Does abreva really work to heal cold sores? I feel like It did the opposite and caused my cold sore to spread

Not effective. Docosanol (Abreva) slightly inhibits the virus in the lab, but not effective in treating oral herpes. So it's not quite quackery, but comes close. But it shouldn't make an outbreak worse, unless maybe you're allergic and it caused increased redness, itching, etc. Ask your doctor about a prescription for valacyclovir: 2 g twice, 12 hr apart as soon as an outbreak starts, is very effective.

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I have had a cold sore for 4 days already and I just brought abreva will it heal within a couple days?

Call your doc and. Have them call in Valtrex (valacyclovir) u take 2 grams asap and 2 grams in 12 hours that is all u need , works 100x faster and better than abreva which in my opinion doesn't work very well , but better than nothing. Read more...

Is a cold sore and a cranker sore same thing, can abreva 10% cream treat both sores? And do u usually have more than one sore if it is a cold sore?

More or less. Canker sore is usually used for ulcers on mucus membranes, cold sores usually occur on the skin of the lips. You can have more than one cold sore at the same time. Abreva will help. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. Read more...