Best Cold Sore Treatments

Updated February 2019
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Cold sores are pretty common, but that doesn't make them any less embarrassing. Luckily, these days there are many cold sore treatments that claim to speed up the healing process. Most of them don't require a prescription, and most of them will fit in your pocket or purse. Before you decide to try a cold sore treatment, there are some factors to consider. Some treatments are applied as a gel, while others are more of a balm. Some common active ingredients are docosanol and benzalkonium chloride. If you want a more natural route, look for products with lysine. This is an amino acid that's found in many of the foods we eat. Cold sores are ugly, so why deal with them longer than necessary?

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