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If you have access to raw fresh honey, I recommend giving it a try and dabbing that on your cold sore. I have been getting them since I was a kid (cold/flu, sun, lack of sleep, stress.. all sorts of things trigger them) and only about 2 years ago tried honey and it blew my mind. It was out of desperation that I tried in the first place – I was at work and felt the telltale tingling coming on and did not have my abreva with me, but had tea and honey stashed in my desk.
Everyone is different so its not a guarantee, and the honey should be unprocessed and pure which is not always easy to get.. but for me, it worked as well as abreva has.