I've used this product several times before and got a headache each time but I thought it was just a symptom of a cold developing. It creates painful tingling in my nostrils and throat which I thought must be something to do with inflammation and the product coming into contact with it. I used the spray yesterday and developed a headache and nausea which I still have today. I have had to stay off work (without pay). I've since been inhaling steam and I have taken paracetamol but the pain is still in my temples and face. No sign of a cold. I'm not going to use it again. I thought it was strange to develop this headache each time I used the spray - that's why I searched the Internet and found this web site. Interesting reading. I really don't know if it works or not but I recognise that I have developed a headache every time I've used it.
WHY DID I BUY IT?
This was recommended to me by a friend, who advised me they had used it at the first signs of a cold developing and I went a bought it that very day.
If you are like me, there is nothing more of a nuisance then getting a cold, especially during Spring/Autumn as the seasons change when I seem to be increasingly susceptible to getting the virus. When I first saw the signs of a cold coming on (when you get the tingling feeling either in your nose of the back of your throat) then I give it a go, and needless to say the cold didn't actually develop into anything so I was massively impressed. Just one or two sharp squirt up each nostrils seem to do the trick, though I would recommend doing this at least twice a day for a couple of days, just to ensure that the cold doesn't come back once you stop using it.
The price of the product is around £6-£8 depending on the whereabouts of the purchase, and I paid £7.09 for mine from Boots - and it is widely available from Chemist and major retailers within the UK.
The product itself is a compact 15ml nasal spray, small enough for you to carry on your person if you ever need to use it on the move. 15ml might sound small, but each discharge gives of such a small amount, that I have been using mine on and off for over a year now and still have half of the 15ml fluid remaining in the spray.
The packaging states that the spray targets the viruses directly to stop the cold before it develops further, so it is a pro-active product rather than the many reactive products such as Beechams etc. available on the market today. You can feel the product working at the back of the nose as it is a very strong tasting and smelling spray, so this may not be to everyone's tastes but it is well worth it to avoid catching the full blown virus.
One warning mentioned on the packaging is that you may experience an increased runny nose or temporary stinging at the back of the nose or throat due to the strength of the product. I found this was slightly uncomfortable at first, but passed after an hour or to and the packaging confirms this is totally normal and is clear signs that the product is working.
For me, this product is a sure winner, and provides almost instant relief from the early symptoms of cold, as well as stopping the cold dead in its tracks if you apply the product early enough - five out of five.
There is nothing worse than coming down with a cold, you feel terrible, but yet not bad enough to take time off work. What better way than to try and stop the cold from taking hold in your body and sharing it with the rest of the office.
This is where I was advised to try Vicks First Defence, it is a Micro gel that is in the form of a nasal spray and it helps to fight the cold germs before they take hold.
It needs to be used as soon as you feel a cold coming on, it is a spray with plant extracts that work by trapping the cold germs and allows you to remove them naturally and after a few days the cold should not develop into anything more sinister.
How to use the product it is recommended for adults and children 12 years and over. Before use you need to have 3 sprays into a tissue to clean the nozzle and then without tilting your head, apply 2-3 sprays per nostril 4 times a day and avoid inhaling deeply. When using the gel you may find that you have increased nasal discharge and a strange temporary sensation in your nose. I find that my nose tingles for a few seconds and then it goes back to normal, you have to make sure not to tilt your head or insert the nozzle too far into your nostril as that could cause more discomfort. The gel needs to sit correctly in your nostril to be affective.
It is only a small 15ml spray, but each application only requires a small amount of the gel. It retails at around the £6 mark, I purchased this when it was on offer around the start of the cold and flu season.
I think this product works well for me and I have managed to avoid the dreaded cold for a number of years now, i understand how some people are a little sceptical about this product, but if you do not use it at the first sign of a cold appearing then it will not work as the cold germs would have already taken hold.
If you want to minimise the risk of a cold developing then this product is definitely work a try and the small £6 price tag is well worth it.
