So funny you should start this thread. I haven't had one in YEARS, and just got one on Saturday. I went to the pharmacy today and almost died (Abreeva is close to $20.00 a tube here!!!!!) so the pharmacist recommended some Neosporin ointment or triple antibiotic. It doesn't dry it up but will kill the infection!
Same here. The Abreeva I purchased cost me around $19 and it is pretty small. I helps dry and kill it in at most a day.
I used to get them frequently but they've really slowed down. I don't know if it's an age thing but I'm happy they don't come as often.
I've never found anything that worked except just letting it run it's course. I used to dab rubbing alcohol on it all the time while it was active and it seemed to dry it out faster.
My son used to get them from holding nails in his mouth while he worked. Still haven't figured that one out but he hasn't had one since he quit working that job.
I used to get them once a year ever since I was like 5. Ever since I started working, due to stress, lack of sleep and possibly not washing my hands enough since we have disgusting customers at our job and they leave the carts disgusting and filthy.
You have to let it run it's course. But the Carmex is excellent stuff, and will help dry it out much, much quicker.
That probably is the best way. I do apply the Carmex and Abreeva from time to time. Usually every 30 minutes or every hour.