cost can really add up if your insurance coverage isn’t great. You also have to take time out of your day to go to the doctor’s appointment and pick up the prescription, and if your cold sore flares up on the weekend, it could be days before you can get in to the doctor to get the prescription written.

Over the Counter Medicines

If you’ve suffered from cold sores for a while, you’ve probably heard of Abreva. It’s pretty much the only over the counter topical medicine that’s specifically designed to treat cold sores. The nice things about it are that you can pick it up at many pharmacies and other stores without needing a prescription, and that you can get it on the weekend or other times that prescription medicines aren’t convenient. It’s also relatively inexpensive.

Besides Abreva, some people swear by other topical medicines that aren’t specifically designed for cold sores, like Carmex, Campho phenique, even Aloe Vera or Hydrogen Peroxide. Although I can’t speak to the effectiveness of these other treatments, if you’re desperate and have them around the house, it might be worth a try.

Personally, I’ve tried Abreva a few times and haven’t had much success with it. I’m not sure why it didn’t work for me, as I started applying it as soon as I felt the cold sore coming on, but for whatever reason it just didn’t work.

Natural Remedies

Many people have natural home remedies they use to try to heal cold sores faster. I’ve spent a bunch of time searching online for suggestions, and have found so many that I created an article dedicated just to this topic, called How to Get Rid of Cold Sores Naturally.

The Best Method I’ve Tried

Cold Sore Free ForeverThis last recommendation comes out of left field, but out of everything I’ve tried, it helped me more than anything else, and has kept me free of cold sores for well over a year now. It’s a guide called Cold Sore Free Forever. It was written by a guy named Derek Shepton, who suffered with terrible cold sores like you and me.

It’s a guide that you can download immediately, and it contains an all-natural system for curing cold sores in just a few days and keeping them away for good (like I said, mine haven’t come back yet)! I was pretty surprised when I finally bought it, because I expected a lot of the same advice that you can find online for free, and the kind of stuff I’ve listed in this article. However, Derek’s cure is totally different, and contains advice and ingredients for a cold sore cure that I still haven’t seen anywhere, in tons of research.

Even though buying a natural guide instead of using the traditional over the counter or prescription medications seemed kind of crazy at first, I was shocked at how quickly Derek’s system worked. Plus, the amount of money I’ve saved on traditional medications and doctor visits, not to mention the pain and embarrassment I’ve avoided, have made it well worth it. I highly recommend you check it out now!