Are you looking for the best cold sore treatment or treatments available? Are you constantly suffering from cold sores and want to put a stop to them? Well, look no further. Here are some great tips for you to not only decrease the severity of cold sores, but to virtually put a stop to them altogether.

Cold sores are not only painful but can also be very embarrassing and can sometimes cause scarring. With these tips you can begin putting a stop to some of your suffering before the cold sore even surfaces. The best line of defense against cold sores in the first place is to keep your lips moist and well protected from the sun. Overexposure to the sun is one of the leading causes of cold sores (also known as fever blisters). Although, caused by a virus that lays dormant in the system there are many factors that will cause a cold sore to erupt.

Stress, menstruation, skin trauma and changes in the immune system are all causes. There are many "old wives tales" about ways to treat cold sores. Brushing them with toothpaste, warm tea bag compresses 2 or 3 times per day, eating fruits and vegetable rich in vitamin C, and dabbing the sore with Gin or some other alcoholic beverage have been rumored to aid in treatment.

More commonly, once you feel that tingle that lets you know a cold sore is about to pop up begin by applying cold compresses. Ice packs for a few minutes once very 2 or 3 hours will begin the process of slowing down the cold sore. It is believed that the ice will reduce the swelling and numb the lip area and lessen the pain. Washing your hands often, especially after touching the face and cleaning eating utensils and drinking cups right away will help prevent the spread of cold sores. While these home remedies may help slow down the process the best cold sore treatment are topical creams and ointments that can be applied directly to the sore.

Over-the-counter treatments, such as Lipactin and Zilactin provide relief but are not known for lessening the duration of the cold sore. The only over-the-counter treatment known to shorten the duration is Abreva, especially when applied during the first signs of occurrence. Prescription creams or ointments, such as Denavir or Zovirax, are said to lessen the duration by a day or two and are also known to decrease the pain associated with the sore. Also, for these ointments to be effective at all they need to be applied as many as 5 to ten times per day. Some newly approved prescription strength pills, like Valtrex and Zovirax; seem to be the most effective especially when started during symptom onset. These medications, however, have been known to have several side effects.

As you can see, there are many different types of Cold Sore Treatment. The real trick is finding the one that is right for you and that works best for your cold sores. So why not give some of these ideas a try and make suffering severely from cold sores a thing of the past.