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I am one of the unfortunate people who suffer from cold sores and have since I was a small girl. Not only are they painful but they are extremely unsightly. Luckily these days there are things which can help with a cold sore.
Anyone who has suffered with cold sores all their life will know that with 95% of cold sores that you get you can actually feel them coming on even before you can see anything. Most people refer to this as the tingle.
Now if you are lucky enough to feel the tingle and get some Zovirax on it straight away then you can actually stop it from forming. You have to be so quick with applying it though and usually I am not lucky enough to have any on me or be near somewhere that sells it when I feel the tingle.
Even if you don’t manage to get it on quick enough to stop the cold sore from forming then you can still help to minimise it and hopefully stop it from being a big one by getting it on as quick as possible.
Zovirax is great at this but it is only any good if you get it on quick enough. It doesn’t do much for me when a cold sore has already formed. Apparently it can cut down the amount of time that your cold sore is there but I honestly don’t think it does anything to help cut the time down. Once it is formed then I switch to something else as I don’t find Zovirax to be at all soothing on a cold sore and I personally don’t think that it helps get rid of it once it is formed.
It is brilliant though at stopping one dead in its tracks so long as you are quick with applying it so I like to always try and have some in my house so I am as prepared as I can be. It is quite expensive as it costs nearly £6 for a tiny little tube but it is effective in the first few hours when a cold sore is forming before it actually blisters and if you get some on then it will actually help.
I often get coldsores from ever since I can remember. I mostly get them when I have a cold, or am about to start my period, or any time I feel not 100% in my health.
Coldsores are causes by the herpes virus (!). They break out in a blister and are infectious. You can usually feel them start on your lip with a tingling or itching feeling. That's when you apply a treatment like Zovirax.
Zovirax is an anti-viral cream. It doesn't cure the coldsore, as it is in the DNA, but it stops it breaking out. The active ingredient is aciclovir.
To use simply put it where the coldsore usually comes from, where there is a tingling feeling. The leaflet suggests to do this 5 times a day at 4 hour intervals for 4 days. Personally I only do it once or twice as I don't keep the coldsore cream around in my bag and I think reapplying it would be a hassle. It usually works even if I use it minimally.
It is a white cream in a 2g tube. It is very expensive at £4 from Boots for a tiny 2 inch long tube, but it works.
I've never had any side effects from it.
Pretty much the only thing that helps stop my coldsores.
Every year without fail I will fall victim to the cold sore. Unfortunately for me, mine don't just appear as a small blister on my lip. Mine tend to be about the size of a 50 pence piece at least, spread easily and are incredibly itchy. Not attractive and not comfortable at all.
For me Zovirax has become an absolute essential in my house. Although quite an expensive cold sore cream (close to £5.00 for a small 2g tube in Boots) it works a treat. Zovirax for me helps the healing process and takes away the annoying itching feeling.
I apply the product quite liberally when I can, but this will result in the affected area standing out more with the white cream keeping its colour. So I will only do this when I'm at home. You apply this every four hours, I know its tempting to do it more and I'm not sure if there are side effects if you do (I've never experienced any) but I don't think it will make the horrible thing disappear any quicker.
Mine will always take at least 4 days to heal but without using this cream I would expect the healing process to take weeks. It may seem expensive for the tiny tube, but it definitely works for me.
Two slight disadvantages to this tube. As I have mentioned it is so tiny so you can lose it very easily!!! Secondly the tube only needs a very gentle squeeze, otherwise you will lose half the tube. Try not to squash it at the bottom of your bag or medicine box, it will all come pouring out the next time you use it.
Once you are a sufferer of herpes simplex virus (or HSV) you will always get cold sores and unfortunately I am one of these people. I have had them since I was very young and probably get about four or five a year and when I do get them they can be extremely painful as well as very unsightly. The virus stays dormant in the nerve endings in your lips and can erupt for a variety of reasons and usually when you really don't want a cold sore. The leaflet informs you how cold sores can be triggered which includes colds and flu, menstruation, fatigue, stress and sunlight. I get a lot of mine in the sunlight and always try to remember to pack a tube of Zovirax when I go away on holiday as I often feel the tell tale tingle on about the second or third day of my holiday. I never get a small unobtrusive cold sore either and mine often resemble a horrid crinkly black cornflake on my lip, usually the lower lip in the corner.
