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COLD SORE STAGES: FROM BEGINNING TO HEALING

Cold sores, also known as fever blisters or oral herpes, are very common. Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1), the oral form of the virus. They can be easy to recognize as they usually appear as red bumps or blisters around the lips and mouth.

Here’s a look at the typical cold sore stages, from the start of a cold sore to when it’s fully healed. Knowing the stages of a cold sore can help you understand what to expect during each stage—and how to fight back with Abreva®.

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Treating with Abreva® Cream at the first sign of a cold sore, the tingle stage, will give you the best results.

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Never squeeze the blisters. Squeezing can reactivate the healing process and even lead to scarring.

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Wash your cold sore with soap and water to help avoid spreading the virus.

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Don’t peel off the scab as you could damage the new, delicate skin. Instead, let it fall off naturally.

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Check whether or not you need to buy more Abreva® so you’re prepared for the next tingle.