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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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. Read more...

Can abreva work on cold sores?

Yes But. Do not play with it or it will get bigger, do anything that makes you comfortable. It takes about 2 weeks to go away no matter what you seem to do. However check with your pharmacy for a few items that may make you more comfortable - remember that they generally do not shorten the 2 week time. Read more...
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...

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

Good hygiene. Good handwashing and cleaning towels/surfaces is a start. Like eating chips and dip: no double dipping. Ensure your fingers are cleansed before touching the applicator tip. Read more...
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. Read more...

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?

See your doctor. This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. Read more...
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. Read more...

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...