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If you are unfortunate enough to suffer from the odd cold sore you know how unpleasant they are and that they always pop up when you least need them. So what's the quickest way of getting rid of them? I used to use the cream only and found that it could take up to two weeks to clear. Then a friend of mine recommended the Compeed cold sore patches to me. They come in a pack of 15 and cost around £5. Not cheap but worth the money.
I generally pop one of those on during the day when I'm out and about, at least then it is covered up and even if you touch the area you don't get any dirt into it or spread it even further. I sometimes have to change it during the day although it is supposed to last for up to 15 hours. I just find that the little round patch gets wrinkly and more obvious as the day goes on and you eat and move your mouth. I then tend to air the cold sore overnight and just put the cream on.
With just the cream is goes crusty as you would know, but with the patch it doesn't, I guess it keeps it moist underneath the patch and cant build up the crust. I find that also stops me from wanting to touch it and pick at it. So theres various advantages to the patches, they look neater, you are keeping the area touch free and clean and theres no nee to keep putting the cream on which I often forget during the day.
Overall I would recommend this product and in combination with the cream for overnight it is a great remedy and often clears my cold sore within a week. The only downside is that if you get cold sores in the crack of your mouth then the patches won't stick particularly well.
I don't generally bother trying to 'hide' my cold sores, but I had a function to go to, and so bought these naively hoping that they would make mine less visible - I was disappointed!
Compeed cold sore patches cost around £5-6 for a sturdy plastic box containing 15 plasters, although it has been a while since I purchased any and a quick search showed me that Boots are currently charging £6.19 for this pack.
The packaging is great, very sturdy and easy to open, and easy to find in your bag! The plasters have the 'normal' backing of shiny paper on them, which is easy to remove.
Actually using these was problematic for me. My first attempt quickly descended into farce, as whilst I was able to remove the backing paper quite easily, I somehow managed to 'fold' the plaster between my finger and my face. I did try to 'reopen' it, but this was just not happening! I do have medical problems though, one of which includes shaky hands, so this may be something others find easier to do than I do!
I finally managed to fix one to my face, but my problems were not over. I have read that others have found these stick really well, but for me it really didn't. I generally get cold sores around my mouth, which I think is fairly typical, but just found that normal things such as speaking would loosen the plaster. It felt as though it was always 'hanging by a thread', and very insecure. It was actually very irritating as it made me hyper aware of my cold sore and quite self conscious.
The first plaster only lasted a few hours, as it actually came away on one side, and started 'flapping', so I removed it. Not one to give up easily, I applied a second. I found the same problems again...it was hard to get the plaster to stick evenly, so it had creases in it which were uncomfortable and made me self conscious. As I went about my day to day life, it became increasingly insecure and irritating, so again I removed it, this time admitting defeat!
I can't comment on whether these actually speed up the healing process, as I just found it far too insecure and annoying to leave it on more than a few hours. I definitely wouldn't recommend them from my experience with them.
I have recently had a couple of cold sores, after having a good few years of freedom from them. Unfortunately I don't get that 'tingle' before one appears, and with the last two I have woken up with the blister starting to form already. So the anti-viral creams like Zovirax don't tend to be as effective as I miss the stage they excel at!
However, with my last cold sore I found the Compeed Cold Sore patches in my local Tesco and thought it was worth giving them a go to help me feeling like a leper for 10 days with Mount Vesuvius on my lip! At nearly £7 a packed these we're far from cheap, but then Zovirax is a good £5 per tube if you look at it that way. Anyway, I parted with my £7 and decided to experiment.
The Compeed Cold Sore Patches come in a white plastic holder which inside holds 15 patches. The white plastic holder opens up like a compact mirror and has a mirror fixed to the inside of the lid. The holder also contains directions of use for the patches.
The patches themselves a small circular clear adhesive patches, around the size of a 5p coin. They are supplied in a sterile plastic sleeve which also shows how to apply them. To apply you, peel off one side plastic coating off, place the patch over the cold sore, then slowly pull the other plastic coating off. Then simply press the patch down lightly.
The patches aim to treat the cold sore like a wound, rather than fighting the virus like cold sore creams, which once blisters have formed is redundant. By covering the cold sore it is also giving continuous treatment for as long as the patch remains. By being covered it reduces soreness, weeping and scabbing as the air cannot get to it, and also reduces the risk of contaminating the cold sores or other people. A Patch is said to last up to 12 hours. I found that they tended to come off if I had eaten a meal, but still lasted a good 6-8 hours. But if I popped one on before I went to bed, the patch would easily last the 12 hours, which is then 12 hours of continuous treatment while you sleep. This is much better than reapplying cream every few hours and leaving the cold sore all night with no treatment. I found that on average the 15 patches lasted me about 6 days, which by then the cold sore was nearly gone.
