Review of Orajel Single Dose Cold Sore Treatment

Posted May 14, 2014 by in Cream & Liquid




Total Score

4.5/ 5


Brand: Orajel


Works well, huge amount of positive reviews from consumers, relatively inexpensive


Some users prefer similar but cheaper products

Orajel is one of the most popular over the counter cold sore remedies and has received over 500 positive customer reviews on Amazon.

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Orajel Single Dose Cold Sore Treatment

Orajel is one of the most popular over the counter cold sore remedies. Costing under $15, and with over 500 positive customer reviews on Amazon (that’s right, over 500!), the reviews section on this website would not be complete without including Orajel.

Providing serious relief for cold sores, Orajel is a gel treatment that is applied using a “touch-free” applicator. We’re a big fan of in-built touch free applicators. Just like the very popular Johnson’s Compeed Patches, these applicators minimize the risk if spreading the cold sore virus to other areas of your face.

Orajel’s advantage over other similar products is that it only requires a single dose (hence the name). There are two vials of the gel in the package, allowing for two applications.

Abreva is the market leader in cold sore treatments, and many users naturally compare Orajel to Abreva. The good news is that a huge number of people report than Orajel works just as well for them, or even better than Abreva.


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How does it work?

OrajelAs always, catching a cold sore early is the key to effectively treating it. So as soon as you feel a tingle, itch or burn, reach for the Orajel.

Apply all of the gel in the single dose vial to the affected area. Some users like to rub it fairly aggressively on the cold sore. The important thing is to rub the vial against the affected area of your skin until you use the entire amount of gel in the vial. The application relies on getting the active ingredient in Orajel deep into your skin to work, so you have to aggressively apply it by rubbing it in from all angles around the sore. You don’t have to push down hard but it’s good to use a circular motion both directions, letting it dry out a bit, and repeat the process until all of the medicine is gone from the applicator.

It works extremely quickly – immediately reducing swelling and pain. Orajel speeds up the healing process and also prevents cold sores from growing larger and becoming more painful.

Even if you don’t manage to act quick and apply Orajel during the early stages of a cold sore, it will still aid in speeding up the healing time, helping to stop the oozing and dry your cold sore more quickly.


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How does it compare to Bactine?

Orajel2Reviewing any cold sore treatment inevitably involves comparisons to other cold sore treatment products. Many products have different ingredients, and they work differently for different people. Some people claim that Abreva is the best product for them, others swear by Zilactin or Viroxyn.

But some of these products have the same active ingredients as other cheaper alternatives – so do you really need to buy the more expensive branded version?

In this case, the active ingredient in Orajel is Benzocaine. This also happens to be the exact same active ingredient in Bactine. The catch? Bactine is a much cheaper “cure-all” general disinfectant. So do you really need to pay more for a smaller dose of Orajel?

Some customers say there is no difference in how Orajel and Bactine works, and feel that they are being “ripped off”. Other users much prefer Orajel to Bactine in treating their cold sores.

What’s our opinion? Well, as we’ve said in other reviews on this website, everyone suffers from cold sores in different ways. The only true way to work out what is best for you is to try both products for yourself.

Orajel is not particularly expensive – heck, it costs less that $15 for two vials. So while it is more expensive than Bactine, you’re not going to be wasting huge sums of money by trying both products for yourself.

Our opinion is that people can get a bit caught up in the price of products sometimes. The price difference between Orajel and Bactine is only a few dollars. We would rather assess these products on their effectiveness in treating cold sores than on the basis of a few dollars.


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