Internist Questions Cold Sores

Are cold sores treatable?

My daughter has cold sores and they keep coming back again after some time. Are they treatable?

5 Answers

Yes. Episode severity can be reduced with acyclovir or valacyclovir and suppressed with those same medications long term. Avoiding triggers (stress, immunosuppression, sun, or trauma) can lessen frequency of outbreaks.
Check with her pediatrician.
Yes. There are antiviral medications that can be taken immediately at the first symptom to reduce the duration. Ask her doctor about it. These are prescription drugs. Typically they are for age 12 and up. If your daughter is younger than that, ask her pediatrician.
Cold sores are easily treatable with medication. It is available as an ointment as well as an oral medication by prescription. One of the popular brand names is Zovirax.