Treating cold sores

Unfortunately, there is no cure for cold sores. But the good news is that they often clear up without treatment. You can shorten the healing time by using an effective treatment like Abreva® Cream. It penetrates deep and starts to work immediately* to block the virus and protect healthy skin cells. You could heal your cold sore in as little as 2½ days*** when using Abreva® Cream at the first sign of an outbreak.

You can manage your cold sore triggers and fight back when you have an outbreak:

Compare Abreva® Cream to other cold sore treatments

  Abreva® Cream Carmex® Cold Sore Treatment Blistex® Lip Ointment Orajel™ Single Dose

OraLabs® Cold Sore Treatment

Campho-Phenique® Herpecin L® Store Brand
FDA approved to shorten healing time when used at the first sign of a cold sore***              
FDA approved to shorten symptom duration              
Helps protect healthy cells from the virus              
Starts to work immediately*              

Contains 10% docosanol

Provides temporary symptom relief    

Contains camphor, menthol, and/or phenol

Contains dimethicone            

Contains benzocaine and/or benzalkonium chloride


Although some of these products may help with temporary symptom relief, they are not clinically proven to heal cold sores like Abreva® Cream is. Nothing heals faster.**

*Based on laboratory studies.
**Among FDA-approved cold sore products.
***Median healing time 4.1 days. 25% of users healed in 2.5 days.