It is expensive for such a small tube as I last paid £4.00 from Tesco and have usually paid around this price for it. It comes in a small metal tube which contains 2g which is in a box which has an extra piece of card on the one side which does helps to make it easier to find in your bag. I think unless you put the tube in a certain pocket in your bag or in your purse you would find it very hard to find as it really is small. The main ingredient in this is aciclovir which is an antiviral medicine which helps to combat the infection caused by the herpes simplex virus.
The small tube has an even smaller white screw cap which is easy to lose if you drop it onto the floor. You have to line it up just right to screw it back on which can be a bit tricky. You only need to squeeze the tube very lightly and I just expel enough to cover about two to three millimetres on my finger which I find is enough to use for one application. The cream is white and has no smell and is thick enough not to run.
I will usually start to apply the cream when my lip starts to tingle and itch and I know that I am due for another cold sore. You are supposed to apply it thinly up to five times daily at four hour intervals and this should be continued for five to ten days. If your cold sore has not cleared up in this time it is recommended that you consult your GP. When you have a cold sore it is important to wash your hands regularly so you do not pass on the infection, and not to kiss, share towels or drinking or eating utensils. This is sometimes very hard to do if you are sharing a house with other people and the virus can be passed on easily. I was staying at my daughter's house week last week and she also suffers with cold sores had one at the time, and although I was very careful to use my own towel and to make sure everything was washed up very well and not to share cups or glasses, the day I got back I felt that well known but unwanted tingle and I have now got a belter on my lip which I would describe as a black rice crispie as it has not quite reached the cornflake proportions this time. Without sounding too disgusting it is very easy to sit there watching tv or reading and having a pick at it especially when it starts to scab over as it does feel alien on your face and you want to get rid of it, but you should really try not to do this if at all possible as this will usually cause it to bleed and to scab over again thus prolonging the process. It really is best to just try and leave it to heal on its own.
It is best if you can to apply the cream as soon as you can for best results but you can apply it when the blister has appeared or really at any stage in its development. I find that at whatever stage I use it, it definitely reduces the time it takes to heal and I can really tell a difference if I don't use it. Cold sores can be very painful and can sometimes feel that they are extending very deep into your lip but the cream can take away some of this feeling. It should be noted that it can sting a bit especially when the blister has appeared but this feeling soon disappears however if the blister has started to crack or split it can sting quite severely. As I usually get mine at the side of my mouth I find that they split often when I laugh and smile and as this is something that I do often they do split regularly. I have tried laughing with my lips in a sort of ooh shape but apart from this looking very silly, if I am at home my husband laughs in the same way, which in turn makes me burst out laughing normally and makes it split more, so I really can't win!
If you do suffer from cold sores I cannot recommend this product highly enough, as I would say that it cuts down the healing time by about half and the cold sores seem to be contained and don't spread like they have done in the past when I didn't use any cream. It is expensive but you only really need to use a very small amount and the tube I had before the one I have just purchased lasted me for over a year so each application doesn't really cost much. This comes highly recommended by me and well deserves five out of five stars.
I a bit of a martyr to cold sores, particularly in the winter and when under stress, so in the run up to Christmas, I can normally expect an outbreak or two! After several years of trial and error with products, I now always make sure I have some Zovirax in my first aid kit, 'on standby', as for me it has proved to be by far the best remedy.
Zovirax comes packaged in a teeny tiny metal tube, within a cardboard outer box, and is usually sold for around £4.99 for a 2g tube. I would be the first to admit that this seems (and well, is) on the pricey side, but at the same time, have yet to find anything which works as effectively for me, so I am prepared to pay the asking price! The active ingredient in Zovirax is Aciclovir, which I was actually precribed once from my GP for a particularly bad outbreak that ended up close to my eye, so the NHS must think it an effective remedy!
