THE TRUTH ABOUT COLD SORE REMEDIES
When you have a cold sore, you want to act on it quickly. You may end up trying remedies that friends, family, or health websites recommend, but you may find that these aren’t clinically proven.
Some remedies may offer only temporary symptom relief, while others may have the potential to make the cold sore worse. With lots of anecdotal evidence out there, let’s separate the medicines from the myths.
Read What Dr. Pam Marquess Thinks About Abreva®
"The fact is home remedies have not been clinically proven to heal cold sores or lessen healing time," says Dr. Pam Marquess, a pharmacist and CEO of East Marietta Drugs, an independent chain of pharmacies based in metro Atlanta. "Although those home remedies may make it temporarily feel better, using them can possibly make the cold sore worse. I get cold sores, and what I personally use and recommend to my patients is Abreva®, the only over-the-counter cold sore medicine that is FDA approved to shorten healing time."
Although these remedies may help with temporary symptom relief, or to minimize bacterial infection, they are not clinically proven to heal cold sores like Abreva® Cream is. It is the only nonprescription cold sore treatment approved by the FDA to help heal your cold sore in as little as 2½ days,* when used at the first sign. Nothing heals faster.**
If you have any questions regarding cold sore treatments and remedies, your healthcare professional is the best person to offer advice.