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What is the treatment for cold sores that is best and has fewest side effects?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Time

The most side effect free treatment is to do nothing.
Cold sores go away by themselves in 7-10 days. Sometimes longer. Anything else is going to have some side effects, so you weigh the benefit (getting rid of it earlier) with the risk of medication.

In brief: Time

The most side effect free treatment is to do nothing.
Cold sores go away by themselves in 7-10 days. Sometimes longer. Anything else is going to have some side effects, so you weigh the benefit (getting rid of it earlier) with the risk of medication.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Pills, creams

Taking antiviral pills like Acyclovir early during the 1st 3 days of your outbreak can decrease your symptoms and help you heal faster. There are creams/ointments over the counter and prescription that can help you feel better too.

In brief: Pills, creams

Taking antiviral pills like Acyclovir early during the 1st 3 days of your outbreak can decrease your symptoms and help you heal faster. There are creams/ointments over the counter and prescription that can help you feel better too.
Dr. Francine Yep
Dr. Francine Yep
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