The Cold Sore That Almost Ruined Everything

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I’m excited to share with you a post today that’s all about staying confident even when you’re battling a cold sore.  If you suffer from cold sores like I do, you know it isn’t easy to feel confident when you get one.  With the first sign of a cold sore coming on I reach for Abreva® cream to get rid of it fast. The median healing time is 4.1 days, but you could heal it in as few as 2.5 days  when used at the first sign. Then I follow the following simple tips to help keep my confidence high until Abreva® cream works its healing “magic”!
So, flashback to nine years ago. I was a college student, preparing for finals, preparing for the holidays, and preparing for my wedding. We got married on December 17th, 2005. The months leading up to that date were just crazy. Weddings are stressful events for anyone, but when you’re a college student that stress multiplies.

The weekend before Thanksgiving I started getting sick, and as lousy as it was to feel cruddy I suffered the most from a cold sore. I think it was the stress plus a fever that brought that miserable thing out. Right on the inside of my top lip, that miserable beast reminded me of its existence any time I talked, ate, or breathed.

I was freaked out that it would ruin my wedding. I didn’t want our first kiss as man and wife to be executed in pain.

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The word “execute” is probably not quite right when talking about a kiss, is it? Well, that’s the kind of word that comes to mind when you have to kiss through a cold sore.

Yuck.

There was also a Thanksgiving feast right around the corner. Thanksgiving is probably the absolute worst time of the year to have a cold sore. You can’t glut yourself on stuffing and gravy with an open wound on your mouth.

The good news is the cold sore didn’t ruin my feast or my first married kiss. I knocked that bad boy out with some Abreva® cream. Thank God for Abreva® cream. I found this magical cream tucked away in an aisle at the drugstore. I was so excited to find something for my cold sore that I didn’t even get distracted by the makeup aisle. That’s a big deal, folks.

Anyways, with the holidays right around the corner folks are starting to get sick. I’ve already had my three-week bout with bronchitis, so I’m hoping that was enough of a sacrifice to the flu gods. You might find yourself waking up to a beast on the inside or outside of your mouth. It will threaten to ruin everything from your feast to your Christmas sweater. This is when it would be a good time to grab some Abreva® cream.

You could knock out your cold sore in 2.5 days*. Only  Abreva® cream can do it, when you treat at the first sign**. Try Abreva® cream during your next cold sore!  Click here to learn more about Abreva® cream.

*Median healing time 4.1 days. 25% of users healed in 2.5 days.

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179 thoughts on “The Cold Sore That Almost Ruined Everything

  1. Kirsten

    My daughter and I get them and there is one thing we rely on: Abreva!

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  2. Elizabeth Owens

    I am all about preventive care using multiple techniques! I moisturize and use Abreva at the first sign of a cold sore. Also, makeup is a must, specifically foundation!!

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  3. Tamara

    Keep your skin hydrated with facial moisturizer and your lips protected with lip balm!

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  4. Rosanne

    Dealing with stress through yoga, mediation, juicing helps me avoid them

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  5. D Schmidt

    I focus on the positives, eat a healthy diet, wear some decent make up and a nice outfit.

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  6. Kerry

    I’ve never had a cold sore. But I’d say to stay confident wear a cute pair of earring so people notice them instead of your cold sore!

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  7. Lisa Brown

    I stay confident by taking more vitamin c and zinc to support my immune system.

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  8. Stephanie Larison

    Drink lots of water to stay hydrated, and wear some makeup to feel as if it’s not as noticeable.

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  9. Shannon

    The best way to stay confident is to surround yourself with positive people! In all seasons!

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  10. Lisa Garner

    I stay confident with eating healthy and good concealer.

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  11. kjasus

    i always use abreva at the first sign of a cold sore. it works wonders!

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  12. Gina M

    tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/545702242100465664

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  13. Erica B.

    Realize that people aren’t noticing it as much as you are.

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  14. Cody Anderson

    I use a concealer with a creamey texture rather than a liquid because it covers and stays better.

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  15. Elle

    I’m lucky enough to have not had a cold sore yet but in the winter, I always make sure to keep my lips moisturized so they don’t get chapped.

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  16. Gina M

    I learned that squeezing can make it worse! Aside from that, I stay confident by getting out the Abreva and concealer!

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  17. Jessie C.

