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Abreva Cold Sore/Fever Blister Treatment, .07-Ounce Tube
- Healing cream for treating cold sores and fever blisters on face or lips
- Shortens duration of tingling, pain, burning, and itching symptoms
- Apply to affected area at first sign of cold; early treatment delivers best results
- Appropriate for adults and children 12 years or older
- Do not use in or near eyes or directly inside mouth
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FDA approved to shorten healing time*.
Abreva is the only non-prescription cold sore medicine FDA approved to shorten healing time and duration of symptoms. That's why it's the number one Pharmacist recommended cold sore medication.
While other products just soothe, Abreva goes deep in the skin to help heal cold sores from the inside out...Fast! Abreva is available in two formats; a convenient tube to keep Abreva ever-ready at home, and now a new easy-to-use pump for a clean and easy application on the go.
When Should I Use Abreva?
Start applying Abreva the moment you feel a cold sore coming on, when you feel that tingle, itch and/or burning sensation. If you miss the tingle stage, start using Abreva as soon as you can, and apply it five times a day until your cold sore is healed.
How Does Abreva Work?
Abreva contains 10 percent Docosanol, a unique patented active ingredient that helps protect healthy cells from the cold sore virus. As Abreva helps the healthy cells defend the cold sore virus, the virus has a difficult time infecting more and more cells. This means cold sores heal faster and symptoms don't last as long.
Why Use Abreva?
Other cold sore treatments only relieve symptoms, so they can't match the healing power of Abreva. Just check out the interactive demo to see the Abreva difference.
Plus, Abreva offers a Money-Back Guaranteee. If you aren't completely satisfied for any reason, save your receipt and remaining product, and call 1-877-709-3539 to receive a full refund.
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For external use only. Do not use if you are allergic to any ingredient in this product. When using this product apply only to affected areas; do not use in or near the eyes; avoid applying directly inside your mouth; do not share this product with anyone. This may spread infection. Stop use and ask a doctor if your cold sore gets worse or the cold sore is not healed within 10 days. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a poison control center right away.
Treats cold sores/fever blisters on the face or lips. Shortens healing time and duration of symptoms. Tingling, pain, burning, and/or itching.
Adults and Children 12 Years or Over: Wash hands before and after applying cream. Apply to affected area on face or lips at the first sign of cold sore/fever blister (tingle). Early treatment ensures the best results. Rub in gently but completely. Use 5 times a day until healed. Children Under 12 Years: Ask a doctor. Store at 20-25 degrees C (68-77 degrees F). Do not freeze.
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Top Customer Reviews
I usually get fever sores(cold sores) about 8-10 times a year. Usually every 2 months, I get a new outbreak around my lips. It could be a minor outbreak, with a simple little bump on the upper or lower lip, or a grotesque outbreak cluster of about 4-7 sores at once. Usually, these sores last 1-2 weeks, sometimes longer. The day I discovered Abreva, that all changed.
As it states, Abreva cuts down the duration of cold sores quite dramatically. If you manage to detect a cold sore as it just begins to form (usually indicated by a burning or tingling sensation on the lip area), application of Abreva will possibly event prevent the outbreak entirely. Upon a breakout of sores, I find that consistent application cuts the duration of sores from 1-2 weeks to a mere 1-3 days! Don't beleive the utterly ridiculous accusations that Abreva is a placebo...this stuff works, and it works well.
Aside from cutting down the duration of the sore, Abreva also releives any burning and itching you may get from them, so after a while you may not even realize that they're there. The cream is comfortable, and it doesn't sting, burn or itch after application. Though the white cream leaves a film after application, if you rub it in strongly the film disappears. Though the box recommends 4 applications a day, I usually double that to 8, and up to 10 times a day for those particularly brutal outbreaks.Read more ›
First, sun exposure is her #1 trigger for an outbreak. Lip balm with SPF 15 has SIGNIFICANTLY reduced the number of outbreaks. Chapped lips also trigger an outbreak, so a quality lip balm (other than Carmex) again works well.
Second, there is a product called Viroxyn that works better than Abreva. The active ingredient is .13% benzalkonium chloride. The same active ingredient is also found in Bactine. Viroxyn is $10 per dose, and generic versions of Bactine are very inexpensive. Both my wife and I have used Bactine for our last couple of outbreaks, and we believe we have found the next-best thing to a cure. If you have success with Abreva, then you know that catching the cold sore early in its development is key. Same goes for our Bactine treatment. At first tingle, we saturate a q-tip with Bactine and rub the spot firmly for about 2 minutes. Repeat 4-6 times the first day. We find that the growth stops quickly, and the remaining (tiny) sore heals in a couple of days. If we catch it fast enough, it doesn't even scab over. I am not a doctor, and I am not qualified to give medical advice. I am sharing my personal experience in hopes that you can also find a way to reduce the pain and embarrasment from cold sores. Always follow label instructions for OTC medications.
A little about me: I usually only get cold sores on my lips (usually the upper lip). But I would think that if you got it somewhere on your face (where you can actually still eat normally) then you can use Abreva all the same. I get about 2-4 outbreaks a year, which is probably not one of the worse cases of the simplex virus. Still, it is annoying and embarrassing all the same. Sometimes it lasts a few days, sometimes a week. Sometimes it goes away and comes back the next day. (I just had my last outbreak on Monday, and after applying Abreva for two days, it has healed significantly today.)
I'm pretty sure Abreva.com doesn't teach consumers how to use it properly (I just checked their website), so I hope this helps anyone new to Abreva or needs a few suggestions.
How to use Abreva (according to 6 years of experience):
1) Wash your face/infected area and pat dry with a tissue or paper towel. Don't use a reusable towel because you might forget and accidentally use the towel for something else and possibly spread it. Applying lotion or other medicines after washing the targeted area usually helps to absorb the medicine better.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased a tube of Abreva from amazon in anticipation of the cold sores I get every year and sure enough less than a week later there was my cold sore. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by RODERICK T. BROWN
I applied as directed, and saw results after 5-7 days of use. However, I'm not sure if it really cut the healing time, as this is how long sores usually take to heal for me. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Gasper Gulotta
Lifelong sufferer. Nothing ... absolutely nothing ... works faster or better than Abreva.
Yes, you pay for it. But sometimes you get what you pay for. Read more
Always use this item. Works great. I prefer it over the pump just bc I can control how much lotion is dispersed.Published 5 days ago by Armen
It's a lot smaller than I had thought it would be for the price, but it does work so I guess it's all good.Published 6 days ago by Diane ransom
This product can really do wonders for cold sores. My friend was very dejected about her cold sores and I wanted to do something really nice for her. Read morePublished 8 days ago by tiny
I have used this product at two occasions. The first time was after a huge cold sore already broke out. Read morePublished 10 days ago by NHReviewer