The patch although clear, forms a slightly milky shade over the sore when applied also meaning it is less obvious. Although the patch is meant to be invisible, this isn't entirely true. Yes it helps hide the cold sore, and isn't obvious from a distance but you can still see the patch. However, in my eyes, a light clear plaster on your lip is 100% preferable to a huge weeping or scabbing cold sore! You can also apply makeup and lipstick over it to help hide the patch which did work for a few hours but soon rubs off.
After using the patches through my first cold sore this year, I did see a vast improvement in my symptoms. The cold sore was pain free and I often forgot I had one as the patches stop soreness as soon as they are applied. It also speeded up the whole process. The blisters broke within a day, pain free, and the scabbing came straight afterwards but was minimal and I didn't end up with a big cracked sore scab as I normally did. In total the compeed patches reduced my normal 10 day horror to just 6! With just a red mark being left for a day or two after that!
I would highly recommend the Compeed patches to anyone who suffers with Cold Sores, they really are great and really help reduce a cold sores lifetime! Ok, so they aren't invisible but a clear plaster on your lip is much better than the sore! They are also expensive but I feel the help they gave me they are worth every penny!
If you get cold sores you know just how self conscious you feel, even when really what's on your face is tiny and nobody has actually noticed yet. I bought these as a last resort as I really wasn't getting anywhere with the topical creams and I was willing to try anything.
They are pretty pricey, around the £4 for 12 the last time I bought them, but it's worth every penny. They are totally transparent and you can get them onto your lip, or other affected area, without too much hassle as the backing is well thought out and very easy to apply. It's quite a thick patch, I'd liken it to a foot blister patch in mini version really, and due to it's colour, it blends in very well with your skim and lip area. From about one metre away you really can't tell it's there. You are able to apply make up over it, but I can't say I've tried.
The only disadvantage to these is that you can't really eat with them on. I found a few awkward moments happening where I'd start eating a sandwich and it would slowly rub the patch off. Not an issue at home, but with friends or at work, it wasn't ideal. I'm also not convinced that the patch helps things heal any quicker. If anything, I think it might be slower to heal (the sore was only completely gone after 2 weeks) as it's kept moist inside the plaster. The thing is that I don't really actually mind this if I'm able to contain the sore, i.e. not creating any more on my lips or passing it to anybody else by accident, and it's more or less invisible.
The stickiness needs improving, but otherwise, these are top of the list for cold sore sufferers.
I bought these a couple of months ago after a terrible bout of cold sores I was experiencing. I am not new to suffering from cold sores as I usually get 1-2 a year, but this time my whole lip seemed to be covered in them and they were very painful.
From previous experience I know I cannot use any of the antiviral creams such as Zovirax as they cause an allergic reaction on my lips, which coupled with the pain of a cold sore is just unbearable. On the recommendation of a friend I picked these up.
I did some research online where there are demonstration videos showing you how to apply the patches and how the patches supposedly speed up healing at each stage of the cold sore.
Ease of use
I found the patches quite difficult to use in the beginning because the sticky sides used to stick together so you couldn't stick it to your lip, which wasted a number of patches in the beginning. However, if you carefully only remove one of the adhesive strips attach it to your lip and then remove the other, this seems to work best.
This is where I felt really let down by the product. These patches are advertised as making cold sores less noticeable so you feel less embarrassed about them, but I found they actually made the cold sore MORE noticeable. Even if I had taken the time to carefully attach the patch to my lip, within a couple of hours the patch would crinkle up, making it incredibly obvious that you had a patch on your lip. It also seemed to make the cold sore underneath it look even redder, drawing more attention to it.
Typically these patches retail between £5.50 and £6.50, which I feel is quite expensive as I'm sure the patches themselves aren't that expensive to make. There are own brand versions of these in the supermarket and I have tried Boots own version, which are exactly the same but much cheaper. I don't think they're worth that amount of money, especially if you have problems applying them and have to waste patches.
All in all, although I think these did improve how fast my cold sore healed by 1-2 days, for how fiddly they are to use and the price I just don't think they're worth the money. For anyone with cold sores, one thing I would recommend which has helped me is the supplement, L-lysine. I take a small amount a day as a preventative measure and more when I have an outbreak and this does seem to help.
I have suffered from the hell that are coldsores for aslong as I can remember. When I get one, they normally spread so one turns into three. Not only are they incredibly painful, they look horrific and I always feel run down and a complete state. I would do anything to never have one again.
I have tried herbal tablets, cream, patches, you name it, i've tried it. I now think I am on to a winning formula. When I get a coldsore, it doesn't spread, and it is gone within 10 days. Before I started this process, I would have a mouth full of coldsores for 2 - 3 weeks as a minimum.
