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Can abreva actually work?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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How quickly does abreva work?

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 showed negative results, but these were not published. Studies showed that the average healing time of a recurrent oral-facial herpes simplex episode-treated patients was approximately one day shorter than placebo. ...Read more

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Could abreva work for healing coldsores?

Could abreva work for healing coldsores?

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

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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. ...Read more

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Can abreva work to get rid of cold sores?

Sort Of: It helps with the symptoms & can make an outbreak less painful & maybe last a little shorther time. Even prescription meds do this but are more effective. There are meds that can be used to prevent them but you will need a prescription from your md or dentist. Some you take all the time, others you take when you first feel the burning sensation but both keep it from coming out. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how Valtrex (valacyclovir) and abreva work with cold sores?

Abreva/ Valtrex (valacyclovir): Abreva (topical Docosanol) is an antiviral medication that can be used to treat recurrent oral/ facial herpes simplex virus infections. Valtrex (Valacyclovir) is a nucleoside analogue DNA polymerase inhibitor. Both decrease replication of the Herpes Simplex virus. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could Valtrex (valacyclovir) and abreva work with cold sores?

Abreva/ Valtrex (valacyclovir): Abreva (topical Docosanol) is an antiviral medication that can be used to treat recurrent oral/ facial herpes simplex virus infections. Valtrex (Valacyclovir) is a nucleoside analogue DNA polymerase inhibitor. Both decrease replication of the Herpes Simplex virus. ...Read more

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Which works better for genital herpes carmex or abreva?..

Which works better for genital herpes carmex or abreva?..

Neither: Neither of these will work well for genital herpes. The best option would be to call your doctor for a prescription for an anti-viral medication, such as valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Abreva (Definition)

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