What are treatments and medications for pimples and cold sores?
The treatments and medications for pimples and cold sores are different.
The most common treatment for pimples is an over-the-counter medication that comes in lotions, gels, cleansers, creams, and skin washes; it is benzoyl peroxide. It can kill bacteria and also remove some of the oil and dead skin cells associated with whiteheads and blackheads. Another common treatment is salicylic acid, which helps to open pores. Individuals with severe pimple formation may require antibiotics (for example, minocycline [Minocin] and doxycycline [Oracea, Monodox, Vibra-Tabs]) and consultation with a dermatologist. Do not pick at or pop pimples. This can make the infection worse and result in scar formation.
Alternative medicine for pimples includes lemon juice, tea tree oil, green tea, honey, mint, echinacea, and many others. For alternative medicine treatments, you should discuss them with your primary care physician before use.
Treatment for cold sores does not cure the disease, but it may speed up the healing process. There are many antiviral drugs that are used to treat cold sores. These antivirals may be administered as pills, creams, and more severe infections, even injected. Some of the drugs used for treatment of cold sores are as follows:
Alternative medicine treatments for cold sores include lysine as an oral supplement or cream, sage plus rhubarb in a cream, propolis (synthetic beeswax), and stress reduction.