Cold Sores 2017-11-07T22:41:05+00:00

Cold Sores

Welcome to Qoctor’s online prescription service, which provides medication for cold sores.  Before proceeding, we recommend you take a few minutes to learn more about this condition – there’s lots of helpful health information below, about symptoms, testing and treatment for Cold Sores.

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About Cold Sores

Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV1), which is spread by skin to skin contact. About 1 in 5 people have cold sores that flare up from time to time. They usually get better without treatment in 7-10 days, though antiviral creams or tablets may help to reduce the severity of symptoms.  These medications are most effective the sooner they are started after symptoms develop.

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Oral antiviral medication for cold sores may reduce pain and the time it takes for the crusts to disappear, though not necessarily the time to complete healing.

Qoctor can guide you safely through getting treatment for your cold sores. You can choose to have a paper prescription sent to your home, workplace or  local pharmacy. Or for added convenience, order your medication online- Qoctor can send it to you via express delivery, wherever you are in Australia!

  • Qoctor’s online doctor fee is just $19.99- this includes standard postage for your prescription or medication
  • If you’re just getting a paper prescription, that’s it!
  • If you order medication for delivery, the pharmacy price of the product you choose will make up the rest of the cost
  • If you want express delivery, it’s an extra $4.99
  • And we’ll always let you know about cheaper generic versions, where available!

If you’d like to try a medication for your symptoms,  simply select one of the medications below and we’ll take you through a series of important questions to make sure it’s the right choice for you.

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ImageNameActive IngredientsDosage(s)QtyRepeatsPriceCheaper Alternative/sBuy
FamciclovirFamciclovirFamciclovir500mg30$19.99$34.98none 19.99
FavicFavicFamciclovir500mg30$19.99$34.98none 19.99
Aciclovir sandozAciclovir sandozAciclovir200mg250$19.99$31.38Aciclovir 19.99
AciclovirAciclovirAciclovir200mg250$19.99$42.49none 19.99
Famvir - for Cold SoresFamvir - for Cold SoresFamciclovir500mg30$19.99$44.98Famciclovir, Favic 19.99

FAQs about HSV1 & treatment for cold sores

What causes cold sores? 2017-10-23T22:14:28+00:00
  • Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1, otherwise known as HSV1.
  • HSV2 is a similar virus which usually causes genital herpes, but rarely can also cause cold sores around the mouth.
  • Cold sores are spread by skin to skin contact, such as kissing someone who has an active cold sore.
  • The first infection may not cause any symptoms, but may be triggered later.
  • Cold sores can be triggered by stress, fatigue, viral illness, strong UV/sunlight exposure or during menstruation.
How do you catch cold sores? 2017-10-23T22:13:55+00:00
  • Cold sores are spread by skin to skin contact
  • If you have active cold sores you should avoid newborn babies, elderly, or anyone with a weak immune system (e.g on chemotherapy)
  • If you have no active cold sores, you’re not usually infectious to others.
Do you need a test to diagnose cold sores? 2017-10-23T22:13:21+00:00
  • No, usually not.
  • The diagnose tends to be obvious, based on history and the appearance of the lesions
  • However, if there’s any doubt, your GP can perform a swab.
If I get cold sores very often does it mean something is wrong with my health? 2017-11-07T22:33:07+00:00

• Not usually. People with recurring cold sores occasionally worry that there’s something wrong with their immune system, or that they’re deficient in a vitamin or mineral. But cold sores are very common, and most people who get them are otherwise perfectly well.
• Sometimes tiredness or another viral illness can make you more prone to cold sore flare ups
• If you’re worried, speak to your doctor- they may recommend some general blood tests to check for an underlying cause.

What is the best treatment for cold sores? 2017-11-07T22:35:34+00:00

• Usually no particular medication for cold sores is recommended- they naturally get better over 7-10 days.
• There is some general advice when you have active cold sores, such as avoid touching the cold sores; wash hands regularly especially after applying creams or before putting in your contact lenses; and don’t share lip balm or sunscreen.
• Over the counter painkillers like Panadol and Nurofen, or topical anaesthetic gels (e.g Lidocaine) may be helpful for pain/discomfort.
• Antiviral Creams- e.g Zovirax (Aciclovir) cream, can be bought at your pharmacy- these do not kill the virus but prevent it from multiplying which may reduce symptoms a little.
• Antiviral medication for cold sores- e.g Aciclovir and Famciclovir may reduce the severity of symptoms. This approach may be appropriate if you have severe or frequent cold sores, or a weakened immune system for some reason.

Is there a cure for cold sores? 2017-11-07T22:31:03+00:00

No, unfortunately once you’ve been infected, HSV1 stays in your body. In some people it means cold sores flare up from time to time, in others HSV1 lies dormant.

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