Abreva® Battles Cold Sores and $25 Amazon Gift Card

Heather —  December 23, 2012

Ick! I absolutely hate the fact that I get cold sores. Over time, I have learned that I have all kinds of triggers. For example, I tend to get them when I am tired and stressed out or sick, sometimes even just because the weather is bad or I get too much sun.

I am usually on alert for cold sores in winter. I can feel a little tingling and shortly after get that awful little sore. Left untreated it can be miserable and last for about two weeks.

I do use Abreva® and I have found that when I first feel that teeny tingle on my lip, that if I put Abreva® on right away, I can often stop a full blown cold sore from forming. If I am out of Abreva®  and wait a day or so, I will still get a bit cold sore, although the Abreva® can speed up the time it takes to heal. Sometimes, like for Holiday parties, that is super helpful.

Did you know that Abreva® is the only over-the-counter medication approved by the FDA that is proven to shorten healing time of a cold sore?

I do think Abreva®  is a good thing to stock in your medicine cabinet. Find out more about cold sore medicine here on the Abreva®  website.

What exactly IS a cold sore? Here is some information from Abreva® :

  • “A cold sore is a blister that forms on or around the lips and is usually caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1).[i] HSV-1 usually affects the lips or mouth but can spread to the eyes or genitals.[ii]
  • Most cold sore sufferers aren’t exactly sure when they first encountered the virus because HSV-1 is usually contracted early in childhood. [iii]
  • While it’s likely that up to 90% of adults have been infected by the cold sore virus, not everyone gets cold sore outbreaks.8 Actually, only 20%-40% of people will experience cold sores.8
  • About 80 millionAmericans suffer from cold sores, which can be unsightly and sometimes painful.[iv]
  • If left untreated a cold sore typically goes through 5 stages during its 7-10 day course, and sometimes it can hang around up to 2 weeks.[v]

You probably already know that HSV-1 is as easy to spread as it is tough to fight. The virus that causes cold sores is very contagious, so avoid close personal contact such as kissing or sharing utensils during an outbreak.9 So it goes without saying: keep the virus to yourself.”

Other tips?

Well, you can also get a prescription that helps, but that is a hassle. You need to show your doctor a cold sore, usually. You can ask your doctor about that. I also use a tea tree based lip butter, and find that helps too. I also make sure to not use lipsticks while I have a cold sore. I will use my finger or a q-tip to apply a bit of lipstick. If I get a cold sore and know my lipstick touched it, I do need to throw out that lipstick.

Want to stock up your medicine cabinet? Enter here to win a $25 Amazon Gift Code! To enter, leave me a comment telling me what winter colds your family gets!

(Ends January 9, 2013)

[i] Abreva website.  Retrieved October 23, 2012 from http://www.abreva.com/what-are-cold-sores.aspx
[ii] Abreva website.  Retrieved October 23, 2012 from http://www.abreva.com/cold-sore-myths.aspx
[iii] Abreva website.  Retrieved November 8, 2012 from http://www.abreva.com/cream/spreading-cold-sores
[iv] US Census Data 2010. Retrieved November 6, 2012. http://2010.census.gov/2010census/data/
[v] Abreva website.  Retrieved October 23, 2012 from http://www.abreva.com/stages-of-a-cold-sore.aspx  


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26 responses to Abreva® Battles Cold Sores and $25 Amazon Gift Card

  1. We always seem to go through several colds and 1 to 2 rounds of strep throat in the winter.

  2. just a regular cold with a runny nose or a sore throat

  3. We usually get some sort of head cold over the winter break. We’ll usually end up taking something like dayquil to lessen the symptoms.

  4. We usually get the nasal congestion and coughs.

  5. We tend to get a few colds during the winter season, my husband gets cold sores along with the cold, and he treats them with lysine.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  6. We don’t get winter colds, but if we do we will use Abreva. Thank you for the giveaway!

  7. I believe my family mostly gets the flu. But we do get other little colds from time to time in the winter. 🙂

  8. My family gets all kinds of winter colds, usually a lot of sneezing and sniffling though thankfully not cold sores *knock on wood*. Good to know about Abreva if one does pop up

  9. We have sore throats , and the flu.

  10. Usually sore throats during winter time.

  11. all 3 of my kids have the flu right now 🙁 we get cold sores too about twice a year

  12. i usually get cold sores, and we always get the cough and runny nose

  13. we get the usual colds and flus but I get cold sores as well:(

  14. It seems like there is always something being brought home! We go through at least 2 colds a winter.

  15. Right now I’m battling a nasty case of bronchitis. Luckily no one else has it yet but I also got a nasty cold sore, go figure! We usually suffer at least one or two rounds of cough and nasal congestion each winter.

  16. Oh we always go thru a few rounds of colds here….we seem to pass them around. Carter always bring some home from daycare and then the rest of us get it. Always get the sore throats…pluggy nose….and then the coughs!

  17. We usually get mild colds during the winter. Its when the temperature changes from cold-to-hot, then, we usually get severe colds and coughs.

  18. We get coughs, colds and sometimes the flu and strep throat

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  19. We usually get the runny nose/cough variety

  20. We usually get a cold that lasts for about a week, it’s a lot of coughing & congestion

  21. Our colds aren’t too bad..some coughing & runny noses. Thank goodness!

  22. We have had a tough couple weeks here. Both Donovan and Avery were sick last week with the flu and now I’ve got it this week. Tristan had it a little bit over the weekend but is feeling better now. Chicago is having it’s worst flu outbreak in like 50 years! It had to be the year we move here!

  23. USUALLY just the simple cold. Occasionally I get bronchitis.

  24. kemberley crosswhite January 9, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    we usually get the croup and flu 🙁

  25. I have one son that gets cold sores. The rest of us don’t, but for the last month a virus has hit our family going through each person one at a time. 😛 Sore throat, fever, sneezing, cough, congestion… in that order and lasts about 2 weeks. Yuck. I am currently the one with it. 🙁 Last year we didn’t have many colds at all. This year I feel like we have had a t least one person sick since October.

  26. Teresa Van Pelt January 9, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    We are a boring cold family. Just runny noses and coughs. Except for me. If I get a chest cold it can last a month or more. I hate colds.