Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, hurt and are annoying when you are an adult, but when you are only 12, classmates may start teasing you about them, and that can really hurt. Fortunately, there is something that can clear up that cold sore, Valtrex. This little blue pill from your pediatrician will make those painful, ugly sores disappear in just one day.
At the American Academy of Dermatology meeting in New York, a press release from Dr. Stephen K. Tyring of University of Texas verified that not only does Valtrex shorten the duration of outbreaks, people taking it for one day got just as much relief as those who took it for two or more days.
Taken at that first itchy tingle, within thirty minutes most people felt relief. This truly is the best medicine to treat cold sores in adults and children 12 years old and up, because two doses taken twelve hours apart is all that is needed. Your child can take the first with breakfast before the bus arrives, and by the time the bus gets to school, Valtrex is already working. The next dose is twelve hours later, so no need to leave work and run to the school to give your child the medicine, just give the second dose at bedtime. This means more time in school, and doctors commonly prescribe multiple dosages for future outbreaks, so there is no need to miss any class time for an office visit each time your child has a cold sore.
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Valtrex comes in 500mg and 1g capsules, and a compounding pharmacy can even prepare an oral suspension of Valtrex if your child has difficulty swallowing pills. Parents should make sure the child drinks plenty of water when taking Valtrex to reduce side effects, such as nausea, stomach aches, or dizziness. If your child has had an allergic reaction to any other medicine, or takes another medication daily, make sure you mention this to your pediatrician. Over the counter medications, even children’s pain medication, should not be taken with Valtrex, and they are unnecessary anyway. Valtrex will reduce all the symptoms, including pain. Your pharmacist will have all the information you need if you have concerns, but rest assured, most children do not experience any side effects whatsoever, and that is why it is the most prescribed antiviral drug for children with cold sores.
No one should have to suffer the itching, burning and pain of a cold sore, and children should not suffer all of that with the added social stigma at school. If your child experiences cold sores, please talk to their pediatrician, because Valtrex takes care of cold sores fast.