Use Abreva at the first tingle to block the virus from infecting healthy cells.
Simply put, Abreva works faster to shorten cold sore healing time. Abreva reduces the duration of pain, burning, itching or tingling. In fact, median healing time of a cold sore with Abreva is 4.1 days used at the first sign, whereas if left untreated, a cold sore can last approximately 8-10 days. Abreva cream comes in a tube or pump and uses the same formula. Of course to be sure Abreva is right for you, always read and follow the label or ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Docosanol Cream 10%
sucrose stearate (and) sucrose distearate, light mineral oil, propylene glycol, benzyl alcohol and purified water
Apply Abreva Cream at the first sign of a tingle, bump, or itch for the best results. Don’t wait until a blister or scab forms.
Use either your finger or a cotton swab to apply Abreva Cream. Completely cover your cold sore and the surrounding area. Make sure to wash your hands after applying.
Don't skimp or skip:
Apply Abreva Cream 5 times throughout the day with a cotton swab or your finger. Use required amount to completely cover the sore and surrounding area. Rub it in gently and completely.
Use for 10 days max:
Keep using Abreva until your cold sore is fully healed, for a maximum of 10 days. Stop use and ask a doctor if your cold sore gets worse or the cold sore is not healed within 10 days.