My outbreaks now are limited to one coldsore every few months that last for 10 days, admittedly, the last 3 or 4 days are pain free, and just waiting for my lip to heal.
I tried these patches and they do mask the coldsore so you don't get people staring at your face like you are a beast. They DO NOT however clear coldsores.
This product doesn't have any magical healing properties, it won't stop a coldsore in its tracks, for me they simply stop them spreading.
+++How should I use this product?+++
When I feel my lip tingling, I grab a patch and for the next 48 hours keep it covered with these patches. After the initial 48 hours I keep the coldsore covered with a patch during the day, but each night I remove the patch and apply cream. This helps to dry out the coldsore and I rinse and repeat this process for the next 3 - 4 days.
For those people who suffer from coldsores that spread like wild fire, wear these patches. It will stop the spread, you will still however feel the pain and tingling.
This product is basically a small plaster that you put onto the coldsore. It stays there all day (unless you mess with it) and it looks invisible from a few feet away if applied correctly.
I normally keep a pack of these patches at home, a pack at work and a pack in my car. This way no matter where I am, i'm covered. I purchase them for around £5.50 from Tesco normally. A high price to pay but to shave a whole week off my recovery time, to make me feel more confident and to stop them spreading, they are well worth the money!
A simple product, that for me stops the spread of my coldsores. However I wouldn't recommend using them without cream or similar as I find they don't heal the affected area any quicker than leaving it alone. Using a patch and a cream, speeds up the process massively for myself.
If the product worked like zovirax and killed the sore, this product would get 5 stars, unfortunately because it only hides and stops the spreading of the sore, it only gets 3.
For as long as I can remember I have ad cold sores and I have had some that have taken over my life for an entire month. Not only do they look awful they are so uncomfortable, and so I have been using these for the lag couple of years. Here are my thoughts.
These are little see through plasters that are meant to go on top of the cold sore, not only is this meant to somehow disguise the cold sore it also treats it.
This comes in a small plastic pod and then the plasers are individually wrapped in a mixture of paper and plastic to keep these hygienic. On the inside on top of the plasters there are two strips so these can be placed onto the sore without user needing to touch it.
This packaging is not only nice and huge mic but the plastic case means they can be carried around and this can be used for other things later on.
These are about the size of a large contact lense and they cover the great majority of cold ores (unless I am experiencing a true monster) and when they first go one it starts to throb slightly. This sounds odd but it is kind of in a heeling way.
At first the plaster looks good and does actually disguise the sore but after an hour is so it begins to crumple and makes it look more obvious. In fact I have received comments that the sore can't be seen until his is added.
If the pad has been on all day and is then torn off at the end of the night it can actually pull the scab of the cold sore off too, so this is when something else needs to be used ( I prefer tpc), to dry the cold sore out and start the process of healing again.
It feels almost as if any of the good done had been taken away, but I must admit that cold sore does actually heal quicker. Instead of a ten day minimum it turns into seven days and now I know if I have somewhere to be I can get rid of this in time.
Price and Availabilty
These can be bought at both Boots and Superdrug but they are very expensive for just 15 patches they cost £6.29 and as I an use 15 patches on just one cold sore - ideally they are changed three times a day - this is a lot of money.
Would I reccommend them?
As an addition to another cold sore cure these work quite well. I am prepared to pay the price for anything that help cold sores disappear faster so I will continue to buy them. But due to the high price and the fact that they are not 100% effective I have removed 2 stars.
3 dooyoo stars
I have suffered from cold sores pretty much my entire adult life ever since I was a teenager. It doesn't matter how healthy I try and be or what I use on my lips every winter without fail sometimes for weeks at a time I get them. I quite like these Compeed cold sore patches but unfortunately I can only use them occasionally as usually when I get a cold sore it ends up spreading and I end up with a few of them clustered around my top lip. Occasionally I will only get one in the corner of my mouth or the side of my top lip and this is when I tend to use these to try and contain it and stop it from spreading to other areas of my lips.
For those people who have no experience with Compeed blister patches they are for all intents and purposes a small plaster which is supposed to go over cold sores to hygienically seal them and stop them in their tracks before they have a chance to spread to other parts of your lips. You get 15 in a pack and each one is made of a clear adhesive circle which you peel off and stick to your cold sore. I find that the best time to use these is when I can first feel a cold sore coming on or else really early in the cold sore lifecycle when it is just appearing and hasn't yet blistered and gone hard and scabby.
When I catch a cold sore early enough by using these I can sometimes stop it in its tracks before the infection has a chance to really take hold. Getting it before the blister stage means that sometimes I can stop the cold sore from actually blistering which means that it heals so much quicker and can be gone within a couple of days.
