How to Treat a Cold Sore

How to Treat a Cold Sore - Abreva

I can always feel a cold sore coming on, it is that tell-tell sign of tingling. I know that if I don’t treat it right away, it will be a constant pain for the next 1-1/2 weeks! About 25% of Americans will have at least one cold sore this year. Do you know what causes cold sores and how to treat a cold sore?

What Causes Cold Sores?

Take the Cold Sore Quiz:

  1. It is possible to cure cold sores permanently. FALSE, cold sores are from a virus
  2. Treating a cold sore at the first sign of an outbreak can shorten healing time. TRUE
  3. Injury to the mouth and lack of sleep are not triggers for cold sores.   FALSE
  4. Pricking your cold sore with a needle can relieve the pain and speed healing. FALSE, this could prolong the healing and scar you
  5.  It’s okay to kiss during the cold sore cycle, especially towards the end. FALSE, viruses can spread
  6. You should start treatment at the first tingle. TRUE
  7. Sun exposure during the winter is not a trigger for cold sores. FALSE
  8. A worn-down body finds it harder to keep the virus inactive. TRUE
  9. Applying alcohol or witch hazel to dry out a cold sore can heal it. FALSE
  10. Holding a tea bag or ice on a cold sore can speed up healing. FALSE

How to Treat a Cold Sore

  1. Get enough sleep and don’t get stressed out. A worn-down and stressed out body is more likely to get sick.
  2. Follow healthy skincare and diet regimen to avoid breakouts.
  3. At first sign of cold sore, apply your treatment.
  4. Don’t share personal items or kiss for the entire cold sore life cycle

Best Cold Sore Treatment

Abreva is the only over-the-counter medication approved by the FDA that is proven to shorten healing time. Abreva begins to work as soon as you apply it. Typical cold sores last 8-10 days, sometimes longer.

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How to Treat a Cold Sore – Use Abreva

Abreava is the only FDA approved over-the-counter treatment to shorten healing time, average is just 4 days. Use as directed,  5 times a day until your cold sore is healed (max of 10 days).

How to Use Abreva Cold Sore Treatment

  1. Remove cosmetics before applying, you may reapply cosmetics after applying Abreva.
  2. Apply directly to your cold sore at first sing of tingle, redness, bump or itch
  3. Leave the cold sore alone – don’t pick, scratch or squeeze
  4. Wash hands after touching cold sore or applying Abreva

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