The cold sore ointments available on this page are presented as alternatives to the more widely used cold sore creams that contain active ingredients such as aciclovir and penciclovir.
The ointments below have a range of active ingredients, including Povidone-iodine, an antiseptic that is efficient against fungis and viruses including Herpes Simplex, and Propolis, a substance produced by Bees.
The Benefits of using these Cold Sore Ointments are:
- They can speed up the healing process
- They can stop cold sores developing if used early enough
- They provide alternatives to the usual antiviral creams for those who experience side effects with aciclovir or penciclovir
How They WorkSee each of the ointments product pages for further information as these products all work in different ways with diverse ingredients.
Tips on Cold Sore Ointments
- Check what the active ingredient is and consult your health professional to find out whether it is suitable for you.
- As with any creams or patches, wash your hands thoroughly before and after applying the ointment. That way you will avoid spreading the infection.
- Once you have used the ointment and cleared the outbreak, think about what triggers your outbreaks, is diet or stress a potential trigger? If so, read our page on natural cold sore remedies and consider using them or changing your diet - you may be able to reduce the frequency of cold sores you experience.
Note: no prescription is needed for any of these ointments.
Betadine Cold Sore Ointment for the relief of cold sores.
Betadine Cold Sore Paint - Pain Relief, if applied at the first signs of a cold sore (usually a tingling or itching sensation) can help to check the infection and provides temporary pain relief. This product can inactivate the virus, thus reducing the risk of spreading the infection.
Cold sores can be painful and embarrassing. New Herstat Ointment provides rapid relief and is effective at any stage of a cold sore attack.