Say NO To Cold Sores, Abreva Works! Enter to #Win $25 Amazon Gift Code

Kozzi-little-girl-saying-an-emphatic-no-441 X 294I hope everyone is having a very Merry Christmas!  Can you believe it’s already here, before we know it we’ll be saying goodbye to 2012 and welcoming 2013.  I’m sure we’re all planning on welcoming the New Year in different ways.  I bet we all have something in common.  The last thing we want is a cold sore.  This time of year I tend to get cold sores, the weather and stress of the holidays really gets to me.

I remember last New Years I welcomed the New Year with a big, fat cold sore right in the middle of my lip.  It was horrible, not only did it hurt, but embarrassing too.  I remember my husband and I went to a party at my brothers house.  My poor husband, I love him dearly.  He gave me a little peck on the side of my lip, I could tell he didn’t want to touch my nasty cold sore, but he still tried to give me a midnight kiss.  You have to love a man like that.  Cold sores are not only nasty, but they’re contagions too.

I’ve had cold sores since I can remember.  A cold sore is a blister that forms on or around the lip area.  They are caused by the HSV-1.  HSV-1 is easy to spread, too bad they’re not easy to get rid of without a good medication.

Did you know that most people don’t know when they came in contact with the HSV-1 virus?  Most people that suffer from cold sores normally come in contact with it in early childhood.  Which would explain why I’ve had cold sores off and on my whole life.

Up to 90% of adults have been infected by the cold sore virus.  However not everyone gets the cold sore outbreaks, only about 20% to 40% will experience cold sores.

Did you know about 80 million Americans suffer from cold sores?  When one suffers from a cold sore outbreak, the virus wakes up and infest the skin cells, normally around your lips, and eventually becomes visible.  They can get huge, nasty, and are contagious.

So what are some things that trigger cold sores?  I think the biggest one for me is STRESS.  Needless to say I tend to stress out a lot, especially this time of year.  The holidays can be stressful, not to mention it’s perfect weather for cold sores.  There’s several other things that can trigger a cold sore such as:

  • The winter weather (cold, dry air) can dry your lips out.
  • Ultraviolet rays can damage your skin
  • Hormonal changes
  • Trauma to your mouth.
  • When you get sick or rundown

I’ve tried so many different things to help with cold sores.  Last year when I had my break out on New Years was the first time I tried Abreva.  If you suffer from cold sores, and have not tried Abreva I recommend getting some.  It does what it says it will.  If used right nobody but you will know you’re getting a cold sore.  I say that because if you get them often you learn what the beginning stages of a cold sore feel like, and you’re able to apply Abreva before it’s noticeable.

I’ve come to learn how it feels when a cold sore is coming on, you know before it gets all nasty looking.  Right before a cold sore starts to get really bad, the area itches, and hurts a little.  I don’t know how to explain it, but its a distinct feeling.  The second I think I might be getting a cold sore, I use Abreva.

I’ve used plenty of other medicine to help with cold sores.  Some of them help with the painful feeling, but I have honestly never noticed them shortening the healing time.  Before I started using Abreva, even if I tried to use the medicine right when I felt the cold sore coming, the cold sore would still get big, nasty, and painful.

Abreva is the only over-the-counter medication that is approved by the FDA that is proven to shorten healing time and duration of cold sore symptoms.  It’s also the number on pharmacist recommended over-the-counter cold sore treatment. Abreva shortens the healing time of cold sores much like a prescription medication would, but without having to visit the Dr.  It’s magic in a tube, you’ll always find it in my medicine cabinet.

Using Abreva is easy all you have to do is:

  • Apply directly to your cold sore, right when you notice signs.  When feel a cold sore coming on I know by the itchy bump on my lip, sometimes it has somewhat of a tingling pain feeling.  Abreva is recommended for adults and children over the age of 12.  It should be used exactly as directed:
  • Apply five times a day, until your cold sore is healed, for no more than 10 days.
  • Be sure to remove cosmetics before applying Abreva.  I try to stay clear of using lipstick while using Abreva, but you can apply cosmetics such as lipstick over Abreva.
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water before and after treating your cold sore.  You don’t want to share a cold sore with others.
  • To avoid spreading the infections, always use something like a cotton swab to apply cosmetics to an unhealed cold sore, or just avoid using them.  I personally don’t like putting anything over it, I know they say you can but I hate the way it feels.

