Cold sore treatment
Cold sore treatment
Ages 18-64
Visit type
Messaging
This is right for you if
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You’ve been diagnosed with oral herpes (cold sores)
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You have sores on or around your mouth or you want to prevent future outbreaks
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You have normal kidney function
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You don’t have a seizure disorder
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You’re not pregnant
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What's included

Personalized treatment plans may include a prescription for antiviral medication that can help cold sores heal faster. Preventative treatment availability varies by online clinic. You can message your clinician with follow-up questions for 14 days after you get your treatment plan.

If you need treatment for an additional health condition, you’ll need to start a separate visit.
Commonly prescribed medications*
  • Valacyclovir (Valtrex)
*Note: You can fill prescriptions at any pharmacy. Links are for informational purposes only.
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This chart is for informational purposes only. Your clinician will determine treatment plans, prescriptions, and number of refills (if any) based on your symptoms and health history. Refill estimates are based on a 30-day supply of medication.
SteadyMD and HealthTap have licensed clinicians (like MDs, DOs, and NPs). At SteadyMD, the typical number of refills per visit for a current outbreak is 1. At HealthTap, the typical number of refills per visit for a current outbreak is 5. At HealthTap, the typical number of refills per visit for preventative treatment is 5. SteadyMD won’t prescribe preventative treatment for cold sores. Business hours for SteadyMD are 10 AM to 12 AM ET, 7 days a week. Business hours for HealthTap are 8 AM to 10 PM ET, 7 days a week. Responses outside these hours may be delayed.

What you’ll need

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A prior diagnosis of oral herpes by a licensed healthcare provider
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5-10 minutes to answer questions about your symptoms and health history
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A smartphone camera or webcam if you need to share photos of your symptoms
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A photo ID, like a driver's license or passport, if your clinician needs to verify your identity

How it works

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Answer some questions
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Clinician reviews your info
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Get treatment plan
You can message your clinician with follow-up questions for 14 days after you get your treatment plan.
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You should know
Based on your health information, your clinician may recommend that you see a healthcare provider in person. If that happens, you’ll still be charged for your visit. Amazon Clinic doesn’t accept insurance at this time, and isn’t intended for beneficiaries of government payor programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.

Frequently asked questions

What medications can I get?
Your clinician may prescribe an oral antiviral medication like valacyclovir (Valtrex), famciclovir (Famvir), or acyclovir (Zovirax). The duration of treatment depends on whether you have an active outbreak or you want to prevent future outbreaks. Cold sore medications work best when taken within the first 3 days of symptoms.

Please note: This information is for general reference only. Your clinician will review your symptoms and health history to determine which (if any) treatments are medically necessary.
How can I prevent cold sore outbreaks?
The treatment to prevent future outbreaks is daily antiviral medication. If you experience more than 5 outbreaks per year, you might be a candidate for daily treatment.

The treatment for an active infection is a short course of antiviral medication. When taken at the start of an outbreak, antiviral meds can reduce the severity of symptoms, shorten the outbreak, and lower the risk of spreading cold sores.
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