For most people, the holidays are a time to spend with a family and friends. But, with the holidays comes the cold weather and the dreaded cold and flu season. I don't know about you, but as soon as Halloween passes, we are also hit with a nasty head cold or the flu, which last weeks in our house. And, by the time Thanksgiving rolls around, we are on the tail end of the cold, only to be knocked back down when we begin our holiday shopping and pick up germs when we are out and out. Not fun, if you ask me. It is one thing to try and shake a cold or the flu, but having to tend to two young children who are also sick, when you are sick really does take a toll on your body. There are days that I wish I could just crawl into bed and sleep it off. During these times, when my immune system is really taking a beating, is when I find myself having to deal with a cold sore outbreak.
"A cold sore is a blister that forms on or around the lips and is usually caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1). HSV-1 usually affects the lips or mouth, but can spread to the eyes or genitals. While it’s likely that up to 90% of adults have been infected by the cold sore virus, not everyone gets cold sore outbreaks. Actually, only 20%-40% or 80 million people will experience cold sores."
Those who suffer from cold sores, oftentimes find the following triggers an outbreak:
- Fatigue -- Being run down not only makes you feel lousy, but it also compromises your immune system, making you more susceptible to a cold sore outbreak.
- Stress -- Even though a little stress is considered good for your health, those who constantly find themselves stressing out, cause their immune systems to wear down, thus in turn triggering an outbreak.
- Cold weather -- Many people who suffer from cold sores find that during the cold, winter months, is when they find themselves having more cold sore outbreaks. This is due in part by the dry air and winter wind drying out lips,which in turn can cause a cold sore.
- That time of the month -- For women, our hormones change during our monthly menstrual cycle. And, for those who suffer from cold sore outbreaks, these hormonal changes can cause an outbreak.
- A fever, cold or even the flu can cause an outbreak. Because you are run down from being sick, your immune system is thrown for a loop and working overtime to get rid of the virus, infection, etc. that you may be fighting to kick. During this time, many people find themselves with a cold sore outbreak.
So, as you can see, a cold sore outbreak can happen at any time. Usually, when you least expect it, you will wake up to a blistery sore forming on your lip -- not fun. But, if you have Abreva on hand, you can begin the healing process, and get rid of these nuisance cold sores in less time, than if you used other over-the-counter medicines. And, because they can happen at any time, you may not have the luxury to see your doctor, and get a cold sore medication prescription. Instead, you are mostly likely to head to your medicine cabinet or local pharmacy to pick up and use an over-the-counter medicine to get rid of these unsightly and sometimes painful cold sores. "If left untreated a cold sore typically goes through 5 stages during its 7-10 day course, and sometimes it can hang around up to 2 weeks." Not fun, when you are working and have to try and hide a cold sore. The last thing you want to be is self-conscious about a cold sore, and wonder if those around you notice them when you are engaging in a face-to-face conversation.
If you or someone you know suffers from cold sores, and you haven't had a chance to try Abreva, available over the counter and recommended by many pharmacists, then you should make a point to pick up some and have on hand, in case an outbreak occurs during this winter? Abreva is the only FDA-approved over-the-counter cold sore treatment, recommended for adults and children 12 years and over, and should be used exactly as directed: five times a day until your cold sore is healed, for a maximum of 10 days. It is proven to shorten the healing time of a cold sore, which those who suffer from a cold sore love, as they don't want to have to go weeks with a cold sore to hide or deal with.
If you have tried Abreva, or have a family member who uses Abreva, I would love to hear your thoughts on this cold sore medication. I know for myself and family and friends who use it, Abreva has become our go-to over-the-counter cold sore medication, when we notice the onset of an outbreak. And, the best part is that you don't need a prescription, so you can pick it up whenever you need it, without having to see a doctor, or calling in a refill.
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