Resource Summary

Clinical Question:
Do antivirals (oral or topical) or docosanol (Abreva®) improve healing time for patients with recurrent herpes labialis (cold sores)?

Bottom-line:
One or two doses of famciclovir may improve cold sore healing by about 2 days^ while valacyclovir and longer courses of topical acyclovir or docosanol (Abreva®) may improve healing by 0.5-1 day.


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Publication Date: 2013-8-19
Last Updated on PCR: 2017-03-31 16:38:22