For me, the packaging is a bit of a pain in all honesty. The tube really is tiny, approximately 4cm long, the perfect size to get lost unless you keep it in the outer cardboard...but there again, the outer box, as it contains a backing piece, is a bit annoying to fit into a small handbag..oh the dilemma! I generally keep the outer box at home, and transport the tiny tube around with me, and end up hunting desperately for it in the deepest, darkest corners of my handbag when I feel a tingle of a cold sore starting to appear!
Aside from being the perfect size to lose in your bag, the packaging also annoys me in that whilst the screw lid is effective at preventing leaks and easy to remove, it can be fiddly to replace as its easy to get it cross threaded as its so small. Another moan about the packaging is how difficult it is to get the amount you would like out of the tube. More often than not, I end up expelling rather more than I need, and this feels wasteful, particularly as it is so expensive. I really wish Zovirax would take another look at their packaging!
The cream itself is white in colour, with no noticeable odour. It has a 'medium' consistency - it will sit on the tip of your finger without running, but is easy to spread over affected areas. The optimum time to apply Zovirax is at the 'tingle' stage, which fellow cold sore sufferers will, I am sure, be familiar with! When applied at this stage, this product has, on several occasions, completely prevented any visible cold sore appearing for me. If you miss this stage, it can also be applied at blister stage. Applied at this stage, I've found it dramatically reduces the amount of time that it takes for an outbreak to disappear, from 10-14 days untreated to around 3-5 days when using this product. It seems to dry the blister out at a much faster rate than happens without treatment, and I also use it on the 'scab' stage (I know, ewww..), as it seems to keep the scabby areas more supple and prevent cracking, which I have found has helped to prevent spread of the cold sore outbreak. It is VERY important to wash your hands following application, to avoid spreading the virus....small note but an important one!
One tube generally lasts me around 3-4 outbreaks, as a little bit does go quite a long way, so from that perspective it is quite cost effective although being pricey initially. It has a good long shelf life (typically around a year, but this obviously depends how long it has sat on a shelf in a shop before you have purchased it!). It needs to be stored under 25C to prevent the cream 'splitting' (I accidentally left my makeup bag with it in on a radiator once, so know what happens when you don't follow this guideline!)
Overall, this is a great product - it does exactly what it claims to do. I just wish it were a little bit cheaper, and that the packaging were a little better, so have knocked a star off for the packaging problems!!
I know that many people swear by this product in clearing up cold sores and even preventing them, but for me this product just makes my cold sores worse. When you have a cold sore you know that the skin around it can become red and itchy, but Zovirax actually makes this worse on me and the redness spreads to the whole area where I have applied it. I find it also makes the pain of cold sores worse in me. My GP suggested that this could be an allergic reaction and I have noticed that when I don't use this my cold sores feel less painful and look better.
That being said, I believe allergic reactions to this product are quite rare. However, I have never really found that my cold sores have healed quicker when I used this and find applying ice to the affected area much more effective and money saving. Which leads me onto the next point, this product is very expensive for the amount you get - it retails for anywhere between £5 and £6, which I feel is very expensive considering you are supposed to apply it five times a day. If you find Zovirax works for you, you might want to look at generic creams containing acyclovir as these work just as well. I found one in my local Asda recently for just £2.
Overall, this is a good product for those it works for, but bear in mind it doesn't work for everyone and can make symptoms worse.
Now I am not organised enough to have a stock of cold sore creams at the ready, so when I get that tingly feeling, I have to run to the nearest chemist (usually a boots) for cold sore cream. This particular cream is on sale in boots for £5.59. Boots own brand "Avert cold sore cream" is cheaper at £4.79 and I think they are just as good as each other.