Unfortunately these aren't ideal for all kinds of cold sores. For one when you have a lot of them it just isn't practical to have these stuck all over your mouth and secondly when I have an outbreak it is a lot of the time accompanied by extremely dry lips which are painful and cracking. When my lips are like this then I find that it is easier to just use cream as these give no relief from the dryness. These are definitely best used when there is an isolated cold sore that you want to try and seal in before it gets a chance to spread.
I have heard people mention that these are invisible on lips and disguise the cold sore. I think this is a load of rubbish and if anything when wearing these I think cold sores are even more noticeable. This is because the patches are extremely thin and when you stick them on they tend to sort of shrink and this makes them extremely noticeable and actually to my mind can even look worse than the cold sore so for this reason I don't tend to wear them out of the house unless it is just for popping to the shops etc.
The other thing about these that I dislike is that I think they are terrible for actually staying stuck on. I find that they only stay stuck a few hours at most and start to come loose when doing everyday things such as drinking coffee or having a shower. Because of this I find that I end up going through quite a lot of the patches because I have to keep changing them so regularly. It is just as well you get 15 in a pack because you will probably end up using them all if you have a couple of outbreaks in a month like I can get.
Even though I wouldn't recommend these for people who get a lot of cold sores around their mouths I really do think these are good for isolated ones and if you can get a patch on quickly enough then you will not only hopefully get the cold sore before it blisters but you should also stop it from spreading to other areas of your mouth cutting down on healing time.
These are quite expensive for something that you can't use on large outbreaks but because they are so good on smaller isolated cold sores I do think that they are worth buying and keeping in the cupboard so that you have them on hand in case of one appearing quickly as cold sores are want to do. You can pick them up in Boots, Superdrug or in most chemists and they cost around about £6.50 for a pack of 15 plasters.
Since childhood I've suffered with cold sores and some years can have outbreaks every other month. I've tried all the medical over the counter remedies (such as the creams which actually worsen the problem), vitamins and minerals, herbal remedies and even random home inspired suggestions. None of them have made the slightest bit of difference. That is however until I discovered Compeed Cold Sore Patches.
Firstly it is important to point out that if you are looking for a cure for cold sores this is not the product for you. If however you are looking to dramatically reduce the stresses brought about by cold sores (ie ugly unsightly yellow blisters & crusty scabs, tingling & burning sensations, worrying about touching the cold sore in any way in case you spread the virus all over you mouth, scarring etc) then this is the thing to buy.
The adhesive patches come in a standard box of 15 (this is meant to cover one outbreak but I often have a few patches left over), they are transparent and about 1.5cm in length (for larger coldsores you may need to apply two patches but this doesn't present a problem). Provided you are careful and take you time they are easy to apply over the offending cold sore. Dont rush the process or you will end up screwing up the patch or sticking it to your hand and having to throw it away and start again.
The box is also like a make-up compact and contains a mirror which is handy if you're out and about, but I prefer to apply in front of a proper decent sized mirror to do a proper job.
The transparent patch if applied correctly is almost invisible and it actually seems to blend the cold sore into your skin so it doesn't actually look like you've even got one, also you cannot feel the patch on your skin. As it covers the sore this means that you don't have to panic about touching it and spreading it about your face - apparently you are even supposed to be able to wear lippy over it but I'd rather not, the less product on the mouth the better - let the patch do its job.
Patches can last around 8 hours before they need changing - but this is only if you're not eating - once you eat the patch tends to come loose, move & be noticeable (you can see it, feel it, and the cold sore would be exposed) and therefore would need to be changed more regularly.
More importantly than any of this though is that the patch can half the time you would normally have a cold sore for, from around 14 to 7 days, and stops the dreaded blistering and crusty scabbing and resultant scarring you normally get, also I never notice the tingling sensation anymore once I wear the patch.
The prices in the shops tend to range from around £6 in the supermarkets to up to £8 at pharmacies but for me it is more than worth it for the reduced stress. When I get a cold sore now I still have a whinge and moan about it, but I don't get anywhere near as stressed and upset as I used to do.
I would love to give the product 5* but as it is not a cure I thought I'd better stick to 4*.
I started suffering from coldsores about 7 years ago, I get them in and around my nose. Until recently it was a winter problem, but this year I am still suffering even though it is now June. And I don't just get one or two a year, I get one or two a month! I despise them! I have read numerous articles in a desperate attempt to try combat them but they all say the same thing, 1) work out your trigger and avoid it - well, my trigger seems to be the cold weather, so bar leaving the country for 6 months of the year I 'm stuck with that one! 2) Begin treatment as soon as you feel the tingle - I don't get a tingle! If I'm lucky I may rub/blow my nose and realise it hurts, take a look and notice it's a bit red, if I'm unlucky I wake up with a cold sore that's is well on it's way to the blister stage.