Cold sores plain SUCK!  I love my husband, and he’s seen me at my worst, there’s nothing worse than him not wanting to give me a kiss because of a nasty cold sore. I honestly don’t blame him, and the last thing I want to do is share it with him.

Oh, here’s a story about a cold sore.  I know, I always have something to share, this isn’t’ funny like they normally are.  This story actually really did a number of my self confidence.

I showed up at work with a cold sore on my lip a while back.  My boss looked at me, with this look that made me want to crawl in a whole.  I still remember, it was a look of disgust, and told me, “Jenn I think you should come home until that thing on your lip is gone.  I don’t know what the customers will think.”

WOW, now tell me that didn’t so a number on my confidence, and make me want to hide from the world.  It was in our morning meeting, in front of everyone.  I truly didn’t want to go back to work.  I was so hurt at my boss.  I know she wasn’t trying to hurt my feelings, but she did probably more than she’ll ever know.

Needless to say, COLD SORES SUCK!  They are embarrassing, and can really do a number on ones confidence.

If you suffer from cold sores, I have some good news.  Right now you can try Abreva risk free.  Next time you have a cold sore, pick up some Abreva.  If you’re not completely satisfied with Abreva for ANY reason, save your receipt, the unused product, and call Abreva at 1-877-709-3539.  Abreva will give you your money back, if you’re not happy.

I personally use, and believe in Abreva.  It’s helped me a lot, and I always have a tube in my medicine cabinet.  It’s worked great for me, and I recommend giving it a try.  If you suffer from cold sores, and have not tried Abreva what do you have to loose?  It’s a win-win situation.  Either you’ll be like me, and become a believe in Abreva, or you’ll get your money back.  Either way if you suffer from cold sores, in my opinion it’s definitely worth trying.

Have you used Abreva to help fight your cold sores?  If you’ve used Abreva, did it work for you.  Want to learn more, visit the Abreva Website.

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  1. Valerie says

    Does it have L-Lysine in it? As far as I am aware this is one of the most preventive measures any sufferer from cold sores can take. Abreva does however look very interesting and I shall do some more research on it.. Thanks for the great article.

  2. Maddie K. says

    My mom was refered to Abreva by a doctor when it first came out and boy she never went back to Blistex. She SWORE by Abreva. Given that my mom wasn’t one to recommend a product often this was well heeded by the rest of the people in our family.

  3. Karen Hand says

    Although I don’t suffer from cold sores, my husband uses Abreva whenever he gets one.

  4. Lisa F. says

    I used to get canker sores in my mouth a lot. Are those kind of like inside the mouth cold sores? Luckily it’s been awhile. My mom used to say it was either from too much fruit or not enough. Don’t know if that’s really the case. P.S. Don’t worry, I wouldn’t use Abreva IN my mouth. LOL!

  5. Barbara Maher-Erwin says

    I have never had a cold sore, but I bought Abreva for my daughter and it worked for her.

  6. chantal ronchetto says

    I don;t suffer from cold sores but my mom does. This is definitely her go to medicine when she does get one.

  7. Caitlin Clark says

    Haven’t used Abreva, but then I also haven’t had a cold sore in over a year, so…

  8. Carolyn A Colley (Griffith, Smith) says

    I’ve had problems with fever blisters for years, sometimes I have 2 or 3 at a time.

  9. stacy A says

    sorry unfortunately I don’t suffer from cold sores my husband used it once I believe and if I recall correctly it worked great well what I mean is that it cut the time in half that he usually had to wait for it to go down thanks hoped this helped lol Happy New Yr. to all may 2013 b the best yr ever!

  10. Dijah A says

    I don’t suffer from cold sores, but my mother does every now and then, and she uses Abreva. It’s the only thing she uses.

  11. kyla whitley says

    yes, i’ve tried abreva. for me, it always seems like the sore gets worse, before it gets better. the best i can expect, is if the product numbs the sore for awhile. thank you for sharing. :)

  12. krista grandstaff says

    No, I have never used it, but I have never had a cold sore…my youngest son gets them all of the time so I buy Abreva for him…he says it works so much faster than anyting we used to try before…

  13. Kat Hanaway says

    I have never tried Abreva, but my mother swears by it. I don’t usually get cold sores, but would love to try Abreva the next time I do.

  14. Beth Gallinger says

    Abreva is the only product that has ever worked for me. Wish it was a bit cheaper, though…

  15. Ashley Miller says

    I haven’t used this. But may soon because my daughter has been getting cold sores a lot lately!