    -https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/541810077154287616

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  18. Kate S

    Lots of preventative care, and early recognition of symptoms!

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  19. Melissa M

    I haven’t had cold sore but I do get chapped lips. I use Aquaphore for that.

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  20. Stephanie Phelps

    My tip for staying confident through cold sore season is to get plenty of exercise.

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  21. Melissa Shirley

    Taking vitamin C and keeping my lips hydrated with chap stick, I if course use Abreva if I get a cold sore,

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  22. Janice Cooper

    I use make-up, moisturize daily and drink lots of water daily

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  23. Theresa Smith

    Keep Abreva on hand in case you get a cold sore so that you can start treating it right away. Stay hydrated and it wouldn’t hurt to take come Vitamin C.

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  24. sherri crawford

    i say treat it cover it forget it and be awesome as usual

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  25. Candie L

    I stay confident by making sure I smile and have a positive look on life. Thank you

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  26. Anna E.

    I always take my cold fighting vitamins to keep these away! Vitamin C and my Multi Vites!

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  27. Carolsue

    I try to prevent them by using a lot of SPF lip balm. Then I use Abreva and concealer to stay confident.

    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  28. Debbie B

    if you get a cold sore, don’t stress about it – just use abreva and it will be gone before you know it

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  29. Lisa V.

    I’d would try to conceal the sore as much as possible and medicate.

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  30. Leah Shumack

    We always have Abreva on hand for when these annoying cold sores appear!

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  31. Julie Wood

    To stay confident through Cold Sore season I use Abreva which really works and put on a good concealer!

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  32. Denise S

    I don’t get cold sores, but I would use concealer if I did.

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  33. Cynthia C

    My tip is to keep Abreva on hand just in case you feel a cold sore coming on so you can treat it immediately.

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  34. klynn

    I rarely get cold sores but I stay confident by regularly taking care of my face.

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  35. LAMusing

    I’ve never had one, but I have had medication induced swelling that gave me the neck of a football player – so I threw on a scarf and moved on ???? Life is too short to sweat the small stuff.

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  36. Matt

    Cold sores are such a lose-lose situation! Abreva really does help make the agony much shorter though! Maybe just wear excessive lipstick/lipliner. Clown lips are totally in xo

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  37. angie

    I don’t have cold sores. But my mom does have them. She says LOTS of concealer! LOL

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  38. Tina Reynolds

    I try and avoid touching my face and I use abreva as soon as it starts

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  39. Tiffany Hoyt

    I try to relax and not let it stress me too much. ????

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  40. Kimberley Meier

    A really good liquid concealer will cover it up and boost your confidence.

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  41. Barbara M

    A cold sore tends to make me feel self conscious so I treat it right away with Abreva.

    Heals much faster – thank you.

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  42. Donna Jacoby

    I destress as much as possible. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  43. Mami2jcn

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/539951388868878337

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  44. April V.

    Wear your favorite clothes that are flattering and comfortable until it heals!

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  45. ANGEL JACKLYN

    I’VE LEARNED A LITTLE BIT OF MAKEUP DOES WONDERS FOR CONFIDENCE

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  46. Wendy Rozema

    I stay confident through the holiday season by taking vitamins and eating healthy

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  47. janetfaye

    My tip for staying confident through cold sore season is to eat healthy and try to avoid getting colds.

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  48. Donna Jacoby

    I tweeted–https://mobile.twitter.com/DonnaJacoby2014/status/547952789335195648.

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  49. Anastasia Falling

    I medicate and then just pretend it doesn’t exist. Maintain my confidence by ignoring it since there isn’t anything else I can do about it lol ????

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  50. Leslie

    A crap ton of abreva and a healthy diet! Also, don’t touch your face during the day…. Ever!

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  51. Margaret Smith

    If I get a cold sore, I use Abreva and a concealer.

    Thanks so much.

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  52. Natalie

    My best tips are to wear your favorite lipstick, use concealer, and smile a lot. Don’t let a cold sore change your attitude or personality or confidence. You are worth so much more than your looks.

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  53. Kimberly Hilbert

    If I can get Abreva on it when it just starts to turn a tad red and tingly I can be over it very quickly. So to help with my confidence I take Abreva in my purse. Otherwise, if I wait even 5 hours it’s a 7 day ordeal. I like your post, I’m glad I’m not the only one dealing with this. I don’t see too many other people having or talking about it.