When I first started getting cold sores I used Zovirax cream and ice cubes. If I managed to get the ice cube on quick enough the sore wouldn't even erupt, but if not they would be massivly visable for about a week.....a very long and miserable week! There have even been occasions when I have taken time off work because the thought of leaving the house with a great big oozing blister on the end of my nose has been unbearable - and believe me, I do not take time off work lightly!
However, since Compeed Patches hit the market living with cold sores has been much more bearable! Compeed Patches are clear adhesive circles that you place over the coldsore. Not only do they help heal the coldsore, but they also prevent cross infection and (most wonderfully!) disguise the redness and overall unsightliness of the sore! Whilst I have heard they are pretty useless at staying stuck to areas around the mouth, in my experience they have no problem sticking to noses!! The instructions say to leave the plaster on as long as it stays stuck as the fluid that comes out of the blisters actually help heal the coldsore. Depending on where on my nose and how big the coldsore is, the same plaster can remain stuck for a couple of days, if it is a particularly big coldsore then it needs changing at least once a day.
Using Compeed Patches I find:
1) Most of my coldsores are almost inivisible after 7 days and only extremely obvious for two/three of days depending on the size of the sore.
2) If I get a patch on quick enough I can prevent the coldsore erupting altogether.
3) The patches disguise the coldsore incredibly well. Quite bad ones are almost invisible with a patch on - completely invisible if the lighting is right!! I even braved a night out recently with an ENORMOUS coldsore on the side of my nose. There were mirrors in the pub and I was amazed that even I could barely see the coldsore that I knew was there, so maybe my friends WERE telling the truth when they said they couldn't see it!
4) I do not have to worry about passing my coldsores on. Since having my children this has been a big worry to me. Children are so unpredictable in their movements that ensuring they don't make skin contact with the sore is pretty impossible. These patches keep the sore completely covered so there is no risk to anyone else.
5) The patches are not always completely invisible. I find it depends on whre the patch is and how well it has been applied. There are times (on small coldsores) when I can hardly see the patch myself and I know it's there! Worse case scenario is that the patch is obvious, but in my opinion a Compeed Patch is a far better sight than an oozing cold sore!
Each patch comes in it's own sterile strip (like a plaster). This makes it easy to carry them around with you for emergency eruptions! I always carry a couple in my purse. The set of plasters come in a slim plastic case which flips open and contains a mirror in the lid for applying patches on the go.
Compeed patches cost around £6 or £7 for 15. As I often have to cut them in half to make them fit the awkward places on my nose where the coldsores erupt a packet can last me quite a while and in my opinion is well worth the money.
Whilst I still despise my coldsores using these patches have made living with them much more bearable. Yes, I still get extremely down when I have one. I still get ice on it as quickly as possible as often this stops the eruption altogether. Recently they have been so frequent that I am on a preventative dose of Aciclovir from the Doctor and I even spent £30 on Boot's Electronic Coldsore Treatment (which I will review once I have worked out if it helps!!). But, these patches are a life saver if I don't manage to stop the eruption! I would hate to be without them.
Unfortunately, I happen to be one of the 8 out of 10 people who, on occasion suffer from cold sores. The last time I suffered with one, I was on the look out for something good, that would work fast on eliminating the wretched thing from my face. I've always used Zovirax in the past, but on the odd occasion I have tried other things, nothing has ever been any good.
The cream/ointment or whatever you choose to use, to rid yourself of the dreaded cold sores, has to be made up of something strong enough to cope with eliminating the horrible mess that decides to plant itself on your face.
--What exactly is a cold sore?--
I was intrigued, so I did a bit of research.
Well, cold sores are blisters that form, on and around the lips, they are very annoying and can sometimes be painful, apparently 8 out of 10 people carry the cold sore virus and there is no cure for it.
There are four stages of a cold sore, which are as follows:
The first stage: Usually a tingle or an itching, this then becomes red, swollen and sore.
The second stage: This is when the blister forms, usually lasting a couple of days spreading into more little blisters.
The third stage: The weeping stage, this is when the cold sore is most contagious, It should only last around a day. It's the stage where the blister weeps out it's horrible infection, leaving a red sore that turns a greyish color.
The forth stage: Is when the cold sore scabs over, but this, more often than not cracks open and bleeds, making it extremely sore. Another scab forms over this that, then usually flakes off. Then the cold sore will disappear leaving no trace of where it has been.
Cold sores are highly contagious at all stages and it is advised, should you be unfortunate enough to have the virus, that you should indeed use your own towel/flannel e.t.c. as this virus can be passed on very easily, even through sharing cups, cutlery e.t.c.
