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I have only ever bought Abreva when I lived in the US and it is the only product I swear by when it comes to treating cold sores. It's a very important product for me to have and I can't ever go without it. As soon as I notice that I'm getting to the end of my little tube, I'd go purchase another one so it's right at hand when needed.
I have suffered from cold sores ever since I can remember. My triggers are typical (stress, weather, too much sun exposure, hormones), but the main one is eating oranges or tomatoes. The best way to deal with cold sores is obviously avoiding any known triggers and of course stress management, but we all know that life isn't always that simple. So Abreva is seriously THE next best thing!
What Abreva is is a non-prescription cold sore treatment/cream that is best of the best. It is a Docosanol 10% cream. It comes in a tiny .07oz (2g) squeeze tube and in a .07oz (2g) pump bottle. I have never used the pump one so I cannot speak for that particular packaging and ease of use. I always purchase the squeeze tube one as it is cheaper of the two. The squeeze tube is $16.77 (roughly £11.10) at Walmart, and the pump style is $18.10 (roughly £11.98) at said store.
At the very first sign (itching in a certain area of lip or lip line, burning or tingling sensation) of a cold sore is when Abreva works best. I apply it as often as five times per day when I have a cold sore, all the while making sure that my hands/fingers are 100% clean before AND AFTER use; you especially don't want to spread the cold sore anywhere else OR infect your Abreva cream!
When I use it at the very first sign, my cold sore does not grow any bigger than the size of a small pimple and it also heals in less than one week's time. BUT, not every outbreak is the same and sometimes, even though I caught the cold sore in time right away, it still sometimes manifests into a big embarassing mess on my lip. 90% of the time though, Abreva keeps the sore small, contained, and dries the sore out quickly.
I am not honestly sure at what stores in the UK you can purchase Abreva at, but I know in the US, you can buy this at Walmart, Target, Walgreens; basically any pharmacy or grocery store. You can also buy this online which is a huge plus for me since I live in England now.
All in all, Abreva is the best cream I've ever used & it does help speed up healing time for me. I will never live without it!
This is a new product that I'm very grateful of finding.A doctor friend told me about this amazing cold sore medicine about a week ago.I got him to bring me some from the drug store, because the way he talked it worked really well. I had started getting fever blisters one day last week. I called and talked with my doctor friend and asked him if there was anything else beside the prescription (Zovirax) that he had given me before, because it just wasn't working that well.He told me they had come out with a new product that would work and work fast (Abreva). In the winter time I'm bad about getting fever blisters and getting rid of them.(I can look at someone and get them) I tried Abreva last week when I felt some coming up on my lips and you know they we're pretty well gone the next day.(I was happy).I guess I caught them on time! I had already had some before those had tried to come up and it made them heal so much faster.I really like this little tube of miracles even thou its very expensive, but well worth it! They say early detection can decrease the life span of cold sores/fever blisters if caught soon enough and also prevent the spread of infection.An outbreak can be caused from flu like symptoms, fever.They say once the cold sores heal the virus stays dormant in the body-retreating to nerves located by the ear.(That's something isn't it?) Did you know that cold sores are extremely contagious.That the virus can be passed onto others at any giving time of the outbreaks. Cold sores episodes can be caused by stress, fever,fatigue and exposure to the sun.Outbreaks can last anywhere from a week up to two weeks. (No wonder ever time I look at my sister and she has fever blisters, I GET ONE). Abreva is the only cold sore medicine that contains Docosanol.Docosanol has been clinically proven to shorten cold sore healing time in studies with over 700 patients.So, if you are like me get alot of cold
sores or can just look at someone that has them and get them.You need to get Abreva. It comes in a 07.oz.tube an cost $16.99 plus tax($18.04). But it is well worth it.Try it and you'll love it!
An FDA-approved non-prescription cold sore medicine, clinically proven to shorten healing time and the duration of symptoms