A 38-year-old member asked:
Can you tell me if i pull a cold sore scab off and put abreva will it spread still?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Don't recommend: doing that. Let the scab come off by itself. Recommend oral antiviral if you are concerned about transmitting the virus. Yes - it can still spread if you pull off the scab.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Can you tell me if i pull a cold sore scab off and put abreva will it still spread?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Don't do it!: Yes it will spread. Bad idea to do from healing or scarring standpoint. Never pick at coldsores!
if cold sores are a chronic issue for you, see your primary doctor for a prescription medication you can take at the onset (when you feel the tingling and before there is a visible sore) of a new episode.
4.3k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Jul 8, 2014
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