The cold sore virus sleeps in the nerve cells, which is known as being dormant, but when it wakes up, it travels through the nerve to the skin's surface. Also whilst researching, I found out that a third of people who usually get cold sores, will get them in the same place each time, and most cold sores will last anything between 7 and 12 days.
Cold sores can be caused by stress, so if you are a cold sore sufferer and your stressed, be alert for the tingling in your lips, try to get to the cold sore before it gets to you, by using one of any number of creams and ointments available to you.
You should never squeeze or pick at cold sores, this will only cause the infection to spread, don't pick at the scab, let it come off by itself.
I left the bit about cold sores being part of the "Herpes Virus" family, out, as I didn't want to go there!
"Compeed Cold Sore Patches"
Compeed Cold sore Patches, are what I decided to try on the last cold sore, that dared to plant itself on my face.
The packaging is a little white plastic box, with a sticker on the front stating the product name "Compeed Total Care Invisible". Inside the box, which opens up like a make up compact does, there is a mirror on one side and 15 individually wrapped cold sore patches, in the other side, along with a full instruction leaflet, this explains how to use the patch, how to apply the patch and how to remove the patch.
The patch itself is wrapped the same way a plaster is.
The patches are transparent hence the name "Invisible", they claim that these patches provide seven benefits, during their treatment.
1, Heals fast
2, Instantly hides cold sores
3, Reduces tingling, itching and burning
4, Reduces redness and swelling
5, Relieves pain
6, Reduces the blistering and helps prevent scabbing and crusting
7, Reduces risk of contamination from the wound
"Clinically Proven to treat fast and invisibly"
To apply the patch peel off one side of the backing paper, so one side of the patch is exposed, then you stick this part of the patch over the cold sore, taking care not to touch the sticky side, then once that is firmly in place pull the other side of the backing off, smoothing the patch down over the lip as you do so.
The patch can stay on for 8 hours or longer if it doesn't start to peel off.
You can eat and drink as normal and can apply make up over the top of the patch also.
To remove the patch, start by peeling off the edge on the lip, stretching it along rather than pulling it away from the skin, until the patch is completely removed. Then immediately apply another.
Continue to do this until the cold sore clears.
Continue to wear the patches even through the night.
I purchased the patches from Superdrug and they cost me £6.12
--My experience using the patches--
I was quite impressed with the packaging, although I did struggle trying to work out how to open it. The box does indeed open like a make up compact, with a little mirror on one side of the interior, this was covered with a protective strip, which I peeled off to reveal quite a decent little mirror. Inside the box were 15 individually wrapped cold sore patches, looking just like little plasters. I read the instruction leaflet, as I had never used these before, I wanted to make sure I did it right.
On reading the additional information, I did think it quite funny as it states "You can eat and drink, whilst wearing the patch", (good job really, as you are to wear one continuously for about 7 days, one could possibly become very ill in that length of time without food and drink). I managed to apply the patch quite easily. My cold sore was at the small blister stage when I first applied the patch. When I had the patch on, it was noticeable to me, but no one else seemed to be able to see it.
I must admit, it did stop the itching I was experiencing, it did seem to hide the fact there was a cold sore there at all. I felt no stinging like I usually do, It did feel better, knowing it was covered and no infection could get in or out. It felt clean and a lot more hygienic than the creams and ointments I've used in the past.
I used the patches for seven days in all and as I changed each one, I did notice the cold sore more or less disappearing in front of my eyes. Whilst using the patches I could still apply my make up, even lipstick which, to my surprise stayed on, even over the patch.
I was happy using the patches and so, when the next cold sore decides to attack my face I shall be armed and ready with my Compeed patches.
I give the patches 4 stars because they do work, but not as quickly as I would have liked.
Thank you for reading my review which may also appear on Ciao
I first became aware of Compeed coldsore patches by accident. Whilst in the aisle looking for Compeed's heel blister plasters I saw these other ones, first noticing the picture of some lips... "How odd" I thought - then it dawned on me - that these were for blisters of a different kind!
For those of you not familiar with cold sores (firstly, lucky you! - and secondly, why would you be reading this!? - it's not a particularly desirable thing y'know!) ...anyway where was I? Oh yes, cold sores... they are essentially little blisters, often a group of lots of little blisters, that form (mostly) around the mouth. They torment their owners by throbbing away and eventually scabbing up nicely in one of the most difficult-to-disguise, easy-to-split areas of your body - smack bang in the middle of your face, where everyone looks while you're talking, and where (if they were thinking about it, they won't be now) you're likely to get kisses. How appealing, right?! Puckering up to a nice scab. hmmmm.
So, in capsulated form, coldsores = complete evil!
