COLD SORE MYTHS AND FACTS
You know you’ve heard them – those cold sore myths that spread almost as fast as the virus itself.
When it comes to acting on a cold sore, you’ll hear advice on everything from home remedies to foods that are linked to curing a cold sore. Learn the facts about cold sores so you can face every cold sore with confidence – from the first tingle until it’s bye-bye blister.
FACT: Not true. Abreva is different. Based on laboratory studies, Abreva is the only OTC cold sore treatment with docosanol that works by penetrating deep into the skin to help block entry of the cold sore virus into surrounding healthy cells. Abreva works faster* to shorten cold sore healing time and reduces the duration of pain, burning, itching and/or tingling.
FACT: Not true. A cold sore is contagious from the first tingle until it’s completely healed. Remember to take extra precautions to protect others from encountering the virus.
FACT: Not true. HSV-1 is a form of the herpes simplex virus that usually affects the lips or mouth, but can spread to the eyes or other areas of the body.
FACT: Not true. While it’s likely that 67% of adults have been exposed to the cold sore virus, not everyone gets cold sore outbreaks.1 Actually, the majority of people with HSV-1 are not aware they are infected.1
FACT: Not true. Abreva cream has been clinically proven to shorten cold sore healing time to a median of 4.1 days whereas if left untreated, a cold sore can last approximately 8-10 days.
FACT: Not true. Ice may temporarily provide relief from your symptoms and help reduce redness and swelling. But don’t expect it to speed the healing time of your cold sore.
FACT: Not true. Vinegar helps with many things, but preventing cold sore outbreaks is not one of them.
FACT: Not true. Alcohol and witch hazel are astringents that will dry out your cold sore. They are also not specifically designed to help shorten cold sore healing time.
FACT: Not true. Put away the tea bags—unless you’re making tea. They will not make your cold sore go away faster.
- Herpes simplex virus. World Health Organization. (2016, January). Retrieved April 28, 2016 from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs400/en/
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