Abreva contains docosanol, real medicine that is clinically proven to shorten the duration of the cold sore and shorten the duration of the symptoms associated with cold sores. It helps reduce the duration of burning, itching, tingling, and pain so you can get back to living your life.
Abreva works best if you start treatment at the first sign of a cold sore or fever blister outbreak – when you feel that tingling sensation and continue applying it as directed five times per day until the cold sore is healed up to a maximum of 10 days. The sooner you catch it, the better your chances for speeding cold sore healing.
Abreva Original Tube
The compact, convenient Abreva tube is designed to keep a low profile in the medicine cabinet. And small enough to take along in a purse, briefcase or car. Keep one at home and carry another with you just in case.
Abreva is clinically proven to shorten healing to as little as 4.1 days.*
How To Treat Cold Sores Using Abreva
Treat it Early
Treat your cold sore early for best results. The best time to start cold sore treatment is when that tingling sensation first happens, before any visible sign of a cold sore appears. For best results, use Abreva the moment you feel a cold sore coming on.
Don’t Skimp. Don’t Skip
- Abreva is recommended for adults and children 12 years and over, and should be used exactly as directed: five times a day until your cold sore is healed, for a maximum of 10 days.
Keep It Clean
- Remove any cosmetics prior to applying Abreva. Apply Abreva directly to your cold sore at the first sign of a tingle, redness, bump or itch for best results. If you wish, you can apply cosmetics such as lipstick over Abreva. And always wash your hands with soap and warm water before and after treating your cold sore.
Apply Good Sense
- To avoid spreading the infection, always use a separate applicator, like a cotton swab, to apply cosmetics to an unhealed cold sore.
And while you’re treating your cold sore, remember:
Don’t Bug Your Cold Sore
- Never, never, never pick, scratch or squeeze your cold sore. This may cause scarring or a longer-lasting cold sore.
Keep Your Hands Clean
- Always wash your hands after touching or putting ointment on a cold sore. Thoroughly washing your hands during an outbreak can keep you from spreading the cold sore virus to other parts of your body and to other people.
Carefully Consider Treatment Options
- If left untreated, cold sores generally take 6 to 10 days (sometimes longer) to heal. Know what treatment options are available so you choose the one that’s right for you. With the right treatment, you may be able to speed up healing faster than the 6 to 10 days the body normally takes to fight the virus. Abreva is clinically proven to shorten the duration of a cold sore in as little as 4.1 days*.
Reduce the Risk to Others
- Take precautions during a cold sore outbreak to protect the people you care about. Make sure you know the do’s and don’ts of reducing the risks to others so you can properly protect the people around you from getting your cold sore virus.
Talk to Your Pharmacist
- Talk to your pharmacist to get the best treatment advice. It’s also important to talk to your pharmacist or healthcare professional if a cold sore lasts more than 10 days, or if you’re not sure the sore you see and feel is actually a cold sore.
*In clinical testing Abreva is proven to reduce healing time of cold sores to median 4.1 days vs. 4.8 days placebo.