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Zinc Oxide Cream for the Treatment of Cold Sores

Topical cream containing zinc oxide may be helpful for treating facial cold sores.1 The cream may shorten the duration of cold sore blisters, especially if it is started right after the cold sore begins to form.

Some people using this cream experienced a few side effects, such as severe skin irritation and dryness.

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Most cold sores heal on their own without prescription medicine or complementary therapies.

Citations

  1. Worrall G (2009). Herpes labialis, search date February 2009. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology
Last Revised March 11, 2010

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Last Updated: March 11, 2010
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