The cardboard outer packaging is opened to reveal a small tube of cold sore cream. The lid can be reversed to pierce the protective opening at the top of the tube. Do be careful about squeezing out the cream. The tube is so small, that quite a small amount of squeeze will result in an outpour of cream that continues after the squeezing has stopped, leaving you scrambling for the lid in a panic to stem the flow. The outpour will continue when unscrewing the lid for the next application. A very gentle squeeze is all that is required.
It is recommended that you apply the cream to the affected area every 4 hours, 5 times a day. A liberal amount should be used, however as the cream is rather thick, I would recommend checking a mirror after application to avoid embarrassing white marks around your mouth. There have been occasions when I have far exceeded the recommended dose- it did not result in any adverse side effects. In fact, I think it resulted in the cold sore taking longer to heal. Used properly (in accordance with the products instructions), I find that my cold sores generally take 3-4 days to heal.
I am happy with this product, it does what it says it should. This product looses a star as I do believe you pay the extra 80p for the brand name, with the boots equivalent doing as good a job.
About a few days ago a cold sore seemed to pop up in the corner of my daughter's lower lip. I always fret over the slightest illness that she gets so I quickly dashed to Tesco and picked up a small 2g tube of Zovirax for £1. It seemed really cheap and was a brand I associate with cold sores so I knew it would be ideal. It contains 5% of the active ingredient of acticlovir which is a common antiviral drug and works to get rid of the virus and so heal the cold sore.
It comes in a small cardboard box with a long part attached at the back for hanging on the shelf. Opening the box I actually couldn't see where the tube was! All I saw was the instructions that come inside and I was amazed the tube is absolutely miniscule so fell out on my lap! It is a small metallic tube with a screw top lid and a foil covering, but the tube has a pointy end so you can turn it around and use it to pierce the covering to open it.
The instructions state to apply the cream liberally to completely cover the affected area and repeat every 4 hours, five times a day. It should be noted there are as always possible side effects and precautions to reconsider before use so always read the leaflet prior to use. I scanned this rigorously as of course my daughter is only 3 years old and I was a bit wary of using such a product on her, but it says it is suitable for all ages so I was happy to use it.
The cream is a thick white consistency, which comes out in small blobs, considering the tube is so tiny it is almost invisible to the naked eye! For application, I washed my hands before use, and applied some to my fingertip then rubbed it onto the affected area. My daughter did not complain of any tingling or stinging so we proceeded with the treatment, and after about 3 days or so we found her cold sore was practically gone. She suffered absolutely no side effects and whilst you do need to constantly remember to use it at 4 hour intervals, 5 hours a day, it isn't a pain to do and it was extremely effective.
Overall, I have been really happy with this product and would definitely recommend it! My only concern was the price, as today I was browsing in a Tesco Express and saw the exact same thing selling for £4.73! There is absolutely no way I would have paid this price and can only assume it was a mistake! It is also selling online for £4.50 so think there may have been an error in the Tesco I purchased it in. For this price I am not so sure it is worth it, but for £1 I have no qualms and wish I stocked up on it now!
If you have ever had a cold sore you will know how nasty they can be as well as painful and ugly. I suffer from them a lot in the winter and when I am upset.
Why you get cold sores....
You get cold sores from having a cold, flu, being stressed. Basically when your body is really run down
Why I wanted this product....
I wanted this as I do suffer from cold sores and I find it hard to buy products that work. So I thought I would buy some Zovirax to see if it worked as I have heard great reviews about it.
You can buy Zovirax in two forms, a tube or a pump. They both weigh the same 2g, Personally I opted for the pump. Both types come in a box with information on and in the box you get the product and a information leaflet. When you pull the product out it is a little white tube, like a lip balm. It has a a little cap that you take off and you press the pump down and it dispenses the product.
The product itself......
The tube has a label on it With the product name, how to use and expiry date. The cream itself comes out in small amounts, it is white, has no smell. But when you do apply the product it does have a sweet taste to it.
It does have a sweet taste to it, it's not pleasant and not unpleasant.
