Getting rid of cold sores involves taking antiviral medications such as acyclovir, valacyclovir, famciclovir and penciclovir, according to Mayo Clinic. Fortunately, cold sores usually get better on their own after two to... More »

Minimizing the appearance and relieving the discomfort of cold sores is possible overnight - and even in shorter periods of time, according to information provided by the Huffington Post. Though sores are unlikely to van... More »

Vinegar helps the body to fight off cold sores. Dabbing a cold sore with white vinegar on a clean cloth or paper towel three times a day helps to soothe the pain and swelling of the sore, according to TODAY. More »

Quick treatments for cold sores include acyclovir, valacyclovir, famciclovir and penciclovir, according to Mayo Clinic. Fortunately, cold sores usually clear up without treatment in two to four weeks. These anti-viral me... More »

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Cold sores last for as few as 2.5 days if treated with Abreva when the cold sores first appear, according to the Abreva website. The site reports the median healing time for cold sores treated with Abreva as 4.1 days and... More »

Initial treatment of shingles pain includes over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen combined with antiviral drugs, including valacyclovir, famciclovir or acyclovir, and topical antibiotic cre... More »

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Herpes zoster, or shingles, is treated with antiviral drugs, including acyclovir, valacyclovir and famciclovir, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They lessen pain and shorten the duration of th... More »

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