To date there is no know cure for the herpes simplex virus, which is the cause of coldsores in our systems. There are many treatments that can help you manage cold sores and these include creams that are available without a prescription, and these can be very helpful in providing relief of the pain and redness, but they will not help to cure the problem or eliminate the cause. In cases where outbreaks are frequent and severe, your doctor may prescribe an antiviral medication, either in topical or oral form, to keep the virus responsible for the outbreaks at a low level. Since it is caused by a virus, there is no medical cure that will eliminate the cause. Home remedies and other treatments can help to alleviate and minimize the symptoms, though, and this can help to make you feel and look better during an outbreak.
Minimize the look of your cold sore
There are many treatments that can help to minimize the look of a cold sore during an outbreak, including keeping the cold sore moist at all times, this will reduce redness and will stop the cold sore from drying out and cracking, causing the fluid inside to be released and reinfect the area. By keeping the cold sore moist, you will just have a small blister on your lip which is easy to conceal with the right hygenic products and lip gloss.
A cold sore treatment plan can involve methods to help minimize the pain and blisters, such as keeping stress levels low, staying fit and healthy, eating a nutritious diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, and drinking plenty of water and other fluids without alcohol or caffeine. All of these factors will minimize the level of the virus in your body, and this can prevent outbreaks. Over the counter pain medication and creams will help to eliminate the pain of the sores. High levels of stress cause your immune system to weaken, and this means your body can not fight the virus as effectively, so keeping your stress minimized will help you win the fight against cold sores. A proper diet and regular exercise will help to strengthen your immune system, so that you can fight off the virus better on your own and prevent coldsores from emerging. The virus will always remain in your body, but you can do all these things and more to prevent them and thus cure them from ever returning.