Pharmacist, a pharmacist in the store, which is the best Cold Sore Ointments of them all?
Do you know what’s more unsightly than that pesky acne if you are a teenager? Well, it’s a cold sore. It’s caused by the herpes simplex virus. You know you have one if you see small clusters of raised bumps that are filled with fluid and hurt when touched around your lip area or on them. As is the case with acne, you have probably wondered how to get rid of cold sores.
Well, you can do so with cold sore ointments. However, because all cold sore ointments are not equal, you’ll learn about some of the best cold sore ointments.
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The Best Cold Sore Ointments You Can Buy
- 1 The Best Cold Sore Ointments You Can Buy
- 1.1 Lip balms containing more than 1% of lemon
- 1.1.1 Lemon tea and compresses containing lemon tea
- 1.1.2 Peppermint
- 1.1.3 Mint
- 1.1.4 Witch Hazel oil
- 1.1.5 Aloe Vera Gel
- 1.1.6 Licorice with glycolic acid
- 1.1.7 Licorice powder in a water or vaseline jelly mixture
- 1.1.8 Over-the-counter cold sore ointments
- 1.1.9 Abreva
- 1.1.10 Bacitracin zinc ointment
- 1.1.11 Quantum Health Super + Lysine tablets
- 1.1.12 Quantum Super Plus Lysine cold stick
- 1.1.13 IceWraps round reusable gel packs
- 1.1.14 Neutrogena Ultrasheer dry-touch Sunscreen
- 1.1.15 Penciclovir cream
- 1.1.16 Acyclovir cream
- 1.2 Related
- 1.1 Lip balms containing more than 1% of lemon
The best cold sore ointments are grouped into three categories: home treatments, over-the-counter and prescription. They are discussed in more detail below.
- Lip balms containing more than 1% of lemon
- Lemon tea and compresses containing lemon tea
- Witch hazel oil
- Aloe vera gel
- Licorice root with glycyrrhizic acid
- Licorice powder in a water or vaseline mixture
Lip balms containing more than 1% of lemon
These are effective because of their main and active ingredient which is Melissa Officinalis. It is a powerful essential oil that is very effective in soothing the nerves and relaxing people. Since stress is a key trigger of cold sores, it is thought that this property is what helps heal and soothe them. Melissa Officinalis is also effective in killing bacteria and viruses. Remember that the herpes simplex virus causes cold sores.
Lemon tea and compresses containing lemon tea
Once again, the credit goes to Melissa Officinalis. Lemon tea also has antioxidants and antibacterial properties which will heal cold sores faster and keep them from reappearing. You can steep the tea for a few minutes before drinking it. Make sure that the compress is saturated with lemon tea before you apply it.
It has ingredients with antibacterial properties. These are instrumental in killing bacteria and viruses like the herpes simplex. Because it’s strong, make sure that you mix a small amount of peppermint oil in a larger amount of another gentler oil like olive oil before you put it on your cold sore. You could end up irritating your skin and getting unsightly rashes otherwise.
This herb has strong antibacterial properties that kill the herpes simplex virus. Its juices also clean and soothe the skin. This helps cold sores heal faster and keep them from reappearing.
Witch Hazel oil
Its active ingredients soothe skin that is irritated by cold sores. It also dries skin out a little bit and this keeps cold sores from reappearing.
Aloe Vera Gel
This gel’s active ingredients have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This soothes the skin and keeps it clean. It also kills the herpes simplex virus. Aloe vera gel is an effective pain reliever. For best results, apply the gel to the affected area(s) several times a day.
Licorice with glycolic acid
This has anti-inflammatory properties that will soothe skin areas irritated by cold sores. This helps them heal faster
Licorice powder in a water or vaseline jelly mixture
This mixture has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Its antiviral nature helps cold sores heal faster by starving the herpes simplex of the nutrition it needs to grow. Its antibacterial nature keeps cold sores from reappearing by stopping the growth of cold sores.
Over-the-counter cold sore ointments
- Bacitracin zinc ointment
- Quantum Health Super + Lysine tablets
- Quantum Super Lysine Plus Coldstick
- IceWraps round reusable gel packs
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer dry-touch sunscreen
Also known as Docansol 10%, this ointment helps cold sores heal faster than normal. Users have also found relief from the annoying itching and burning/painful sensations associated with cold sores. It is effective only when applied about 5 times daily.
Bacitracin zinc ointment
This is applied directly to the skin as a (topical) ointment. Its active ingredient has antibacterial properties that effectively kill the herpes simplex virus. It also helps them from growing – hence you don’t see cold sores reappearing for a while even after using this ointment for a few days.
Quantum Health Super + Lysine tablets
This product has many active ingredients that heal cold sores quickly and keep them from reappearing. For example, it has Vitamin C, echinacea, and licorice root. All of these have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that are effective in terms of killing the herpes simplex virus and cleaning and soothing the affected area. Vitamin C also strengthens your immune system and this is important because a weakened immune system is what allows the herpes simplex virus to grow on your skin in the first place.
Quantum Super Plus Lysine cold stick
This moisturizing balm glides on your lips as it protects it from the Sun’s hot UV rays with its SPF formula, UV rays can stimulate the appearance and growth of cold sores. Just be aware that this balm will make your lips tingle, itch, and burn when first applied. However, these sensations disappear after you use it repeatedly and continuously. It works best when you use it 5 times daily.
IceWraps round reusable gel packs
Their cooler nature soothes the cold sores. This eases the painful sensation and helps them heal faster. You will also not be as tempted to prolong the cold sore’s duration by scratching it. Scratching spreads the herpes simplex virus around and helps it grow faster and stronger.
Neutrogena Ultrasheer dry-touch Sunscreen
Its SPF5 protects your skin from the Sun’s harmful UV rays. Remember that UV rays can trigger cold sore growth.
Prescription cold sore ointments
- Penciclovir cream
- Acyclovir cream
Its brand name is Denavir. Its active ingredients have antiviral properties that kill the herpes simplex virus. You should notice cold sores disappearing up to 2 days earlier with Denavir. It has soothing properties that relieve the itching, burning, and pain sensations associated with cold sores. Its active ingredients also work similarly to SPF in sunscreen. This protects your skin from UV rays and keeps cold sores away.
Use it immediately after noticing the cold sore. You may experience burning and itching when using it. It can speed up skin sore healing time by up to 12 hours. It should only be used on people who are 12 or older.
A cold sore is no longer a social death sentence
Now that you know what the best cold sore ointments are, you can rest assured that your cold sore will disappear immediately. Thanks to these ointments, cold sores are no longer a social death sentence.