Abreva (Docosanal Cream)

Abreva (Docosanol Cream) is used to treat a cold sore infection. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus. Herpes is a common infection that reasons to a sore on your genitals or mouth. It can be painful or annoying, but it usually leads to serious health problems.  

How does Abreva (Docosanol Cream) work?

Abreva (Docosanol Cream) works by blocking the virus from entering the healthy skin that causes cold sores. It also stops the virus from growing in numbers. This medication will help you ease the symptoms and prevent the virus from developing. 

Why use Abreva (Docosonal Cream)?

Abreva (Docosanol Cream) belongs to the class of medications called antivirals. This can speed up the healing of sores. It will lessen the symptoms like itching and pain. Abreva Cream contains behenyl alcohol or also called n-docosanol. It is a saturated 22-carbon aliphatic alcohol. It reveals antiviral activity against several lipid-enveloped viruses. This medication is approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

How to use Abreva (Docosanol Cream)?

Use Abreva (Docosanol Cream) at the first signs of a cold sore like redness or a bump. Wash and dry your hands before applying the cream. Clean and dry first the affected area. Apply a thin layer of the cream to completely cover the infected area. Rub it gently. Use this for about 5 times a day every 3 to 4 hours. Wash your hands carefully after applying. Do not apply the cream in or near the eyes. It may cause irritation. If accidentally the cream gets into the eyes, wash with clean water immediately.  

What are the side-effects of Abreva (Docosanol Cream)?

Common side-effects:

·        Swelling

·        Dryness

·        Redness

·        Headache

Serious side-effects:

·        Swelling of your tongue, lips, or face

·        Hive, rash, or itching

·        Breathing difficulties

If these persist or worsen, call for medical attention right away.

 Warnings and Precautions

·        Before using this cream, tell to your doctor if you are allergic to it or if you have any allergies.

·        This medication should be used only when necessary for pregnant women.

·        You should tell to your doctor if have any present medication.

·        Do not share the cream with others who have the same condition as yours.

·        Tell to your doctor if you are using other skin products.

·        Consult your doctor first if you are breastfeeding women.

·        Keep this away from the reach of children.

·        Keep at a clean and dry place to avoid infections.