Cold Sore Treatment

Safe, Effective Treatment

Cold sores are caused by a virus called the herpes simplex virus (HSV). This virus is very common and it’s estimated to affect approximately 67% of the world’s population. The virus is caught by coming into contact with other people with an active infection. This is often during childhood when children come into close contact through activities such as play.

For most of your life, the virus will lie dormant in your skin, suppressed by your immune system. Occasionally the virus will reactivate causing a cold sore. This is often when your immune system is temporarily weakened, for example through stress or illness.

ZipHealth offers numerous treatment options for cold sores. Select your treatment, complete a short online consultation and get your medication delivered straight to your door, if prescribed.

Cold Sore Treatment Options

ZipHealth offers three anti-viral treatments: acyclovir, valacyclovir and famciclovir.

Comparing Cold Sore Medications

Acyclovir Famciclovir Valacyclovir Valtrex
Brand Names Zovirax Famvir Valtrex Valtrex
Strengths 400mg 500mg 500mg 500mg
Dosage Two tablets three times a day for 2 days Two tablets twice daily for one day One tablet twice daily for 3 days One tablet twice daily for 3 days
Cost $24.99/24 tablets $29.99/18 tablets $14.00/4 tablets $42.99/18 tablets