Sore no more

For when hiding it with your beard just won’t cut it, medication can help you save face by reducing how long your cold sore is visible.

Sore no more

For when hiding it with your beard just won’t cut it, medication can help you save face by reducing how long your cold sore is visible.

67% of the world’s population carry the HSV-1 virus

World Health Organisation

What is a Cold Sore?

Those blisters around your mouth are actually caused by the herpes simplex virus. Usually it’s the simple strand (HSV-1). In much rarer cases it can be due to HSV-2 – from genital herpes. Either way, it’s highly contagious.

What causes a Cold Sore?

Getting them a few times a year? That means the virus is dormant in your body and flaring up during times of exhaustion and stress (and sometimes even sunlight exposure). If you have HSV-2, that means you’ve had oral sex with someone who has genital herpes.

The duration of a Cold Sore can be reduced by 30% with medication

British Journal of General Practice

What is Valaciclovir?

This antiviral drug is used to manage – not cure – herpes. It works by killing or stunting the growth of the virus and preventing it from returning so frequently in future. Which is useful when you don’t want to wear a cold sore to the office.

How to take: Take four tablets at once. Wait 12 hours. Take another four tablets.