I digress, back to Compeed Coldsore Patches: Being a sufferer of coldsores I suddenly found myself buying these "just in case" for my next outbreak. (A little expensive as it was somewhere in the region of £7/£8 but oooh it would be worth it!) I thought that if they were anything like the heel/foot blister plaster miracles then this would be just marvellous and I would no longer have to spend half an hour in the mornings every morning for a week or more carefully applying vast quantites of make-up to my cracked and scabbing lip in an attempt to hide the darned things! And then having to apply equally vast quantities of make-up to the rest of the face to balance it out!!
I nosed about in the plastic storage box I had purchased and noted a little mirror stuck in the lid (handy as the whole thing could fit in my handbag and I could now apply them on the go!) Each little patch was a small disc, individually packaged in a similar was to ususal plasters, to keep them sterile; each has an outer packing, back and front, and then two parts which you peel away from the actual patch. The idea is that you don't touch the patch and contaminate it. You use the latter of the two little peel-away bits to position the patch on your lip; when the exposed half is stuck to your lip, you peel away the other part and allow the other half to stick. I'm probably making this sound pretty complicated but as well as the instructions leaflet, there are picture instructions on each patch's packing which show you it is ridiculously simple to apply.
Needless to say, I eventually had an outbreak, and thought "AH HA, but I have something for YOU Mr. Coldsore! Deal with THIS!" and on I popped the little patch. The first time I used the oatches happened to be an evening, so I applied it and went to bed on the basis that a nice clean, make-up free surface would give it the ultimate fighting chance.
Straight away I noticed that the patch was not in fact invisible - but it was pretty good. If you were sat across the room from someone they wouldn't notice anything different. You could see the change in colour between the line of my lip and my skin. The main reason it wasn't "invisible" was that it was slightly shiny, not matte - more shiny than my skin at least. It says you can wear make-up over it but I found that made it more obvious. It was much better to just allow your own skin/lip colour to show through.
In the morning I noticed that, much like the heel blister plasters, the patch had effectively kept the area sterile and starved of air. It had remained in place all night - bonus! By slightly licking the edge closest to the inside of my mouth I managed to loosen the patch sufficiently to carefully peel it away - this is the key - do not under any circumstances just rip it off - you will do yourself no favours!
I tried using the patches during the day, but found that I was almost as conscious of it's appearance as an actual coldsore - although I was reassured that it would be less digusting than a scabby infecting coldsore in the minds of others (you couldn't even tell there was a coldsore under the little patch), I was just as aware that people were looking at what the shiny thing on my lip was! ARGH!
OK, so we'll resort to Plan B, I told myself. Stick to my tried and tested formula of excellent make-up efforts during the day, aided by the calming healing protective patch session over night.
BINGO! Each morning I would wake up and find that the patch had worked a bit of magic - it didn't let the blisters dry up and scab and crack, but instead went a bit gooey. It was still in place each morning but had become slightly more opaque. It reminded me once again of the heel blister plasters, which would essentially draw any moisture away from the blister and absorb it into a sort of gel.
WARNING: people with sensitive stomachs, skip this paragraph!
I can tell you that I was like a fascinated child the first time I had a particularly gooey patch in the morning - and squished the patch to see what exactly was up with it - only to find goo splurged out the side of the patch. GROSS!! It was although all the nasty ick had been drawn out and into the patch. I do not recommend letting your inquisitive side run riot though - just take off the patch and bin it - making sure to wash your hands before touching anything else!!
I found that my new regime of night time patches and day time make up (made much easier by the lack of scabbing due to the patches) worked wonders. I didn't use any other treatments like Blistex or Zovirax, just my self-created regime, and I found that the coldsore cycle only lasted about 3-4 days. Hurrah! A minor miracle in the war against evil coldsores - not quite defeated, but definitely scared off a bit quick! YAY!
4 Stars rather than 5 as they didn't actually achieve invisibility! Tsk!!
I have suffered from cold sores for a long long time, I have tried all sorts of treatments but found the best treatment is to prevent them, how do you prevent cold sores I hear you say! Well I guess you can't always prevent them, but I have found certain things which trigger my cold sores, and the biggest thing is lack of sleep , being dehydrated and when I am suffering from alot of stress.
Every so often I can't manage to keep on top of these things and a nasty cold sore rears its ugly head, and lets all be honest they really are a horrid site!
So I felt the tingling, and thought right off to Boots we go, and I was about to pick up my usual cold sore cream and sore these (see what I did there ;-) and though why not give them a try.
Using them felt a bit strange at first and wasn't sure how it would work, but the application and instructions were very simple and the information about how it works was also very good, it give a realistic view of how long it would take for a cold sore to pass.