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  54. sarah hirsch

    to stay confident during cold sore season just know they can be treated and if you get one you’ll take care of it

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  55. Michelle Tucker

    If you need to, keep some concealer handy while you are making sure to treat the cold sore with abreva. ???? Oh and keep smiling!

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  56. Kari

    I try to stay well-hydrated, get plenty of sleep, and make sure my lips stay moisturized.

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  57. Erika

    Hopefully never get one! I’ve never had one before and hope it stays that way. I do like to keep my lips moisturized, especially in the winter!

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  58. ELIZABETH P

    I think the key to feeling confident is looking confident so buy a new outfit and use some light makeup and abreeva . truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

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  59. Francine Anchondo

    i just dont worry about it and use abreva at the first sign of a cold sore.

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  60. Madeline

    I use a humidifier at home to help with the dry air, and to keep my skin moist. I also use a concealer if necessary!

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  61. Aurelie Red

    I’ve never had a cold sore, but I would use some concealer to stay confident.

    And to avoid them, I drink water and use moisturizer.

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  62. Jessie C.

    I make time for daily exercise and remind myself to drink a lot of water to prevent core sores, still, when it hits, I d get the treatment asap.

    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  63. Lisa

    Keep Abreva on hand and be very careful to not contaminate any lipstick or concealer I use to hide the sore.

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  64. Kristen

    Thankfully I don’t get them, but I have heard that Abreva really does help them go away faster.

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  65. Ellie Wright

    I try to stay hydrated and that includes my lips. I use lots of Chapstick, and Abreva if I feel the tingle of a cold sore coming on.

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  66. Kathy Pease

    I eat healthy,get plenty of exercise and drink lots of water

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  67. joni

    The fastest healing treatment for cold sores is a simple white paste toothpaste. Cover the cold sore with the toothpaste over night. A dentist told me this trick and it really works.

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  68. Sandy Klocinski

    Use a concealer with a creamy texture, not a liquid. These concealers are usually sold in small jars, tubes, or compacts, and are very concentrated.

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  69. maria cantu

    Stay hydrated and treat cold sores as soon as you notice one coming on.

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  70. Betty C

    Stress brings on my cold sores so as soon as I start to feel the slightest tingling sensation I bring out the Abreva. If I catch it soon enough it sometimes doesn’t even erupt but it’s always a mild eruption compared to the ones I got before I found Abreva.

    As far as confidence goes, I just pretend the cold sore isn’t there. No one else seems to notice it.

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  71. heather

    I stay confident through the winter cold sore season by using abreva.

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  72. OFG

    Smiling! People never notice the flaws when you smile at them. Happiness makes the world go round.

    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  73. Nicole D

    My tips are using a awesome concealer, keeping the area hydrated with a great lip balm, and use Abreva.

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  74. Kathryn C

    I stay confident through cold sore season by knowing that I’m healthy,

    I take vitamins daily and rarely get sick but if I should get a cold sore I know there

    is Abreva to save the day!

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  75. Amanda Sakovitz

    I stay hydrated and use lip balm. I buy otc medicine if needed.

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  76. Sonya Morris

    I have to keep lip balm on when it is cold and/or windy otherwise I am sure to get a cold sore. When I get one, I try not to wear red or pink, those colors seem to make my lip look worse by bringing out the redness! No amount of concealer or lip gloss works to hide it for me. Treating them as quickly as possible is my best bet!

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  77. Crystal F

    I stay confident by treating them as soon as I feel one coming on so that it heals quicker. I use Abreva as soon as I feel the tingle letting me know that one is coming. I also try to get rest because the only time I get them is when I’m feeling run down. Thank you!

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  78. Karin A

    Get outdoors, stay busy with various activities, don’t dwell on a cold sore. Medicate (or/and) conceal it and relax. It won’t last forever!

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  79. Sue Barney

    I have learned the hard way to keep Abreva on hand at all times and at the 1st tingle of a cold sore forming I apply it and boom no more worries its gone before it gets awful! Awesome stuff!

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  80. Buddy Garrett

    I stay confident by staying hydrated and using lots of lip gloss. I keep Abreva on hand to treat any cold dores.

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  81. Kelly D

    My tip is to use any effective treatments and continue to have a healthy diet so you can look and feel your best.

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