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Cold Sore Creams


Cold Sore Creams

All the cold sore creams listed on this website contain an antiviral in some form. These creams work by preventing the herpes simplex virus from replicating.


The Benefits of using a cold sore cream are:

  • If applied at the first signs of an outbreak (during the 'tingle' phase) they may stop the cold sore devloping
  • If applied during an outbreak they can speed up the healing process and prevent the infection from spreading


The active ingredients in our range of cold sore creams are as follows:

  • Aciclovir (also known as Acyclovir) is the active antiviral in both the Zovirax creams, as well as in Viraban and Viratac.
  • Penciclovir which is very similar in structure and mode of action to aciclovir, is the active antiviral in the Vectavir cold sore cream.
  • Idoxuridine is the antiviral agent in Virasolve Cream and provides an alternative to the more widely used antivirals above. However, it is said to be less effective.


All of the products below will work effectively to heal an outbreak of cold sores but there is as yet no cure available to get rid of the herpes simplex virus altogether.

However, there are options available to minimise how often outbreaks occur. Cold sores often appear at times of stress when our immunity is running low, or when our diet has been lacking in Lysine. Taking a supplment can therfore be an effective preventative measure. For more information on suitable supplments and how they work, see our Natural Cold Sore Remedies.


Tips on Cold Sore Creams

  • Once you have healed the cold sore outbreak, be sure to keep an adequate supply on hand. This will allow you to get on top of future outbreaks as soon as the tingle starts.
  • Follow the instructions carefully, most creams need to be applied multiple times per day.
  • Wash your hands diligently before and after applying the cream to prevent the infection spreading
  • If you want to hide your cold sore as much as possible while it heals, use a cold sore patch in conjunction with the cold sore cream.


Note: no prescription is needed for any of these creams.



Viraban (acyclovir 5%) Cream
Viraban Ointment is an antiviral agent for the treatment of cold sores (herpes simplex).
Virasolve Cold Sore Cream
Virasolve Cold Sore Cream for the relief of symptoms of cold sores and fever blisters.
Viratac Cold Sore Cream
Viratac Cold Sore Cream is an anti-viral product designed to be used when you feel the tingling, itching or burning sensation of the cold sore progression.
Zovirax Cold Sore Cream
Antiviral Agent for the treatment of herpes simplex (cold sore)


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