I had heard of this product, and always wondered if it would really work ... When I felt that "tingle of doom" at the back of my nose a week before going away on holiday it suddenly came back to me to give it a go. There is a Boots store opposite where I work so I went straight over, and being March they had a prominent display of this type of product.
Well the over-riding first impression was shock - at the cost. It was around £7.50 for a tiny 15ml bottle. Nevertheless, with my holiday looming I was already decided on giving it a try. Plus, as it turns out, with it only spraying a sort of 'mist', the 15ml is actually far more than enough for one series of treatment for one cold. It looked pretty snazzy on the shelf in a high-gloss blue box - the familiar Vicks logo drawing me in, saying "milmol, I'll save you, you can trust me!...". As is often the case in Boots it was marketed alongside their own brand version, and normally I'm one for not paying extra for a "brand". However on this occasion, with the stakes and the price so high, I didn't want there to be any doubt along the lines of "well the Boots one didn't work, I wonder if the Vicks one would have..."
This flash of inspiration to check Vicks First Defence out came around lunchtime, and I had been wondering "is this a cold coming...?" since getting ready for bed the night before - so about 14-18 hours. Obviously the clue is in the name here, and it does reiterate on the packaging - to give the product the best chance, you need to use the product as soon as you feel the first signs, and ideally within 12 hours ... I was outside this window but it did say up to 36 hours it should also work. I decided to make the investment.
Using the spray
When you open the packet you take out the bottle which is tiny and it has a white cap with a nozzle which is about an inch long. Its shiny plastic, rounded, about half a centimetre diameter. Either side of the nozzle, the plastic sort of flares out to enable you to pop your fingers around it to operate the pump action by pulling downwards. I needed to re-read the instructions a few times to be sure of the operation because it sounded like it may well be pretty uncomfortable - so I wanted to get it right first time. You need to pump the spray up each nostril 3-4 times, but the information tells you not to sniff - just to breathe normally.
Pumping the spray in itself was a little bit tricky, being so small and obviously being stressed about getting it right, but once I'd done it once, the following pumps were easy. The "not sniffing" bit was less easy for me - all my instincts were willing me to sniff, and the liquid started to run down my nostrils (yuck, sorry!) But I grabbed a tissue to stop me losing it all and held my head slightly back. It also says not to blow your nose immediately afterwards, I guess that's obvious, but again, that was really difficult to resist for me. The immediate aftermath of the treatment wasn't at all pleasant. There was a sharp - well, I wouldn't say pain, but a sharp feeling of discomfort, and my eyes were running - although I think that was mainly through shock! I didn't suffer any of the horrible side effects I have seen mentioned elsewhere on the web. The treatment was to be repeated approximately every 4 hours.
Well the cold was certainly not stopped in its tracks. I kept up the treatment for 3 days, by which time I have to say - there's no two ways about it, I DID have a cold. How to assess the effects though is pretty much impossible ... The cold consisted of only 2 really bad days - which is by no means a heavy cold - shorter than what I would normally get and I *could* put down to the First defence - but then it lingered for over a week (the length of my holiday!) - so overall, the length of the cold was pretty much what I would have expected.
I guess it's the trouble with all medicines - and particularly those geared to treat the wide varied range and severities of cold virus out there - how can you ever know how bad you would have been without it??? In that respect, i think that Vicks First Defence is a bit of a gamble. You pays your money, you takes your chance, as they say. If your cold doesn't develop then it looks like a miracle cure, but if you still get a cold (even a relatively mild one like mine) you are left with that nagging doubt that you wasted your money. Having read all the information in the leaflet, I do believe in what it says, in that it is a different approach to other medicines in 'capturing' and attacking the virus before it develops. For that reason, and particularly now that I have it in my cupboard I will definitely be happy to put up with the unpleasant, uncomfortable operation in order to give it another go.
I wish there was half stars to rate ... 3 seems too harsh, as I do *think* I got some benefit but 4 makes it sound like I am convinced, which I'm definitely not! In the end, I'll go for 4 because I think it's a good product by a respected brand and I do believe many of the reviews where people report such positive things about it. Maybe next time I'll be a bit quicker off the mark and give it more of a chance.
