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Can I use Abreva on genital herpes?

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Anonymous 30 Oct 2011

Yes it can be used for herpes simplex, I also sussget valacyclovir.

All the best,

suzanne66 1 Nov 2011

No. Abreva is indicated only for the treatment of cold sores caused by Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1. (Genital herpes is most commonly caused by Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2)

Antiviral medication can relieve pain and discomfort during an outbreak by healing the sores more quickly. Medicines used to treat herpes include acyclovir, famciclovir, and valacyclovir.
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Sapphyreopal5 7 Apr 2014

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).

dixie12488 3 Jan 2015

Exactly right. This is the hypothesized reason my husband has oral sores and I have genital sores and each of us has never had the opposite. It begs the question, however, if you can get Herpes in more than one location, since it's localized to a nerve. If you infect 2 nerves with different strands, you could have different outbreaks in different places. You'd never get a cold sore though. It's interesting stuff.

juanag 22 Sep 2016

So, you can have an outbreak having never been exposed to herpes?

QuailLady 4 Aug 2016

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're looking for an OTC treatment or quasi preventative, L-Lysine supplement is the same type of treatment as Acyclovir. If you use it daily as maintenance, it can make outbreaks a little less painful or minimize the duration of the outbreak. It can also be used on episodal herpes. And if you have HSV I, it may make outbreaks virtually painless and brief. free discount card

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