Smile without cold sores this season

With the sun blazing at its hottest during summer, various conditions can arise. One is having cold sores, which may be caused by exposure to sunlight.

Cold sores, or fever blisters, are fluid-filled lesions caused by the contagious herpes simplex virus that can be acquired through wearing orthodontic instruments and bodily contact such as kissing or sharing personal items. Usually found on the skin near the lip and around the mouth, these are usually characterized by red, swollen and sore boils on the affected part of the skin.

Mostly triggered by bright sunlight, cold winds, fatigue, and stress, cold sores have no treatment, but there are ways to lessen the pain of having one during its 9- to 12-day healing period.

For starters, consult your doctor for possible treatments. However, home remedies for cold sores such as rinsing it with anti-microbial mouthwash or warm water with salt and applying over-the counter topical anesthetics can cut down the pain and discomfort while providing relief. You may use Topical Mouth Sores medications like Carbenoxolone Sodium, which your doctor can prescribe for you if deemed necessary.

A remedy recognized worldwide, applying Carbenoxolone Sodium generously to the lesions reduces inflammation, shortens the healing period of cold sores and is the only antiviral medicine made specifically for mouth ulcers.

Distributed by New Marketlink Pharmaceutical Corporation (NMPC), Carbenoxolone Sodium is available at all Mercury Drug outlets in Metro Manila. For more information, call the NMPC hotline at (02) 836-5838 to 37 or consult your doctor.

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