Is CVS cold sore treatment the same as abreva?
Does not treat cold sores. Be advised that this product does not have the same active ingredient as Abreva (docosanol), and will not reduce the healing time for cold sores.
How do you apply cold sore medicine?
Apply a layer of cream to cover the skin where the cold sore has formed or seems likely to form. Rub the cream into the skin until it disappears. Leave the skin where you applied the medication uncovered. Do not apply a bandage or dressing unless your doctor tells you that you should.
How many times a day can you put on abreva?
You should apply Abreva® Cream five times a day during waking hours—approximately every 3-4 hours—for up to 10 days. For best results, apply Abreva® Cream after you wash your face.
Is there a generic version of Abreva?
The generic version of Abreva cold sore cream is called docosanol.
What is the generic name for Abreva?
GENERIC NAME: DOCOSANOL – TOPICAL (doe-COE-sah-noll)
Are you supposed to rub abreva in?
Apply Abreva® Cream 5 times throughout the day with a cotton swab or your finger. Use an ample amount to completely cover the sore and surrounding area. Rub it in gently and completely. If you miss a dose, just apply it as soon as you remember and continue on schedule.
How long do you leave abreva on?
Once the scab has formed, your cold sore is almost completely healed. Keep applying Abreva® Cream for 10 days or until the scab has fallen off, whichever comes first. Do not peel the scab as you could damage the new, delicate skin underneath.
Can you use too much abreva?
An overdose of docosanol is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
Is it bad to use abreva more than 5 times a day?
You should apply Abreva Cream (docosanol topical) five times each day for as many as 10 days or until the cold sore (fever blister) disappears. Use enough to fully cover the area. Do not use more than the daily recommended dose, as overdosing is possible, particularly in children.
What kind of ointment to use for cold sores?
Cold sore ointment and cream catalyze healing and reduce pain using antiseptic and anesthetic ingredients. Some treatments, like Orajel for cold sores and Abreva, can work in just a few days. You can also try a product formulated with the amino acid lysine for cold sores.
What to do if you have a cold sore on Your Lip?
Keeping your lips hydrated may help. Moisturizing lip balms that contain cold sore medication can soothe your skin and promote healing.
When does a cold sore start to heal?
Around day 5 to day 8, the cold sore can start to form a dry scab. Cold sore scabs tend to be red, brown, or yellow in color and will eventually start to flake off. The final stage is the healing stage when the scab has fully healed and disappears. In most cases, the cold sore should not leave scarring behind.
Can a cold sore spread from person to person?
Cold sores are caused by infection from certain strains of HSV (herpes simplex virus). This virus is quite contagious, and cold sores can transmit from person to person if oozing sores are present. Do not share utensils, cups, or toothbrushes if you have cold sores since this can cause it to spread to others.