The main thing I loved about these patches was that it stopped the cold sore from spreading, one of the most worrying things for cold sores are that they can spread, it is so important to keep the area isolated so that it doesn't. These patches do a great job of keeping the cold sore isolated and dry.
The patches are suppose to be waterproof and invisible, they are invisible if you manage to apply them properly without any creases, but they aren't really totally waterproof, you end up with a small edge lifting up which can look pretty weird, and they can be tricky to remove.
Compared to the cream this has worked about 3 days faster, and the main thing for me is it kept the cold sore isolated and stopped it from spreading.
I would recommend this, but as with alot of these treatments it really depends on how your body reacts to it. Worth a try though.
Compeed cold sore patches are a relatively new product which have bounced onto the market with a huge advertising campaign. The adverts were a bit silly, and made me a bit wary of trying this product, but when you get a cold sore you are desperate and will try anything. Unfortunately I am one of those people who are plagued with coldsores, and once you get them there is not much you can do about them. I woke up with two unsightly ones before a wedding at the beginning of the summer and headed to Boots to buy some of these patches.
In a pack you get 15 patches and in Boots it cost approx £7. It seemed expensive, but when you suffer you will pay anything. I have since bought loads of packs from Boots, before being told you can pick these up at the pound shop much much cheaper!!
These coldsore patches come in a plastic snap shut reuseable container. The conatiner is very handy and can be carried around in your handbag for emergencies and touch up moments. It even has a small mirror inside, although that is a bit rubbish and it is impossible to see anything!
The patches are attached to sheets of plastic and it takes some careful fingers to peel the patch off without stratching or mis-shaping it. Practise is the key but when you pay a high price for these you do not want to waste any.
They are small round clear 'plasters'whereby the idea is you stick them over your coldsore to make them less visable to the outside world. You are meant to then put make up on over the top, but I have never successfully managed this.
The first second oyu put a patch on it looks great, but it only really looks this way for a short space of time and needs to be constantly monitered. As soon as moisture touches it or it gets scuffed up in any way it look so obvious and needs to be replaced!
In conclusion: Great for initial wear for desperate situations, unfortunately can be expensive, and need a lot of fiddly care!
I felt a cold sore coming on the other day. I hadn't had one for over a year but instantly recognized that tingling sensation.
I bought some cold sore cream but as I have to talk a lot in my job I kept having to reapply every half hour or so. Plus, everyone pulled me aside to inform me that I had something white on my lip.
I thought that's it, I'm gonna give those patches a try. I bought Compeed Cold Sore Patches; they actually were they only patches around.
I found the application of the patches really easy. Wouldn't have even needed the instruction leaflet, but I did look at it anyway and must say they look idiot-proof to me. The pack of 15 patches comes with a mirror inside it so you can apply the patches even when you're on the go and no mirror's around.
According to the instructions a patch will last up to 8 hours, and as the average cold sore cycle last 5 days, Compeed found that 15 patches would be enough.
I made sure my lip was dry and applied the first patch right before I went to bed. I woke up in the morning with the patch still attached to my lip. You could also hardly see it. Unlike some of my fellow reviewers I find that the patch was hardly noticeable, though I admit, didn't try to apply make-up over it.
Changing the patch is the tricky bit - you're of danger of injuring yourself if you pull it off like a bandage. But it's not easy to slide it off along the skin as per directions. I ended up wetting the patch with a make-up pad I'd held under hot water and the patch came off easy enough.
I replaced the patch with another one ready for the day.
I was very disappointed to find the patch loosening after just an hour when I had my first drink (and I was careful not to get the coffee on the patch). I also find that the saliva wasn't helping keep the patch on. I was in a meeting with work and felt the patch coming loose as I was talking - how embarrassing! I quickly took off the patch.
For the rest of the cold sore cycle I used good old fashioned cold sore cream/gel during the day. At night-time though I put on the patch. Compared to cream, the patch was providing longer treatment over night than cream that I'd rub off in my sleep and that ideally should be reapplied very 4 hours anyway.
The combination therapy did the trick- I didn't develop a full-blown cold sore and the tingling sensation and itchiness was kept to a minimum. Especially in the mornings I found the area around the cold sore remarkably soothed.
I would definitely recommend the patch as I believe the overnight use has kept the cold sore at bay. If only the patch would stay on when coming into contact with fluids (inc. saliva)!!
Compeed Cold Sore Patch is a breakthrough invisible patch to treat cold sores / Applied with a patent-pending no-touch design, butterfly applicator, the Compeed Cold Sore Patch reduces risk of cross contamination associated with touching the sore / Once applied, the patch covers and seals the cold sore, and provides healing benefits at each stage of the cold sore outbreak: Soothes burning and itching Promotes faster healing Discreet Helps prevent contamination and secondary infection.