Betadine® Cold Sore Ointment, if applied at the first signs of a cold sore (usually a tingling or itching sensation) can help to check the infection. This product can help reduce the risk of spreading the infection.
Apply the Betadine® Cold Sore product liberally to the affected area at least four times a day.
Not to be used in known hypersensitivity to iodine or povidone. If irritation, redness or swelling develops, discontinue treatment and consult a doctor. Not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding. For further information on contraindications to the use of povidone-iodine containing preparations, please refer to the package insert or consult your healthcare professional prior to use.
Povidone-Iodine preparations should not be applied over a long period and to large areas of the skin (e.g., not to more than 10% of the total body surface and for not longer than 14 days) unless strictly indicated.