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Doctor insights on: Abreva For Shingles

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Would you treat shingles with abreva?

Would you treat shingles with abreva?

Shingles: The best way to treat shingles is to start oral antiviral meds such as valtrez as soon as possible to reduce the chance of postherpetic neuralgia.

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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Can abreva help with hsv2?

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. Valtrex (valacyclovir) and Acyclovir are the recommended treatment options. Acyclovir is very expensive with 30 pills costing only $4 at certain large stores.

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Can abreva work on cold sores?

Can abreva work on cold sores?

Yes,: There is no cure for cold sores. However, some medications may relieve pain and soften HSV crusts on the skin. Abreva is one of them.

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What does abreva do to cold sores?

What does abreva do to cold sores?

Abreva: Abreva (topical Docosanol) is an antiviral medication that can be used to treat recurrent oral/ facial herpes simplex virus infections. It works by blocking fusion of plasma membrane & envelope of herpes simplex virus. This decreases replication of the virus.

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Could abreva work for healing coldsores?

Yes: It will soothe the coldsore and allow it to heal with less discomfort for you.

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Is abreva and denavir (penciclovir) the same?

Different: While they are both topical treatments for cold sores (herpes simplex), they are different medications. They both may shorten the duration of an active cold sore outbreak somewhat, but through different mechanisms. Abreva has an advantage in that it is available without a prescription.

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I have herpes type 1. Is it safe to use abreva?

I have herpes type 1. Is it safe to use abreva?

Yes but Ice helps: The best remedy for mitigating or abating cold sore symptoms is to apply ice directly to the spots as soon as you have the prodromal symptoms (itching, tingly sensation or pain). Applying ice cubes for 10 to 15 minutes at a time 2 or 3 times a day for 1 or 2 days totally stops the sores from developing or progressing into cratered ulcers. Nothing in the pharmacies matches this. Good luck!

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Which is better abreva or denavir (penciclovir)?

HSV: Abreva is otc and am not at all impressed with its utility. Denavir (penciclovir) requires a prescription. Quite frankly the effect that any topical anti-herpes medication has on a relapse of HSV is minimal at best.

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How will I know what does abreva do for cold sores?

Docosanol.: Abreva contains docosanol which is reported to prevent the herpes simplex virus from penetrating the membranes of your cells. I am hoping some other physicians who prescribe this produce can comment on effectiveness.

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Is it okay to mix Valtrex (valacyclovir) and abreva?

Yes: One is topical and the other is oral and they are both used to treat the same thing.

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Question about abreva for cold sores, what exactly does it do?

Abreva: Abreva contains docosanol which is reported to prevent the herpes simplex virus from penetrating the membranes of your cells.

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How do I apply abreva to my cold sores without infecting myself?

How do I apply abreva to my cold sores without infecting myself?

Not likely: It is not likely that you will infect your finger just by touching the cold sore while applying abreva. Just wash you hand after applying it.

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I keep getting cold sores back to back I saw one coming up so I used the abreva it went down n couple days later it came bk up what is causing that?

Herpes virus: Cold sores are viral infections and the virus "hides" in the nerves close to where the ulcer is. That is why they tend to come back in the same location. The best treatment involves antiviral meds. There is a topical application called viroxin that kills the virus and very effective at the early signs. However if your immune system is low, they come right back.

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What does abreva do?

Abreva: Abreva (topical Docosanol) is an antiviral medication that can be used to treat recurrent oral/ facial herpes simplex virus infections. It works by blocking fusion of plasma membrane & envelope of herpes simplex virus. This decreases replication of the virus.

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How do I apply abreva?

Directly: See your dermatologist for the best treatment.

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Can abreva actually work?

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 the duration of the outbreak by perhaps 1-2 days.

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Docosanol or abreva OTC is sell in mexico? Where can I find this medication?

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 local pharmacy.

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