HOW TO USE ABREVA ® CREAM.
You know that using Abreva ® cream properly is
your best OTC cold sore defense—so you can get back to living your life cold sore
free. But make sure you use it early for the best results.
Don’t Skimp; Don’t Skip
Abreva ® cream is recommended for adults and children 12 years and
over, and should be used exactly as directed: five times a day (starting with the
first sign a cold sore is coming on) until your cold sore is healed, for a maximum
of 10 days.
Keep It Clean
Remove any cosmetics prior to applying Abreva ® cream. Apply Abreva
® cream directly to your cold sore at the first sign of a tingle,
redness, bump or itch for best results. If you wish, you can apply cosmetics such
as lipstick over Abreva ® cream. And always wash your hands with
soap and warm water before and after treating your cold sore.
Apply Good Sense
To avoid spreading the infection, always use a separate applicator, like a cotton
swab, if you wish to apply cosmetics to an unhealed cold sore.
And while you’re treating your cold sore, remember:
Don’t Bug Your Cold Sore
Never, never, never pick, scratch or squeeze your cold sore. This may cause scarring
or a longer-lasting cold sore.
Keep Your Hands Clean
Always wash your hands after touching or putting ointment on a cold sore. Thoroughly
washing your hands during an outbreak can keep you from spreading the cold sore
virus to other parts of your body and to other people.
Carefully Consider Treatment
If left untreated, cold sores generally take 8 to 10 days (sometimes longer) to
heal. Know what treatment options are available so you choose the one that’s right
for you. With the right treatment, you may be able to speed up healing faster than
the 8 to 10 days the body normally takes to fight the virus. Abreva ®
cream is the only FDA-approved over-the-counter treatment proven to significantly
shorten healing time.
Reduce the Risk to Others
Take precautions during each cold sore stage
to protect the people you care about. Make sure you know the dos and don’ts of reducing
the risks to others so you can properly protect the people around you from getting
your cold sore virus.
Talk to Your Pharmacist
Talk to your pharmacist to get the best treatment advice. It’s also important to
talk to your pharmacist or healthcare professional if a cold sore lasts more than
10 days, or if you’re not sure the sore you see and feel is actually a cold sore.