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Cold Sore Treatment Online



Are you tired of dealing with painful and unsightly cold sores? Cold sores, caused by the herpes simplex virus, can be a frustrating and embarrassing condition to manage. Fortunately, with the advancement of telehealth services, you can now access effective cold sore treatment from the comfort of your own home.

Discover how MyInstantMD’s online platform connects you with experienced doctors who provide personalized treatment plans and prescription medication delivery, ensuring swift relief from cold sore outbreaks.

Available in 50 states. No insurance needed.

Common Symptoms of Cold Sore

Cold sores usually start with a tingling, itching, or burning feeling around the lips or mouth, which is a sign that an outbreak is about to happen. As the infection gets worse, small blisters filled with fluid form, often in groups.

These blisters can be painful and sensitive to the touch. Eventually, the blisters pop, leaving behind raw, open sores that might ooze and scab over. The sores typically last for several days to a week before healing completely.

Other symptoms like fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and generally feeling unwell may occur along with cold sores, especially during the first outbreak. Recurring outbreaks are usually less severe and can be triggered by different factors such as stress, a weakened immune system, or exposure to sunlight.

Common Causes of Cold Sore

Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are painful blisters that appear on or around the lips, caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). HSV-1 usually causes oral herpes, while HSV-2 is commonly associated with genital herpes. Once infected, the virus remains dormant in the body and can reactivate, leading to recurrent outbreaks.

Several factors can trigger cold sore outbreaks, including stress, a weakened immune system, sunlight exposure, and hormonal changes. Other potential triggers include lack of sleep, poor nutrition, and certain foods like nuts and chocolate.

Identifying and managing these triggers can help reduce the frequency and severity of cold sore outbreaks.

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Available Treatment Options

MyInstantMD offers virtual consultations with board-certified doctors who specialize in treating cold sores and oral herpes outbreaks. Our experienced medical professionals develop personalized treatment plans, including prescription antiviral medication, to help you manage and prevent future outbreaks.

Prescription Medication

Our online doctors will develop personalized treatment plans for you. After a thorough virtual consultation, the doctor will prescribe the most effective medication and provide a detailed plan to manage symptoms and prevent future outbreaks.

The treatment plan may include antiviral medications like valacyclovir (generic Valtrex) to shorten the duration of the outbreak and reduce the severity of symptoms, as well as recommend over-the-counter pain relievers and cold sore creams like docosanol (Abreva) to alleviate discomfort and promote healing.

The doctors also offer guidance on lifestyle changes and self-care measures that can help prevent cold sore outbreaks and minimize their impact on daily life. They will work with patients to identify and avoid common triggers, such as stress and sunlight exposure, and recommend ways to strengthen the immune system to reduce the frequency of outbreaks.

This service offers convenient treatment for cold sores, allowing patients to receive the necessary medications without leaving their homes. Once a personalized treatment plan is developed during the virtual consultation, you will be able to send the prescribed medications to a local pharmacy of  your choice, ensuring quick access to the required treatment.

The prescribed cold sore medications may include antiviral drugs like valacyclovir (Valtrex), Acyclovir or topical creams such as Topical Acyclovir which can shorten the healing time and alleviate symptoms.

Recommendations for further cold sore treatment

Follow-up care and support are essential components of online cold sore treatment services. After the initial consultation and personalized treatment plan, patients can expect regular check-ins with their doctor to monitor progress and adjust the plan as needed. If you experience frequent outbreaks of cold sores throughout the year, you may qualify for prophylactic treatment with daily use of an antiviral medication such as valacyclovir or acyclovir.

Benefits of Online Treatment

Online cold sore treatment offers numerous advantages, such as easy access to experienced doctors, personalized treatment plans, and the ability to receive quality healthcare from the privacy of your own home.

Convenience and Accessibility

Our telehealth services offer unparalleled convenience and accessibility for those seeking cold sore treatment. With just a few clicks, you can connect with experienced doctors from the comfort of your own home, eliminating the need for time-consuming trips to the clinic.

This accessibility is particularly beneficial for individuals with busy schedules or limited mobility, ensuring that quality healthcare is always within reach.

In addition, our online cold sore treatment platforms provide a secure and user-friendly environment for patients. You can easily access healthcare anytime that suits your lifestyle, without the hassle of waiting in long queues or dealing with crowded waiting rooms.

Our convenient approach also allows you to discuss your symptoms and concerns openly, without fear of judgment or embarrassment.

With our extended hours, you can receive quality cold sore treatment online without disrupting your daily routine. Our company understands the importance of prompt and efficient healthcare.

Over the Counter Medications and Self-Care Tips


There are several over the counter preparations that can be used to relieve pain and promote healing. Docosanol (Abreva) is an over the counter cream that can help reduce recovery time. Benzocaine can help numb sores. Zinc oxide creams may shorten the time the infection is active and Ibuprofen can reduce pain or inflammation. 

Other recommendations include using antiseptic mouthwash, eating soft foods, avoiding salty or spicy foods, keeping the areas clean and dry, applying cool compresses, and avoiding touching the lesions.

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Avoiding exposure to other illnesses

Online cold sore treatment reduces your risk of catching other illnesses. Waiting rooms can expose you to germs from sick patients. Telehealth lets you get care from home.

Protect your health and get started now to experience relief without leaving your couch.

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Fast and secure Telehealth platform

Our telehealth platform is fast and secure. It only takes about 5 minutes to complete our online questionnaire for our providers to review and send you a personalized treatment plan.

We use HIPAA-compliant technology to protect your personal health information. 

This ensures only authorized individuals can view sensitive medical details. You can feel confident your privacy is safeguarded when using our platform.

Get Started Today

Ready to start feeling better? Get started now with MyInstantMD and get the relief you need from your cold sore. Our secure telehealth platform makes it easy to connect with a board-certified doctor who can provide personalized treatment options tailored to your needs.

Available in 50 states. No insurance needed.

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FAQS about Cold Sore Treatment online

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). The herpes virus is very common and highly contagious.

Yes, you can get treatment for cold sores online. Online doctors can prescribe antiviral medications to speed up healing and prevent future outbreaks.

No, cold sores are usually caused by HSV-1, while genital herpes outbreaks are typically caused by HSV-2. However, both virus types can infect either area.

Common herpes symptoms include painful blisters or sores, itching, burning, and sometimes flu-like symptoms such as fever and stomach pain. Antiviral herpes treatment can help manage symptoms.

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