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Abreva Cold Sore/Fever Blister Treatment– Abreva Cold Sore/Fever Blister Treatment is a medicated cream used to treat cold sores, which are also called fever blisters or oral herpes. When applied to the lip at the first signs of a cold sore, Abreva has been shown to reduce a cold sore's appearance in as little as 2.5 days by keeping the cold sore virus from multiplying. Using Abreva at just the right time and applying it regularly may help speed recovery time, reducing noticeable and painful cold sores.
Indications for Use
A cold sore typically goes through five stages before it is completely gone. These include: early stage/tingling, blister stage, the ulcer/blister bursting stage, scabbing stage and healing stage. Abreva manufacturers recommend using the product at the first signs of a cold sore, during the "tingling" stage. During this stage, the lip may feel as if it is itching, burning, tingling or tight. The area may appear slightly red and start to swell, but the actual blistered area has not yet formed.
Instructions for Use
Abreva should be applied five times a day for more than 10 days or until the blister is healed. Apply every three to four waking hours. After washing your hands, apply the cream with either a cotton swab or your fingers. The blister and the area around it should be covered. You do not have to rub the cream in completely as it will turn into a clear film when dried. You should not share your Abreva with another person -- you can always order an additional tube from drugstore.com.
Benefits and Effectiveness
Abreva cream has been shown to reduce the incidence of cold sores in those ages 12 and older. The typical cold sore can last anywhere from 8 to 14 days. While there is no cure for cold sores, Abreva can heal up to 25 percent of cold sores in 2.5 days. The average cold sore typically heals in 4.1 days when using Abreva.
The cream is the only FDA-approved over-the-counter cold sore treatment. By reducing the cold sore's duration, you can cut down on the discomfort and unattractive appearance of a blistering or scabbing cold sore.
More About Abreva
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare manufactures Abreva as well as numerous other common household brands including TUMS®, Aquafresh® and Sensodyne®. The FDA approved Abreva for use in treating cold sores in July 2000.
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