Cold sores, Acyclovir and amazon.com
Am I the last person in the know? Have you ever felt like they are having a party, and you haven't been invited? That's the way I am feeling. Something is afoot.
This week I woke up with a cold sore on my lip. For those of you who suffer like I do, you know the feeling, that dull burning sensation. For those of you who want to know more about cold sores, also known as Herpes Simplex type 1, or their symptoms check here.
When I went through dental school the drug of choice for cold sores was Acyclovir. From what I understand there is no cure for cold sores. The virus infects the nerve receptors, and it will always be there. And when triggered, it will go from a dormant stage to an active stage. In my case, heat will trigger an outbreak. If I get over-heated riding my bike or if I work out in the gym and my core body temperature goes up, give it a few days, and I'm sure to get a new sore on my lip.
The best way to use Acyclovir is when you first feel that burning sensation on your lip, that's when you want to start rubbing the cream on the burning area. They claim that the lesion will not get as big while using the cream; the virus will not be able to do as much damage, and that you should heal quicker.
Acyclovir is by prescription only, so I thought I would call in a script. So I called in a perscription to Walmart. Since I would be paying for the cream out of pocket I asked how much the price would be. I was quoted $701.88. This would be $701.88 for a 5 gram tube, a small tube that I could put in my pocket to carry around and pull out on occasion to apply to my upper lip.
Let me say that again, I was quoted $701.88.
As I was walking through Camden, I couldn't help but think of everyone who suffers from cold sores. For $701.88, I wonder how many others are like myself and don't have a choice; I would have to let the sore work its course.
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