The cost of cold sore treatment varies depending on whether you are using over the counter creams or prescription medications.

Topical Medications

There are a variety of cold sore remedies that can be taken without a prescription and can help speed up the healing process as well as alleviate the itching, pain, and throbbing sensations that accompany the outbreak. These include ointments and gels such as Abreva, Lipactin, Zovirax, and Denavir. The cost of these treatments can range from $5-$26. Usually one tube of cold sore ointment is more than enough for a single outbreak Super Lysine + is a line of natural products specifically formulated to prevent and treat cold sores. Super Lysine ointment can cost in between $7-$20 for a single tube. Super Lysine + tablets come in a container of either 90 tablets or 180 tablets and the cost can range from $10-$30.

Oral Medications

For more severe, reoccurring cold sore cases your skin care practitioner may prescribe oral medication such as Valtrex. This is a more costly option ranging from $6-$10 per tablet. Most health care plans offer partial or complete coverage for the cost of the medication. Those who experience more cold sore outbreaks than normal, six or more per year, may be recommended to take cold sore medication every day to help prevent flare-ups. The cost for this type of treatment will vary from person to person. To find out which treatment is best suited for your condition, it is a good idea to consult with your skin care professional.