I used this product again recently when I felt the first signs of another cold again a couple of days before my recent holiday - I couldn't believe my bad luck AGAIN! I took it with me and kept the treatment up whilst away. On one day it actually seemed like the cold had gone, but the next day I could feel the stinging at the back of my nose/throat - it was coming back... Then this cycle kept repeating - I'd use it a couple of days, think it had worked, stop, then it would start to sting again....
In the end, I stopped using the product because it just seemed like I was dragging it out. Sure enough I eventually came out in a stinker of a cold, which is still hanging around two weeks on.
You could look at that experience two ways - it kept the cold at bay, so in fact it did me a favour by meaning I had my holiday cold-free, but on the other hand this is two colds which have hung and hung around. This second cold turned out to be one of the worst I've had in a while, so I'm down-grading by two stars - I can now categorically be sure that this does not work for me and as such, I'd never recommend. If you are desperate to avoid a cold which you feel approaching days before an event or a holiday you might give it a whirl, but for me I'll just let the germs do their thing from now on.
My immune system is not the best. If someone in the room has a cold, I can be sure I will get it, too.
So imagine my joy when I woke up one day and my boyfriend said he felt as if he was getting a cold.
Sure enough, a few hours later, I felt that every so sly tiredness creeping up on me and I felt weak etc
I was so happy when I remembered that I had bought this spray!! I used it right away and I kid you not-- about 3-4 sprays into each nostril and about 20 minutes later, I could feel me brighten up again!! Suddenly, I didn't feel weak anymore! Nor tired! I am not sure if this was a placebo effect because it helped so quickly. But you can be sure that I will use this again next time I feel I am getting sick!
Amazing!! I never got sick, only better.
I've used this before when I had already developed full symptoms, and it is true, it helps with that too and as the other person before me said, it clears your nose almost instantly- that is true. But it IS first defense and won't help the same way when you are already sick.
Also true is that it is pretty unpleasant- it'll sort of dry your throat out and sit there for a while, with a very slight but really annoying burning sensation. Not painful at all, just unpleasant- but hey, I'll take that feeling any day if it stops me from developing a cold. And it really, really did. I googled the spray just so I could write a review about it and share this with you :)
My colds generally all follow the same pattern - the first day I feel the symptoms coming on - I will sneeze a little more than usual and might have a tickle in my throat. The second day my nose is blocked and I am constantly sneezing and the sore throat has gotten worse, along with a headache developing. The sore throat is usually the first thing to resolve by about day 3-4 and I will continue to have alternating runny/blocked/sneezey nose for up to a week.
A month or two ago I was in the medicine aisle at Tesco and came across this Vick's first defence nasal spray. Whilst I didn't have a cold at the time I decided to buy this and keep it in my medicine cupboard for the next time I felt a cold coming on. A couple of weeks ago, a few of my colleagues at work had been sneezing and spluttering, and the next day I felt that dreaded tickle in my throat. A couple of sneezes later and I remembered about the Vick's First Defence that was waiting for me at home.
Vick's First Defence spray is a medicinal nasal spray that is designed to be used as soon as you feel a cold coming on. It is clinically proven to stop a cold from developing, reduce symptom severity and length of duration. It is suitable for adults and children aged 12 and above. This product comes in a shiny blue and green cardboard box. It has a shield logo and the name of the product on the front in fairly large writing. It is quite noticeable on the shelf in the shops. Inside the cardboard box is a little glass bottle containing the product with a spray top.
To use the product adults should apply 2-3 sprays up each nostril up to 4 times a day. It should be used as soon as the symptoms of a cold are first noticed. Use should continue for 2 days after symptoms subside to avoid the symptoms coming back. You simply insert the nozzle into your nostril, aiming it outwards and press the pump firmly. The instructions state that you should avoid inhaling the product deeply.
Admittedly when I first sprayed this up my nose I found it quite unpleasant, as I do with most nasal sprays. The spray caused my nostril to sting a little, although it was not unbearably painful. After spraying I found my nose ran a little and I needed a tissue immediately. I noticed that my nose became unblocked almost instantly and breathing was a lot easier.
