When it comes to swelling, redness, itching, and tingling on your skin, Abreva Cream can be used for these things. But there are a lot of things people use without knowing how to use that and the precautions, usage, side effects, and overdose. In this article, you will get to know every detail about Abreva Cream. So, before using the cream, go through this article. 


Abreva Cream: Uses

Abreva Cream Uses

The Abreva Cream CVS or the Abreva Cream Docosanol is used to treat fever blisters and cold sores. If you feel itching, burning, pain, tingling, swelling, or redness in your skin, then this product can decrease the symptoms. It can also boost the healing process of the sores. 

After using the product, first, it blocks the virus from entering healthy skin. And it also stops the viruses from growing in number. Most people think that this product can heal herpes. But this is not the case, it won’t help from passing the infection or prevent future occurrences. So if you have canker sores in your mouth, genital herpes, or shingles, then my recommendation is not to use the product.

Abreva Cream: How To Use It?

Abreva Cream How To Use It
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People also call this product Abreva Cold Sore Cream for various reasons. Here I will describe to you how to use this product. First, you should only use this product if your doctor recommends it. Do not use the product if your doctor hasn’t prescribed it. And secondly, read and follow the directions that are written on the package. 

How To Apply?

How To Apply

After you first see any sign of a cold sore, then buy one. Before applying this product, you should wash your hands and then dry those. Then take clean cotton and clean the area. You should take an ample amount of this cream and then make a thin layer to cover the cold sore area. After putting the cream in the area, you should rub the area gently. 

How Much To Apply?

How Much To Apply

Normally doctors recommend using this product 5 times every day. If you are using this product, then try to apply it on a different of 3 to 4 hours. After applying this cream, you must use soap and water to wash your hands. The product must be used on the skin only. The cream should not enter your mouth, nose, or eyes. If the medication goes into your eyes, then try to wash your eyes with plenty of water.

If There Are Any Cosmetic

If There Are Any Cosmetic

There are a couple of things that you should keep in mind. First, if you are wearing any cosmetics, then remove that before using the cream. You can put cosmetics after applying this product. But in this case, you must use a disposable cotton swab. If you wipe off the cream while putting cosmetics, then reapply the cream. 

How much you should apply depends on the medication condition, the response to treatment, and the type of infection. If you use this drug for a longer time and more often than directed, then there can be a different effect (this will be discussed later in this article).

To Get The Best Benefit

To Get The Best Benefit

If you have the condition for using this product, then try to use it regularly to get the best benefit. For example, suppose you are using this product, when the area absorbs the right amount of the cream, then it will work the best. However, the absorbed cream must have to be constant. With time, the cream decreases its level, so you need to reapply every 3 to 4 hours to keep the level of the Abreva Cream constant. 

If you see no change in the sore area in 10 days, then consult your doctor about your medication. Do not make any decisions on your own. 

Abreva Cream: Side Effects

Abreva Cream Side Effects

You are highly recommended to use this product only if your doctor tells you to use it. This is because the product has side effects, so you should know that your doctor thinks that the benefits are better than the side effects. This is why they have recommended you use it. However, most people who use this product do not find any serious or major side effects. 

There are several conditions that you can face after using this product. I am also mentioning that these situations may or may not show. There are a few cases of allergic reactions. If you notice any of these conditions in the below list, consult your doctor.

  • Rash
  • Swelling (throat, tongue, face)
  • Itching
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Severe Dizziness

Abreva Cream: What Precautions Should You Take?

Abreva Cream What Precautions Should You Take

Though there are no serious things that can happen if you use docosanol. But precaution is always better than a cure. When you visit your doctor and pharmacist, do not forget to tell them about any allergies if you have any. During pregnancy, do use this product anywhere that can harm the breast milk.

Also, if you are on medication, then you should mention that to your doctor. They will prescribe you this cream only if there is no harm to you. Also, they will check the dosage and tell you whether to use this drug or not. But do not forget to tell your doctor about any health condition that you have. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):-

Here are some interesting questions and answers.

Q1. How Long Do I Leave Abreva On?

Ans: Normally if you use Abreva Cream, then the results will be shown within a maximum of 10 days. You should not peel the scab or delicate skin. Instead of these, let the scab fall by itself.

Q2. What Happens If You Put Too Much Abreva On?

Though there is no dangerous reaction or serious side effects. But you should not use too much, because there are cases of allergies. If the cream goes into your eyes or someone swallows, then seek emergency medical attention.

Q3. Does Abreva Work Same Day?

Ans: There have been some clinical trials. And that showed that Abreva starts healing the cold sore within 3 days. But only if someone applies it in the earliest stage. But normally, the cold sore should be healed within 10 days. 

To Conclude

The product has gained popularity in the last couple of days. The main reason is that one of the Abreva cream ingredients is Docosanol (10%), and this is highly beneficial. So if you want to use this product, then consult with a doctor or a pharmacist, and if they tell you, then use it. If you find this article knowledgeable, do not forget to give your valuable feedback. 

If you have any further questions, feel free to ask in the comment section below.

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Anirban Mallick is passionate about writing since his early age. He comes from Kolkata, which is famous for its rich heritage. This young person loves to write about sports, cryptocurrency, marketing, gaming, and other topics. This is why he loves to call himself the “Jack of all Trades.” He has a PG Diploma in Advertising and Public Relations from IIMC, Delhi. In his free time, he loves to write stories, read books, watch movies and play outdoor games, mostly football.

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