Can I use Abreva on genital herpes?
Question posted by Rachel_Marie22 on 30 Oct 2011
Last updated on 24 February 2017
Abreva is indicated for the treatment of cold sores around the mouth caused by Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1.
Abreva is not to be used on genital herpes which is most commonly caused by Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2
There is no medication to cure your body of the genital herpes virus. Treatment is aimed at easing symptoms, reducing the frequency of recurrences and reducing transmission.
Symptoms can be improved by:
ice packs to the affected area
pain-relieving medication – such as acetaminophen
antiviral medication – such as acyclovir, famciclovir and valacyclovir. These can reduce the severity of an episode if taken early enough (preferably as soon as you become aware of any symptoms appearing).
Topical antivirals like Abreva usually used for cold sores on the lips or face are not appropriate for use on the genitals.
For more information see: https://www.drugs.com/health-guide/genital-herpes.html
Yes, in my experience. I can go years without a flare up, this year I'm on my 2nd. Mine flares up when my stress and depression hit an 8 or 9 on a 10 point scale. I'm a disabled single mom and my son turned 18 end of February. Need I day more about my stress? When I notice the very beginning of a sore I grab my Herpecen L lip protectant/Abreva and apply it after every time I use the bathroom, take a bath or shower, chance my clothes... But typically no less than 3-4 times a day. Talk with your doctor though. Also, Super Lysine cold sore treatment is awesome! I prefer that to Herpecen /Abreva. It works a lot faster and I only apply it 2-3 times a day. After I wash first thing in the morning and right after my bath before bed. I would choose the Super Lysine plus stuff over the others.
If you have HSV-1 genitally, I don't see why not. Of course as with anything you put on the skin, test it somewhere else beforehand. For those who are saying no you can't because HSV-2 causes genital herpes and HSV-1 causes cold sores, they are not 100% correct (based on old information). While most cases of oral herpes is HSV-1, it's possible for them to be caused by HSV-2. There are also more cases of HSV-1 being found in the genital region, possibly due to the decreased number of people having HSV-1 orally say in childhood. HSV is NOT a site-specific virus (can technically be found anywhere on the body, not restricted to the mouth or genitals).
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