After using this product twice the first evening I noticed my cold developing, by the next morning I woke up and was relieved to find that the cold symptoms were gone. I followed the instructions and continued to use the product for 2 days and am happy to report that my cold never really became a "proper" cold.
After finishing the 2 days of applying this after my symptoms had gone, there was still about half of the 15ml bottle left. However for hygiene reasons I don't think it is good to keep nasal sprays for another time as after all they have been up your nose. I therefore threw this in the bin which felt like a bit of a waste, as this is a fairly pricey product that averages around £7.00 for one 15ml bottle.
All in all I would recommend this product as it definitely seemed to live up to it's claims and stopped my cold in it's tracks. I am giving it a 4 star rating, taking one star off as it is a little unpleasant to spray up your nose, and also because it is pricey. Thanks for reading/rating.
I have used first defence nasal spray quite a few times and have found it to be actually very effective in stopping a cold from developing. I was therefore extremely shocked and concerned when after exercising one day, I did one spray up my left nostril and immediately there was this shooting pain that went up the left side of my face, pounding headache on this left side, left earache and my left eye swelled up and started tearing. It took about an hour to calm down. I thought it was because I had just been exercising hard and it shouldn't be used immediately afterwards. Since then I have used the spray with no problems on a few other occasions but this morning the same thing happened, this time I hadn't been exercising. The pain was so immediate and intense I had to take two paracetamols and lie down in agony. I am surprised that there is no comment on this as a side effect on any of the accompanying documents. It is very frustrating as I do find when it works it is very effective but I'm terrified to feel that intense pain again.
I've used it a few times and it doesn't work. In fact, I now suspect it makes things worse. On one experiment with it, I ended up with swine flu; although that probably wasn't because I used this revolting product. This time, I used it exactly as directed and my symptoms have crept up and up slowly over the course of a week, as if it's slowing down the process and making me feel dreadful for longer. Awful. I've asked Proctor & Gamble for some stats from the trials of this, interested to see what they come up with.
I see one reviewer has had an adverse reaction to First Defence. I squirted the liquid into my noise as directed and instantly I developed a pain in my eye, an excruciating headache, and felt nauseous. I took two paracetamol, two ibuprofen, and inhaled through a steam inhaler. I felt sick for about 3 hours afterwards.
I absolutely dread getting a cold and every time someone close by to me sneezes, I panic. Prevention is the way forward and when I saw this advertise, I knew I had to purchase it to try it out. At £7.29 from Boots, it certainly isn't cheap, but a lot cheaper than the amount you'd spend on Lemsip, tissues, vapour rub etc. for your cold.
How does it work? Vicks explains that the product works by trapping the virus so it can't expand and spread to the rest of the body. It gets trapped up in your nose and stays there until it dies.
The packaging of the product is a little glass bottle with a despenser lid. When you push the lid down, the product squirts out. The bottle comes in a box which has all the necessary information contained in a leaftlet such as ingredients, directions for use and allergy information.
Using the product is quite easy really. You insert the dispenser lid thing into your nostril and spray two or three times. Do this every few hours throughout the day. You can use it when you're surrounded by people with a cold, or when you feel the first signs of a cold, like sore throat or tingly nose or whatever. Some people say it hurts them to use this product but it's never hurt me. You're not supposed to place it too far up into your nose. You're nose will feel runny for a few minutes after using this and this is just the product trying to escape so try hold back blowing your nose for a whole until it's had chance to work.
Does the product work? I think so. I usuaully use this when I get a soar throat which is usually my first sign of a cold. If I use regularly for about a week, the cold won't fully develop. However, sometimes I forget to continue using it when my soar throat has gone and then I get a full blown cold. I would definitely recommend. It's worth a try if, like me, you hate colds.
Here's a diary of what happened:
Thursday Night: A tingling sensation at back of throat and generally feeling a bit "weird".
Friday Noon: Sore throat developing, beginning to feel aches.
