Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
187 Doctors are Online

What are the symptoms of cold sore?

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Practicing since : 2010
Answered : 1489 Questions
what to do for first sign of a cold sore
Posted Mon, 11 Aug 2014 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Hardik Pitroda 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Oral acyclovir, Topical antibiotic

Detailed Answer:
Thank you for writing to us on HCM.
Herpes Labialis or commonly known as Cold sore is a viral infection caused by Herpes simplex virus.
The treatment is pretty easy and straightforward.
I usually prescribe oral acyclovir 200mg five times a day for 5-7 days.
Apply acyclovir cream and antibiotic cream like mupirocin thrice a day.
Take antipyretic like paracetamol if associated fever is present.
Avoid close physical contact with your partner and other members of family for few days as its contagious.
I m sure you will be fine soon.
Thank you
Dr Hardik pitroda
M.D Dermatology
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Follow-up: What are the symptoms of cold sore? 3 hours later
do I need a doctors prescription for this
Answered by Dr. Hardik Pitroda 1 hour later
Brief Answer:

Detailed Answer:
Yes i dont think oral acyclovir is available without prescription.
Kindly visit your gp or dermatologist at earliest to get the required prescription.
Let me know if you require anymore assitance from my side.
Thank you
Dr Hardik Pitroda
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Dermatologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor