My First Ever Cold Sore & a $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I had my first ever cold sore last week.  I woke up last Monday with pink-eye like symptoms and my mouth was swollen.  I had no idea what was going on until later in the day when the cold sore made it’s official appearance and there was no denying it.  Justin, my husband, deals with cold sores quite often, but I had never had one!  Thankfully, he keeps Abreva, the only over-the-counter medication approved by the FDA that is proven to shorten healing time of a cold sore, on hand so I started applying it right away.

Monday also happened to be Bryson’s fourth birthday, but I felt terrible.  I had to take my contacts out, then I couldn’t find my glasses so I just could not see it all.  Instead of spending the day with Bryson, he spent the day with my Dad while Bella and I rested.  I found my glasses Monday night and woke up feeling a little better Tuesday morning.  By Wednesday, I was able to put my contacts back in but my cold sore kept getting worse.  I would always nag at Justin for picking at his cold sores, but now I totally get it.  It was so hard to just leave it alone and it was painful.

first ever cold sore - abreva

cold sore day two

It’s now 10 days later and my cold sore is still healing, but it’s no longer painful or huge or swollen.  I tried my hardest to stay in the house and keep my mouth covered, because even though I know it’s just a cold sore- it’s still embarrassing.  Y’all, my mouth was so swollen that my husband said I looked like someone had punched me.   I know that more than likely, I did not have pink-eye, but I had instead touched my mouth and then my eye and spread the virus to that area.  I’ve been washing my hands like crazy!

Since getting my first cold sore, I’ve done a lot of research on them.  I know that probably sounds weird, but I research everything.  Here are a few things I’ve found out:

  • ·A cold sore is a blister that forms on or around the lips and is usually caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus
    (HSV-1).6 HSV-1 usually affects the lips or mouth but can spread to the eyes or genitals.
  •  Most cold sore sufferers aren’t exactly sure when they first encountered the virus because HSV-1 is usually
    contracted early in childhood.
  • While it’s likely that up to 90% of adults have been infected by the cold sore virus, not everyone gets cold
    sore outbreaks.8 Actually, only 20%-40% of people will experience cold sores.
  • About 80 million Americans suffer from cold sores, which can be unsightly and sometimes painful.

I also learned that you can apply Abreva up to five times per day.  I didn’t know this, so I was only using it twice a day.  My cold sore would probably be totally healed by now if I had known that.  Either way, I’m so glad we had Abreva on hand and it’s no wonder it’s the number one pharmacist recommended over-the-counter cold sore treatment.

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Comments

  1. Lisa Brown says:

    I have never had a cold sore, my husband has and sometimes will take lysine for it.

  2. Mary Happymommy says:

    I’ve never had a cold sore.

  3. I have never had a cold sore.

  4. No but I do get canker sores, maybe this would work for those too?

  5. I’ve never had a cold sore but you better believe I’ll try Abreva if I ever do! :)

  6. I’ve never had one.

  7. Never had one.

  8. I’ve never got a cold sore but when I’m sick I sip on tea and lay in bed.

  9. I never had a Cold Sore, but if I did I would try Abreva.

  10. I sue Abreva to help core sores.

  11. I’ve never had a cold sore… knock on wood

  12. Stefanie Gladden ( Ann Lyfe ) says:

    I havent used abreva yet! but ive heard it works!

  13. Jennifer Marie says:

    I have never had a cold sore before.

  14. Wild Orchid says:

    I haven’t had one in a while, but when I did I used Abreva!

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    Thanks for the chance to win!
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  15. I’ve never had a cold sore before, but my mom gets them on occasion and has used Abreva

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  16. I have never gotten a cold sore.

    janetfay (at) gmail (dot) com

  17. Sandy VanHoey says:

    I’ve never had one but my son-in-law gets them a couple times a year and will only use abreva for it

  18. I get them every now and then, so not very often. I’ve never tried Abreva for it, but I’ll look into it when I need something!

  19. I am blessed in that I have never suffered from a cold sore. I remember my mum getting them in the same old spot on her lip when I was a kid, and how she would refuse to kiss us when she had an outbreak. Probably why I’ve never got one.

  20. I have never had a cold sore

  21. Olivia Rubin says:

    Nope, no cold sores

  22. I have never had one (knock on wood)

  23. rebecca williams says:

    I’ve had a cold sore before (a couple of times) but I’ve never tried Abreva.

  24. I’ve never had a cold sore.

  25. I have never had a cold sore but my Father suffers dreadfully from them.

  26. Jenny Sims says:

    I do get them occasionally, but haven’t tried Abreva. I will keep it in mind!

  27. I have actually never had one, so I have never used abreva

  28. Thomas Murphy says:

    I have never got a coldsore

  29. i don’t get them but my husband does and he uses abreva on them

  30. I get cold sores all the time, and I only use Abreva. It’s the only thing that works for me.

  31. I have never had a cold sore

  32. I’ve had to use this before, abreva works great!

  33. I have never used Abreva before but my sister swears by it.

  34. Unfortunately I have had cold sores, but I’ve never tried Abreva.

  35. i always get a cold sore about twice a year, on the same spot on my lip.

  36. I love abreva. It works great!

  37. Yes I get cold sores and a friend turned me on to Abreva and it works great

  38. I’m lucky enough I’ve never had one. My brother gets them all the time though ):

  39. i don’t have cold sores, but i’m battling a blind pimple right now :( thank you!

  40. Laura Jacobson says:

    When under stress them seem to appear. I have never found anything to help other than time! Would love to try Abreva!

  41. I do not get cold sores, and have not used Abreva.

  42. Kimberly Schotz says:

    I have never had a cold sore, but I now know what to use if I do get one.

  43. michelle pickett says:

    I have only gotten cold sores once, about a few years ago. I had them on both corners of my mouth (ouch!) I tried like 3 products then finally caved and got expensive abreva, the next day i noticed a difference and it was totally healed in less than a week.

  44. Iv’e never used abreva but have considered getting it for my husband.

  45. Tony Avila says:

    I’ve never had one.

  46. I’ve never had a cold sore, but my sister has had them and they are a pain in the butt! Hope you’re feeling better soon!

  47. Tammy Shelton says:

    I’ve been blessed to never have had one.

  48. Never had one (knock on wood) but I have heard Aberva works great!

  49. Anytime I get sick I always get a fever blister. I have used Abreva for years now. It’s the best!

  50. Once in a blue moon.

  51. steve weber says:

    yes, the best thing to do is switch with warm salt water.

  52. I have never had one of those. I have heard of Abreva though.

  53. I don’t get cold sores but I get canker sores inside my mouth all the time. They are crazy painful and the more stressed I get, the more canker sores I get. Sadly, there’s really no medication that works for it.

  54. Love abreva

  55. I have never had a cold sore, as least not yet.

  56. Abreva is what I always use when I get a cold sore!

  57. I’ve used Abreva, but, it’s expensive!

  58. pick me!

  59. Fortunately so far I have not had to deal with cold sores….

  60. Tabathia B says:

    I have never had a cold sore or used Abreva

  61. Michelle H. says:

    Anytime I’m stressed, I get a cold sore. I use Abreva and I also take Valtrax the doctor prescribes for me

  62. no i have not

  63. I always use Abreva for my cold sores; it works better than Carmex

  64. Robyn Galloway says:

    I do get cold sores like once or twice a year, but I have never used abreva!

  65. Sheila Hickmon says:

    I haven’t had one until this winter, and now I get them like once a freakin week! I want to try Abreva to see if it helps.

  66. I’ve never had one

  67. soha molina says:

    I use neosporin to fight it.

  68. I have had a cold sore before and Abreva does work.

  69. yes, the best thing to do is switch with warm salt water.

  70. I don’t get cold sores.

  71. I don’t think I’ve ever had a cold sore, but Abreva sounds awesome

  72. I haven’t used Abreva..yet.

    I usually deal with cold sores by applying salt and aspirin.

  73. Katie Contests says:

    Thankfully I’ve never had one!

  74. I do not have cold sores, so have not used Abreva.

  75. I’ve never had a cold sore.

  76. Cynthia C says:

    Luckily, I don’t get cold sores.

  77. I don’t get cold sores, but my husband does. He uses Abreva.

  78. Thankfully I’ve never gotten cold sores.

  79. Ann Fantom says:

    Luckily, I haven’t had a cold sore yet so I haven’t tried Abreva

  80. I use abreva for cold sores.

  81. Tari Lawson says:

    I do not deal with cold sores.

  82. Angela Kinder says:

    I get cold sores when I get a cold but I’ve never used Abreva.

  83. Adrienne gordon says:

    i have not had to deal with them yet

  84. I have not heard of abreva until these giveaways so not yet.

  85. I do get cold sores but have not used abreva

  86. Margaret Smith says:

    I haven’t used Abreva before, but will the next time I get a cold sore. I usually let them run their course.

  87. I have never had any cold sore, so I realy haven’t had any need for Abreva

  88. I think I’ve had one once.

  89. christie kammerer says:

    I do not get cold sores but my daughter deals with them.

  90. Mary Casper says:

    I have never had a cold sore but I know people who do and use abreeva

  91. Karen Gonyea says:

    I get them about every 4 months and they are very painful. I have not tried abreeva yet.

  92. Danielle Wood says:

    Never had them and hope I dont

  93. Suzanne K says:

    I haven’t tried Abreva, thank goodness it’s been some years since I’ve had cold sores

  94. Yes, I’ve tried Abreva- works great!

  95. Patrice P. says:

    I have never had a cold sore.

  96. I have never has a cold sore yet

  97. Terri Martin says:

    I have never had one.

  98. I have never had one (Knock wood) but hubby gets one occasionally, he uses Abreva

  99. I use it and it works
    Thanks for the giveaway! Janna Johnson jannajanna@hotmail.com Janna@feedyourpig on gfc

  100. Leslie L. Stanziani says:

    I have always just left them alone but think I will try abreva next time.

  101. Theresa D says:

    I don’t usually get cold sores but my husband does and he uses Abreva.

  102. Carolyn N. says:

    I have not had a cold sore for a long time.
    cjnedrow at gmail dot com

  103. Monique Rizzo says:

    I have only gotten one. They hurt! I just put ice packs on them. Id love to try Abreva.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

  104. Mary Calabrese says:

    Luckily I don’t get cold sores.

  105. I hope I get my first cold sore so I can try Abreva

    ky2here at msn dot com

  106. Barbara Montag says:

    I get cold sores now and then.
    Next time I’m getting Abreva!
    Thank you.

  107. Chelsea O. says:

    I’ve never had a cold sore but I know people who have used abreva

  108. Michael Capp says:

    I don’t get cold sores

  109. Kristy thiel says:

    i really like to use Abreva whenever I have a cold sore!

  110. fortunately I’ve never had a cold sore

  111. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    I don’t get cold sores but I would use abreva for them if they happen!

  112. done get them and no

  113. Crystal F says:

    I do get a couple of cold sores a year and I only use Abreva on them. thank you!

  114. Aimee Fontenot says:

    I get cold sores occasionally, but I don’t think I’ve ever used Abreva.

  115. Jody Sisson says:

    Yes, I have had cold sores but I have not tried Abreva. I will try it now.

  116. I’ don’t deal with cold sores so I have never tried Abreva.

  117. I don’t get cold sores, so no I haven’t used Abreva.

  118. Michelle.A. says:

    I have not but my husband gets them often in the winter. He has tried Abreva and uses it often. :)

  119. I haven’t had a cold sore in years, but it’s good to know about Abreva should they pop up again someday — I love to know that it’s FDA approved and conceals while it heals!

  120. I don’t get them, and I haven’t tried Abreva.

  121. Lindsey M says:

    I used to get them when I was a kid but haven’t had one in years, so no I haven’t tried abreva yet

  122. No, I don’t get them
    Happy New Year!
    Thanks for the contest.

  123. Rebecca Graham says:

    Luckily, I have never had a cold sore.

  124. Cassandra Eastman says:

    I do, not too often but every once in a while. I’ve never used Abreva!

  125. alyce poalillo says:

    I have used Abreva and I also use L-Lysine with much success

  126. Yes and I have used Abreva. It works!

  127. Michelle W says:

    I do and abreva works great

  128. Jennifer Reed says:

    I do deal with cold sores, in fact I woke up with one this morning. I have used Abreva in the past. I need to get some now.

  129. Nicole C. says:

    I have had a couple of cold sores, but have never used Abreva.

  130. no i never get them

  131. michelle jonassen says:

    I do not get cold sores but I hear that Abreva is the best to use. I personally have never used it.

  132. No cold sores, but I do get canker sores from time to time…not often though.

  133. No I haven’t had a cold sore in a long time that I can remember.
    jofo120 at yaho dot com

  134. michelle beggs delgado says:

    we do use abreva

  135. Eileen Burke says:

    Never had a cold sore.

  136. I have not had a cold sore yet

  137. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    my mom uses it all the time
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  138. I have never had a cold sore.

  139. I very rarely get cold sores, but when I do, I definitely reach for the Abreva!

  140. i dont get cold sores.