Saturday Morning: Sore throat fully developed, still feel achy. This is definitely a cold developing.
Saturday Noon: I purchased Vicks First Defence and used it as directed. By this time I still had a sore throat but I was not as yet experiencing any signs of nasal congestion/discharge, so I estimated the infection had yet to take full hold.
Following the directions, I blasted each nasal passage with 3 squirts of this stuff and made sure to apply every 4 hours (although I missed a couple of treatments). Yes, I felt the stinging sensation others described. On some applications, it felt like somebody had smacked me around the back of the head and pepper sprayed my eyes. As my symptoms went, the applications did not sting anymore.
Sunday Noon: Each application makes my nose run for an hour, then I experience no cold symptoms apart from being a bit stiff still.
Monday Morning: I feel fine. I keep applying the spray as directed.
Monday Night: I am asymptomatic. I did not develop a cold.
When I get a cold, my body almost always does the same thing - a sore throat for 3 days then 10 days of snot fuelled misery, possibly leading to sinusitis - so I feel sure that this really did fight off a cold successfully.
First Defence simply did exactly what it stated it would do.
I wish I could shake the hands of the bold scientists who developed this excellent product.
The aim of this First Defence spray by Vicks is to attack the virus of a cold at the very first signs of one coming on. The theory is that the liquid that you squirt into your nose (what an attractive phrase!) will break down any foreign bodies which are going to cause your body to develop the cold virus.
The product is packaged in a fairly small blue cardboard box which is sturdy to hold and protects the spray well. The actual spray is a small tube/bottle that stands upright with a pump spray at the top. The pump spray has a long thin piece at the end (about 1" long) which is designed to be inserted into your nostrils as far up as you can go in order to reach the virus at the back of the nose/throat. You are required to press down on the pump twice in each nostril to release the liquid up it. You can feel it slightly and your nose might run a little bit afterwards. It smells a bit like other cold relief products, a bit like eucalyptus maybe. The spray, in theory, will start to attack any viruses developing in your sinuses.
I actually think this works if you manage to use it quickly enough before the cold takes hold. Unfortunately there's no real way of proving this as you can't be 100% sure you were going to develop the cold when you take it and don't develop one. However, I know a few people who rely on this a lot and I have used it many times as has my partner and it has staved off a cold after we have felt one coming on.
It costs £7.49 from Boots but is also available from other chemists. It seems quite expensive but when you find something that works I do feel it's definitely worth it.
Because I work with children, I am constantly picking up colds and seem to suffer from one straight after another. My mother, who works in the same environment, recommended that I try First Defence by Vicks so I popped to Boots and bought it.
What does it do?
First Defence is a micro-gel nasal spray, The product claims to fight the cold germs before they can have an effect and begin multiplying. It therefore promises to stop a cold from appearing in the first place.
How does it work?
The product works its way deep into the nasal cavities. The droplets catch and trap the germs, allowing the body to remove them before they can cause a cold. The product also contains natural plant extracts to make the droplets even more effective.
When do you use the product?
The product can be used in two ways. You can use it as a preventative measure when you are in an environment with others who have a cold so that you prevent the cold from starting in the first place. You can also use it when you get the first symptoms of a cold, therefore preventing it from becoming any worse.
How do you use the product?
The product is applied by inserting the tube of the bottle up the nose and spraying two or three squirts up each nostril and you need to do this about four times a day. You need to continue to do so for two days after the symptoms subside. You keep your head upright so you don't have to tilt your head back.
Who can use the product?
The product is suitable for adults and children over the age of twelve. Children under twelve should not use the product.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a lovely shiny blue and white box. Inside is a translucent brown glass bottle so you can see how much of the product you have left. The nozzle of the bottle is about two centimetres long and it is protected by a plastic cap. Inside the box there is a leaflet with instructions and further information about the product.
The product is quite expensive and mine cost me around £7. For that money, I received 15ml of the spray. It can be bought from department stores such as Boots and also from large supermarkets. It can also be purchased from a variety of online websites.
Spraying something up your nose is never going to be an enjoyable experience but it isn't an entirely unpleasant one. The nozzle feels comfortable up the nostril but I don't like to push it up to far. The spray has quite a good range on it so it does get shot up quite far and you can feel this to some degree. It has an aroma that is a subtle version of the Vicks Vapour but it isn't as strong as the real thing thankfully. Because the product is a gel, it doesn't drip back out of the nose straight away.
It's hard to say whether a product of this type works. I have used it when members of my family have a cold and I haven't developed one myself after using the spray but that's not to say that I would have caught one anyway. I have also used it when I get a picky throat, which is usually the first symptom of a cold for me, and a cold hasn't got any worse. The product seems to lessen the severity of a cold but I don't how severe it would have got without using the spray. Nevertheless, my colds have become less frequent and less severe since using the spray so take from that what you will.
All in all, this is a handy product to have with you to keep colds at bay and to make sure that symptoms are less severe and that they disappear faster. There is no way of saying what would've had become of a cold had you not used it but it seems to be working on me so I will continue to carry this one around with me in my handbag and I would repurchase it once it's gone.
Being best friends with a nurse, she is forever telling me to wash my hands, wash my hands, wash my hands, and yes, although it is rather annoying the message has sunk in because I do seem to wash my hands quite a lot now and not just after I've been to the bathroom or touched something dirty. Also with two kids I know germs on the hands are a really easy way of spreading diseases so I always wash then before and after a nappy change, before feeding etc. Sometimes however, it is not always possible to wash your hands with soap and water if for example you are out for the day and not near a toilet but need clean hands. This is where this foam comes in very handy.
I have used the antibacterial gels in the past but I have to say I really prefer this foam and would use it over the gel every time. The foam is great because just like it says on the bottle, it provides long lasting protection against other germs. No water required you can use anywhere, anytime, for perfect hand hygiene. This is more than just an antibacterial foam though because as well as just cleaning hands it as protects against colds as well so it really does provide a first defence barrier when you can feel a cold coming on.
The viruses that this foam protects against are E.coli, Staph. aureus, Salmonella species and the "swine flu"(H1N1) virus. It does this by forming a long-lasting, protective barrier on your hands that can entrap and inactivate cold and flu viruses. The foam protection lasts on your hands for about 3 hours which I think is a good amount of time, especially if you are out and about as it gives you time then to properly wash your hands later.
The foam is really easy to use. There is a pump action at the top of the bottle which you use to pump out the foam onto your hands. You get quite a good dollop and then you just rub it into your hands. It dries very quickly and does not make your hands feel wet or sticky which is nice. What I really like about this foam too is that children aged 2 and over can use it so I can now give it to my two year old before she has a snack or lunch if we are out. She finds the foam really fun, much more fun than a bit of gel would be, and enjoys rubbing it on her hands. The foam contains aloe vera so actually it does not dry out your hands but rather makes them feel quite nice and soft actually.
A 50ml bottle costs £4.49 and is a cold defence that I recommend.
I bought this nasal spray from Tesco when it was on offer. The usual price was around six pounds, which I thought was a little expensive myself. I decided to try it as I suffer from a lot of colds this time of year.
Initially when I first used this it made me sneeze a lot and my nose didn't seem to like it. It also made my eyes water as it is very strong. My nose was literally running for around an hour, just dripping and dripping, not a very nice experience! My nose did get used to the formula after a few days but unfortunately this spray didn't prevent me from catching a cold, unlike the wording on the packet which says that it DOES prevent you from catching one. False claims anyone? It also ran down my throat after use, ew!
The spray did also give me a headache and it didn't work as promised. The only good thing about it is that it clears congestion when you DO have a cold, apart from that it's not very good. You can buy the Sudafed nasal spray for around £2 that does exactly the same thing and works BETTER.
I wouldn't buy this again. It doesn't prevent you from catching a cold. If you're going to catch one you're going to catch one!
Not worth the money!
First Defence is a Micro-Gel nasal spray based on plant extracts. It works by trapping cold causing germs and helping your body to remove them