  16. Robin Wilson says

    Yes I have tried Abreva in the past and it has help to relieve the pain of the cold sore. Honestly it has been a long time since I had that one so I don’t remember how long it took to heal, but I would buy Abreva again!

  17. Diane Sallans says

    I do get cold sores sometimes, but I haven’t tried Abreava – I’ll have to try it next time I get one.

  18. Kimberly Krasowski says

    I use Abreva most often for my cold sores. I’ve had them the majority of my life – so annoying! Abreva does work :)

  19. Lisa F. says

    I haven’t used Abreva. I’ve had a few cold sores in my life, but luckily don’t get them hardly at all anymore.

  20. Stephanie Larison says

    I’ve never had to use it because I don’t get cold sores, but hubby does and he swears by it!

  21. corrie suzuki says

    i do suffer from cold sores time to time, especially in the wintertime or when I’m extremely stressed out. I have never used Abreva but you’re not the first person to recommend as a remedy.

  22. Sydney D says

    I have yes, and it works great. My mother gets cold sores almost every winter and couldn’t live without it.

  23. Carolyn A Colley (Griffith, Smith) says

    I have used it and it works, but you need to get it on as soon as you feel the blister.

  24. Geoff K says

    I don’t get cold sores anymore, but if they ever return it’s good to know about Abreva – I wold definitely want a product that can conceal while it heals!

  25. celina k says

    I rarely get cold sores, maybe once every few years and have never tried Abreva. I’ve heard only good things about it though!

  26. Jacqui M says

    I have used Abreva many times before. It works great, They actually now have out a healing patch that you can put on your cold sore, and it protects it so you can put makeup and such over it, without irritating an already unsightly cold sore! I always have some on hand as well

  27. Annmarie W. says

    I’ve never tried Abreva…I usually don’t get cold sores. But I should probably have some on hand for others in the family or if guests come over & need it.

  28. Karen Hand says

    I don’t get cold sores, but both my husband and daughter do and they use Abreva to heal them quickly.

  29. Keisa Rogers says

    Funny i just put some abreva on my cold sore.These thing are a pain but abreva makes it so much better.

  30. Haylee says

    I don’t suffer from cold sore thankfully but my brother swears by it.

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  31. Paul T/Pauline T says

    nope, never had to use it —– Paul T/Pauline T aka Paul Tran ….. emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  32. Jennifer Kearns says

    My husband used to use abreva all the time, now he doesn’t need it anymore because his cold sores are basically non existant. But it did help him when he did need it.

  33. Nena Sinclair says

    I’ve never used Abreva, but I would like to. I tend to get cold sores when I get really sick :(

  34. says

    I actually have a cold sore in the corner of my mouth right now. It is so annoying and painful. It cracks and splits and is so slow to heal because of it’s location. I don’t get them often usually once a year or less but when I do it takes forever for one to go away. I have never tried Abreva but would love to. Thanks for sharing this important information for us cold sore sufferers~!

  35. nikki krutz says

    i have never tried abreva. i have camphophenique on a friends recommendation before and it seemed to work well.

  36. Deborah says

    I haven’t tried Abreva because I haven’t had a cold sore in many years. Hope I didn’t jinx myself saying that!

  37. April Skidgel says

    I love abreva, I don’t get cold sores often but the minute I know one is on its way I make sure I have abreva and if I don’t I go get some. Nothing works as fast or as good as abreva does

  38. Leah McWhorter says

    I have used Abreva. I like it because it helps with the pain caused by a cold sore. Abreva is not cheap, but a little goes a long way, so if you don’t get cold sores often it will last you a while.

  39. Rose says

    I have never used Abreva, and I don’t ever remember having a cold sore, except maybe once, as a kid.

  40. Karen Hand says

    I don’t get cold sores, thankfully; however, my husband does. He has used Abreva fir years. Wny change products when it works wonders for you?

  41. karen d says

    Yes, I get cold sores but once I got married and left home, they are far less frequent. I do have abreva and it does seem to keep the cold sore from spreading or growing if I catch it soon enough.

  42. says

    Funny you should post about this now … I am just starting to get a cold sore on the corner of my lip and its hurting like crazy. Definitely going to try out this medication! I rarely get cold sores … last one I had was about 6 years ago!

