This is a great product to use if you experience cold sores or fever blisters. Outbreaks can occur at any time once you have been exposed to the virus that causes these pesky little sores. Did you know that approximately 80% of the population get cold sores? Wow! Exposure to this virus could have happened when you were a child and you would have never known it. All it takes if for one person to infect another when they have cold sore. It can lay dormant in your system for years or possibly never cause you any eruptions. But if you get that feeling of tingling, itching and pain ........grab some Abreva as fast as you can!
What causes an outbreak of cold sores/fever blisters? There are many triggers. Most of the triggers are caused by a lowered immune system. So if you are run down, stressed, ill (especially with a fever), exposed to ultraviolet sunlight you better have Abreva on hand. I am very sensitive to certain foods like fresh pineapple and coconut. I find that those are triggers for me as well as the ultraviolet sunlight. I have been ill with a cold for about three weeks and now that my immune system was lowered.......I got one. I had Abreva in my purse and immediately I ran to apply it. It instantly took away the tingling and started working to reduce the swelling. It did not blister at all. You have to use Abreva up to 5 times a day until the sore is gone. There is no cure for this virus. All you can do is try and reduce the symptoms and the best product for doing this is Abreva.
This product comes in two forms. A tube and a pump. I bought the pump thinking it was going to be easier to use. It is not. The pump dispenses the Abreva in one big push. You actually get too much medicine this way. They need to design the pump to release less. It dispenses enough to use on both of your lips. It's very wasteful because you cannot control the amount that comes out. This product is too expensive to waste. I prefer the tube form. You can squeeze just the right amount needed and recap it.
The main ingredient of Abreva is Docosanol 10% cream. It's the only non-prescription cold sore medicine approved by the FDA to shorten healing time and duration of symptoms.