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May 29/30: Abreva
I rarely get cold sores, but when I do, it is one of the ugliest things to visually see and physically feel. I used to do household remedies like treating it with toothpaste overnight, to dry. Not the most effective tool but desperate times call for desperate measure. That is until I discovered Abreva, thanks to a doctor friend of mine. Abreva has been around for ages, so it’s certainly not a new discovery. Having said that, a lot of people I know don’t use Abreva when they have a cold sore. So, I thought I would bring some light to it.
Cold sores are caused by HSV-1, something usually contracted in early childhood. However, it stays dormant until it is triggered by one of the following*, at which point it kicks into its second phase and becomes active, causing the blister around the lip/mouth.
- Cold weather
- Hormonal changes
- Excessive sunlight
- Lip or mouth injury
- Weakened immune system
I’ve been dealing with a combination of high level of stress and an even higher level of fatigue, which is probably what caused my outbreak. Typically, a cold sore can last anywhere from 8-10 days. I was on day 3 when it occurred to me that I should use Abreva. Upon overnight application, the blister had visibly reduced by 90%. I only wish I had used it at the first tingles.
Can you imagine walking around with a cold sore on your lip/mouth for over a week? How crippling, not to mention embarrassing! I’ve had Abreva effectively reduce my cold sore in to 2 days when I’ve used it right away. THAT is like a little miracle to me. It’s incredibly effective and it is so FAST! If you’ve struggled with cold sores, and haven’t tried Abreva, go here for a $1.50 off coupon and head over to your nearest drug store to give it a try.
Don’t let a cold sore ruin your week. Happy Abreva-ing!