Put a STOP to your Cold Sore today!

cold soreCold sores usually appear on lips or nearby. A tingling feeling is sometimes felt and then small blisters develop. Cold sores usually clear up by themselves without any treatment within 7-10 days however, there are anti-viral creams available. If these are used correctly, it can ease the symptoms and speed up the healing time.





Cold sores are usually caused by a virus which stays in the body. When someone is ill the body weakens its fight against the cold sore virus and this triggers a cold sore to develop.


1. Being ill with a viral or other illness may trigger off a cold sore.

2. Stress or worrying may trigger off a cold sore

3. Sunlight may trigger off a cold core.



It is best to avoid contact of your cold sore with any other persons skin, other wise there is a risk that you may spread the cold sore to that person. Whilst having a cold sore it is best to avoid kissing babies or anyone with a weak immune system.

Sunscreen lip balms for cold sores

If you develop cold sores in response to strong sunlight, sunscreen lip balms may prevent a cold sore developing. There are also lip balms to use when a cold sore appears.


nivea lip care                                       carmex                                         blistex

Nivea Lip Care Sun Spf25                 Carmex Lip Balm spf15                             Blistex Lip Splash spf15      

£3.46                                                      £2.55                                                               £3.05


Painkillers for Cold Sores

Some cold sores can become quite painful and painkillers can be used to ease the pain. Medicines like Paracetamol or Ibuprofen will help alleviate the pain.


Anti-viral creams for Cold Sore

Anti-viral creams fight the virus which causes cold sores, they work best if used as soon as the symptoms start.


lypsyl             vantage clearsore  Zovirax                  cymex ultra

Lypsyl Cold Sore Gel        Vantage Clearsore Cream     Zovirax Cold Sore cream       Cymex Ultra Cream

£2.91                                     £1.89                                            £6.60                                          £2.91


Anti-viral Tablets for Cold Sores

Anti-viral tablets fight the virus which causes cold sores, they work best if used as soon as the symptoms start.  These are more helpful if cold sores extend into the nose or if the cold sores are particularly severe. The products below require a prescription, if you do not have a prescription click here to obtain a prescription and medication using our Online Doctor Consultation Service.


aciclovir tablets 200mg                           aciclovir tablets 200mg

Aciclovir 200mg (5 day course) 25 Tablets                     Aciclovir 200mg (25 day course) 25 Tablets

£20.98                                                                                       £20.98


It is best to read the medication pack leaflet carefully before you use any medication. If you have any side effects or if symptoms persist, you should discuss this with your usual medical practitioner.

 The above information is only to help you select the product you may require and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions.   Although care has been taken in providing this information, Medicines2u.com gives no guarantee or assurance for the accuracy of the information and you should consult a doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional.

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