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Cold sores are a very common condition that affects the many people. It is also known as canker sores. The main cause is the herpes simplex virus type 1. However, there is also herpes simplex virus type 2, but in the majority of cases the herpes simplex virus type 2 causes genital herpes, while the herpes simplex virus type 1 causes oral herpes. Nevertheless, there are cases, although few, where it is vice versa.

Herpes simplex virus is a type of virus that resides at the root of the nerves when it enters the body. It can stay there forever and not become active, but when it is triggered due to many reasons, such as weak immune system, it can cause cold or canker sores.

Treatment of cold sores

Fortunately, there are many remedies for this condition, and many of them include herbs, mineral and vitamins. Furthermore, there are also certain medicines that can be taken without a prescription, such as ibuprofen. It is very good to apply ice packs on the cold sore, as well as tea bags. Furthermore, the toothpaste applied before going to bed at night is also very good for the drying out of canker sores. Nowadays, many specialists suggest that one of the most powerful remedies for cold sores is Denavir, a cream that should be applied on the cold sores. It is also recommended to apply it on the region where the cold sore is going to emerge although it has not appeared yet. Denavir should be applied every two hours for four days in order to stop the growth of the herpes simplex virus. When these four days end, the treatment should be stopped for three days and then continued again. It is important to avoid contact of this cream with nose and eyes, as well as with ears and inside of the mouth.

Condylox is a drug that is widely used for the treatment of genital warts. Genital warts are a condition caused by human pappilloma virus. It can be also used for the treatment of cold sores. The main active ingredient of this cream is actinic keratosis. This active substance prevents the reproduction of the virus. As Denavir, it should be applied for four days with three days break. The women who are pregnant, as well as women who breastfeed their new-born babies, should not take Denavir and Condylox. However, a doctor should be consulted before one decides to take any of these two medications.

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