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  44. Kathleen Manthey says

    I have never had a cold sore, so I have not tried Abreva. I do appreciate your thorough review and will definitely recommend to family and friends who may have the need to treat their cold sores. They seem so PAINFUL whenever I have seen someone who is suffering one.

  45. Lisa paone says

    I’ve never suffered from cold sores (knock on wood) But if I ever did,, Abreva would definitely be my go to product!

  46. Kelley Norris aka Daisyjane says

    I don’t suffer from cold sores, but know a friend who does, so going to recommend this product to her..

  47. Sheila Hickmon says

    I haven’t used it yet. This year I started breaking out with cold sores, I would like to try it .

  48. Charlotte Raynor says

    I don’t get cold sores very often but when I do, I use Abreva and it really helps. Thanks for the giveaway! :-)

  49. says

    Never had a cold sore in my life, yet I suffer from chronic herpes symplex virus 1 as high count in my body and it makes me feel like poo. Weird how that works. Anyway if I were to get a cold sore, I would use Abreva.

  50. Lanie says

    No i have never used it. I do not get cold sores, but i know people who have used it and swear by it.

  51. Gail Williams says

    I have never used it, no cold sores, but my girlfriend has so I know what to use if I ever get one!

  52. Victoria Carlson says

    Never have used Abreva but I also don’t get cold sores too much so when I do I just stick it out until they go away.

  53. Karen Hand says

    I don’t suffer from cold sores, but my husband does. He has used Abreva and it seems to clear up the cold sores quickly.

  54. Dawna Newman says

    I used it a long time ago and it did seem to work. Haven’t used it recently though, haven’t had too many cold sores lately.

  55. Christy says

    I have not used Abreva. I don’t get cold sores very often but my husband gets them all of the time.

  56. Aimee C says

    I have not used Abreva, I did however recently use the new orajel cold sore medicine through Smiley360 (great site!) and I have to say, it really did work! My go to with no medicine is killing it with alcohol, seriously dries it out fast!

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  57. kristin says

    i have used it a few times – i dont get cold sores that often but when i do – i do go for abreva

  58. Trisha A. says

    I do occassionally get cold sores, especially during the winter months. I have not yet tried Abreva.

  59. Tanya Rubezhov says

    My husband used to swear by Novitra. But now it’s nowhere to be found, so he switched to Abreva. I guess it’s OK, but he liked Novitra better.

    • says

      Really, have you used it at first sign of the sore… If I catch mine right before it starts to come up it never even does.. Now if I don’t catch it in time it has to get ugly before it gets better for sure!

  60. Carol L says

    I have used Abreva and have to say it absolutely worked for me. Expensive but it works and who wants to have cold sores :)
    Carol L

  61. Lauryn Heintzelman says

    I’ve not tried it yet, but my sister uses it when she gets fever blisters. I say they do reduce the time and reddness. I’ve been lucky not to get any…yet.

  62. Robin Quick says

    Yes I have used Abreva & it works really well. I highly recommend it to anyone that has cold sores. Luckily since I started using Abreva 9 years ago with the last cold sore and use it if I feel like I might be getting one I havent had a cold sore in 9 years! Knock on wood!

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  63. ANN*H says

    Yes I get cold sores ones in awhile but I dont think I have ever used Abreva but I hear it really works good on cold sores

  64. Wild Orchid says

    I have used it. It works great!
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  66. Wendy says

    I have never used Abreva. I don’t get cold sores. My friend does and she uses Abreva every time.

  67. Teressa Morris says

    My husband uses Abreva and loves it!! I get canker sores and Abreva won’t work on the ones inside your mouth.

  68. Stephanie says

    I’m lucky that I’ve never suffered from cold sores so I haven’t tried it. It sounds great though.

  69. Lauren Rochon says

    I don’t usually suffer from cold sores, but if I did, Abreva sounds like a great product :)

  70. Barbara Montag says

    I haven’t used Abreva yet.
    I get occasional cold sores and suffer through.
    Time to give it a try!
    Thank you.

  71. Kortney says

    Never used it but might give it a chance when i get another cold. Hoping I don’t get another cold though.

  72. Jessica A. says

    I never suffered from cold sores so I haven’t tried abreva, but I will recommended to those that hvae cold sores.

  73. Selene M. says

    I have used Abreva and it definitely seems to shorten the duration more than any other product.

  74. solarride says

    No, I haven’t use abreva, I never actually suffer from cold sores, maybe it’s not common in my country?