  141. I love Abreva! I get a couple cold soars every year and Abreva is my go to

  142. I have not had to deal with cold sores

  143. Have never had one knock wood

  144. sheryl cullum says:

    Yes I get cold sores and use lots of chapstick which doesnt help

  145. Mary Cloud says:

    I’ve never tried Abreve – we usually use Carmex
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  146. Mary DeBorde says:

    I don’t remember ever actually having a cold sore,
    but there’s always a first time for everything lol

  147. I have used Abreva and it has worked great!!!!

  148. Penny B W says:

    Luckily I’ve never had a cold sore. My children have had them, but we’ve never tried Abreva.

  149. Christine says:

    never had a cold sore

  150. Susan Smith says:

    Thankfully I have never had a cold sore

  151. Yes I do use Avera for cold sores when I get them.

  152. Lisa McGrattan says:

    Nope, I’ve never had a cold sore howver, my grandma used to get them often when I was a child.

  153. Jennifer Paige says:

    I do not get cold sores, but I do get ulcers and they are so very painful.

  154. Vikki Billings says:

    I have never had a cold sore but my mom deals with them and love Abreva!

  155. I’ve had my share of cold sores. I’ve never tried Abreva but I really should because I hate the way they look and feel.

  156. Dawn Reid says:

    I don’t but my child does and no we have yet to try this
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  157. I do get cold sores and I have used abreva ~!

    freebiegoddess03@aol.com

  158. Shari Klyn says:

    I have never had a cold sore but if I get one, I will try Abreva.

  159. I have tried Abreva and don’t know if it healed faster or not. The best treatment is to cover the cold sore with a white paste toothpaste.

  160. Luckily I have never had a cold sore

  161. Mya Murphy says:

    I’ve never had one but my mom used to quite a bit.

  162. Heather S says:

    I haven’t had one but Abreva sounds good for them.

  163. amy delong says:

    have never had cold sores
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

  164. robyn paris says:

    i have not use abreva yet but look foward to tyring it.

  165. I do not, but my oldest does and she uses Abreva.

  166. I haven’t had a cold sore yet
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
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  167. I’ve used the abreva cream but have never used the abreva conceal. And I’m not looking forward to another cold sore. But I would use abreva conceal IF i ever did a cold sore this winter (fingers crossed)
    :)

  168. susan smoaks says:

    i haven’t got many cold sores and i typically just wait for them to go away on their own, but i have heard that abreva works, so i will try it next time i get a cold sore

  169. I’ve never had them so I haven’t tried it

  170. I’ve never had a cold sore, and never used Abreva.

  171. I have had cold sores but have never used abreva

  172. Lisa Garner says:

    My oldest daughter gets cold sores and we have used Lysine on them.

  173. Kerrie Mayans says:

    I usually use vaseline or carmex but I have used abreva before and it works great!

  174. Tanya White says:

    I have had a cold sore once and I used regular Vaseline I have not used abreva but when my brother in law recently got one I did suggest he try abreva and he did and he said it is a great product.

  175. Jennifer M says:

    I’ve just waited them out typically, but I’ll try Abreva next time.

  176. Michelle Tucker says:

    I don’t get them very often, but when I do, blah. I’ve never tried abreva before.

  177. Chrissy Nestor says:

    My sister get’s them alot and I know abreva is the med she uses to get rid of them, so I know it works well.

    chrissylea1979 (at)gmail(dot) com

  178. Melissa P. says:

    I’ve never had a cold sore or used Abreva.

  179. christina moore says:

    I dont get cold sores.

  180. Cheryl VanBrunt says:

    I have never had a cold sore or used Abreva.

  181. i use abreva to deal with cold sores

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  182. Corey Olomon says:

    Yes, Abreva is the only thing (other than just time) that seems to work for me.

  183. I’ve never had one but my husband gets them

  184. Yes I have and I have used abreva, it works very well!

  185. Beverly Metcalf says:

    Once in awhile I get one. I have used Abreva and it worked pretty good. Thanks for this contest!

  186. I don’t remember the last time I had a cold sore. We’ve never used Abreva.

  187. latisha depoortere says:

    I never had a cold sore yet but if I did I would use Abreva!

  188. not really

  189. Trisha McKee says:

    I don’t deal with cold sores often, but when I do, i definitely use Abreva.

  190. I’m very lucky I don’t have cold sores so I haven’t tried Abreva! I have recomended it to my Mom though since she has them.
    Thank You!

  191. Thanks for the giveaway…do not really suffer from cold sores on a regular basis.

  192. No, I don’t have cold sores.

  193. Barbara Long says:

    I don’t recall ever having a cold sore so I haven’t used Abreva.

    longbarb1@aol.com

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