Alicia Bennish says she has dealt with cold sores for as long as she can remember. “Every month or so I feel it coming on and then I get this painful red bump near my lip,” she said. “It really hurts and it looks terrible sitting on right on my face for everyone to look at.” Bennish is not alone. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, signs and symptoms of soft tissue diseases such as cold sores are common in adults and affect about 19 percent of those aged 25 to 44 years.
Many people with cold sores turn to Denavir, a cream known to prevent breakouts. Cold sores can be caused by the herpes simplex virus and once a person has it stays in their body for the rest of their life. Sometimes it’s what’s called “latent” which means that it’s not active and not causing symptoms or cold sores.
According to Denavir’s official website, “In clinical studies, the most common adverse reaction with was headache, which occurred in 5.3% of patients who used Denavir and 5.8% of patients who received placebo. Other adverse reactions occurred in less than 2% of patients and included application site reaction, decreased sensitivity to touch/local anesthesia, taste perversion, and rash.”
For Bennish the cream does calm her breakouts. “It really is an ugly sight,” she said. “This little cluster of bumps breaks open near my lip and it then as it heals it gets really tender but Denavir really helps.”
According to the CDC cold sores typically go away in about two weeks without treatment. Denavir can be prescribed for anyone above the age of 12 that suffers from cold sore outbreaks.
The cream goes on clear and has been proven to reduce the pain and duration of cold sores. It is applied at the first sign of a cold sore, which is usually a tingling feeling and should be reapplied every two hours for four days.