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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Abreva: Abreva (topical Docosanol) is an antiviral medication that can be used to treat recurrent oral/ facial herpes simplex virus infections. It works by bl ... Read More

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
43 years experience Dermatology
Directly: See your dermatologist for the best treatment.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nick Debnath
20 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Shortens duration: Abreva is a topical over the counter treatment for cold sores (herpes simplex). While untreated outbreaks may last up to 10 days, abreva may shorten t ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
37 years experience Family Medicine
Nothing: Nothing.
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
32 years experience Dermatology
Abreva: Abreva is an antiviral agent for reducing the duration of cold sores caused by the herpes simplex virus. You should find this medication at your loca ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Discuss: oral antiviral medications with your physician.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Cohen
42 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Yes: It will soothe the coldsore and allow it to heal with less discomfort for you.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael H. T. Sia
31 years experience Pediatrics
See below:: It was shown to shorten the healing by 17.5 hours on average (95% confidence interval: 2 to 22 hours) in a placebo-controlled trial.Three other trials ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
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Nothing, get better: Can be better if you take oral pill, talk to pmd.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
22 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not indicated : Abreva is indicated for the treatment of HSV 1. It is not indicated for the use on genital herpes. It is not dangerous but will likely not work. Valtr ... Read More

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