Honey as good as aciclovir for cold sores: study

Lesions took 8-9 days to heal, whether using kanuka honey or antiviral cream
Cold sore

Kanuka honey from New Zealand may be as effective as aciclovir in treating cold sores, with patients using the honey reporting a similar healing time, research shows.

In the New Zealand study, herpes labialis lesions took between eight and nine days to heal, whether they were treated with an ointment made of kanuka honey or aciclovir 5% cream.