Don’t let cold sores take away your confidence. Tackle the source of your cold sore right from the first tingle.
The product of years of rigorous scientific study, Abreva cream works by penetrating deep into the skin to the source of the spreading virus that causes cold sores. When used at the first sign, it blocks the cold sore virus from entering surrounding cells*** and reduces the duration of pain, burning, itching and/or tingling.
***Based on laboratory studies.
HOW DOES ABREVA CREAM WORK AS A TREATMENT FOR COLD SORES?
If used at the first sign, Abreva can help to shorten cold sore healing time. Abreva reduces the duration of pain, burning, itching or tingling associated with cold sores. In fact, treatment with Abreva reduces the median healing time of a cold sore to 4.1 days (when used at the first sign), whereas if left untreated, a cold sore can take up to 10 days to clear up1.
Abreva cream comes in a tube or pump and uses the same formula regardless of packaging. Of course, to be sure Abreva is right for you, always read and follow the label or ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
WHAT ABREVA COLD SORE CREAM WORKS FOR
Abreva cream is specifically designed to treat and heal cold sores caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Cold sores are small, fluid-filled blisters that develop on the lips or around the mouth. They can be painful and unsightly, which is why some people turn to natural remedies for cold sores, such as taking lysine supplements, when they get one. The hope is that the cold sore will heal faster, but most natural remedies can only provide superficial symptom relief. For clinically proven healing power, turn to Abreva.
Some find it hard to tell the difference between a cold sore and a pimple. Pimples can appear anywhere on the face and typically have a white or black head, whereas cold sores usually form multiple liquid-filled blisters that later crust over. If in doubt, ask a pharmacist.
HOW TO USE ABREVA CREAM
For best results, apply Abreva cream to clean skin at the first sign of a tingle, bump, or itch. Use either your finger or a cotton swab to apply the cream, completely covering the cold sore and the surrounding area. Always wash your hands before and after applying. Abreva cream should be applied five times a day until your cold sore is fully healed, up to a maximum of 10 days.
Other products can be applied over Abreva cold sore cream once it has dried. For example, you can apply lip balm if your lips have become chapped, or lipstick, which can help conceal a cold sore until it heals fully. Find more advice on how to help hide a cold sore, here.
Dealing with a cold sore isn't fun, but knowing what causes cold sores, how they spread and the best way to treat them will help you take charge and defend yourself against future outbreaks.