It feels very very greasy on the skin.
No smell at all.
It is a white lotion.
When to use...
Use at the first signs of feeling a cold sore, or even when it has come up, apply 5 times a day. The 2g is more than enough to treat 1 cold sore.
How to use...
Apply with clean hands and rub onto the cold sore, use liberally.
I know when I am just about to get a cold sore, so I did apply this, I followed the instructions and within a week it had gone. I find it much more easier than some other products to use. However I was less than impressed wight he price tag.
You can buy this online and in store, such as Boots or pharmacies.
You can buy it for anything up to £7 however I have seen it in Asda for £2.76.
Works okay, I'm not shouting from the rooftops though.
The pump dispenser does give the right amount.
Far too expensive,
I have found cheaper products to work just the same.
Would I recommend.....
No not really.
I have suffered from cold sores since I was quite little and unfortunately I am likely to suffer from them for years to come as once you have the herpes simplex virus (HSV) which causes cold sores you cannot get rid of it and it lies dormant in the nerve cells surrounding your lips.
According to the leaflet accompanying this product cold sores are triggered by 'colds, flu, menstruation, fatigue, emotional upset, stress, physical injury, bright sunlight and simply when you are feeling run down.' This last trigger is the one that seems to cause most of my cold sores as I often get them just before/as I go on holiday when the last few weeks have been manic trying to get everything at work and home in order before going away.
For as long as I can remember I have always used Zovirax cream to treat my cold sores and I am so impressed by it that I am content not to look elsewhere.
About the product
Zovirax is available in a 2g tube or pump. I think I am right in saying that originally it was only available in a tube and when the pump was introduced it was more expensive - they are now the same price (in Boots at least.)
Personally I prefer the pump because I believe it to be less messy than the tube and also I find that with the tube it is hard to get the right amount out that you need and I always end up with too much product on my finger which obviously is a waste. Also with the tube I have found that if left in a bag it can get squashed against other items so when you go to take the lid of a lot of it has squeezed out already into the lid.
The downside to the pump for me though is that you have no idea how much product is left within as the container is white plastic and not clear. This can be frustrating when you go to use it and there is nothing or next to nothing left inside.
Both the tube and the pump come within a cardboard box which also includes a leaflet with more detailed information about the product.
The Zovirax itself is a white cream and the main active ingredient is aciclovir, an antiviral agent.
Using the product
You are advised that the best time to use this product is when you feel the first signs of a cold sore appearing - for those of you who have suffered before you will know this is a slight tingling or itching feeling. If you apply in time then the Zovirax can effectively get rid of the cold sore before it has even properly appeared which is brilliant. It can still be applied once the cold sore has fully come up and in this case it speeds up the healing of a cold sore.
You should always wash your hands before applying Zovirax to ensure they are clean and then again after you have applied it as cold sores are very infectious and not just to the mouth but also to other parts of the body.
The advisory note is to apply the cream liberally to the affected area 5 times a day for 4 full days. Following these instructions they state that one tube is enough for one cold sore. Personally I probably apply it more like 3 times a day if I manage to get it at the tingling stage and then just stop when I feel it has gone away. A tube usually last me for a couple of cold sores rather than just the one - maybe I am not being as liberal as they suggest but it works for me.
When you are using this product (and therefore suffering from a cold sore) you need to be careful not to pass the infection on either to other people or to other parts of your body. You should avoid kissing and oral sex, not let anyone touch your cold sore, avoid touching your eyes, not share a towel or eating/drinking utensils, always wash your hands after touching it and don't break the blister or pick the scab.
I have never experienced any side effects from using this product however you are advised that possible side effects are allery-like reaction, mild burning or stinging, and redness, itching or flaking skin, skin rashes or weals. Should you experience any of the side effects you should stop using the cream and contact your doctor/pharmacist.
Zovirax should not be used in the eyes, genital area or inside your mouth.
You should check the full list of ingredient before using this product to ensure you are not allergic to any of them, also pregnant and breast feeding women are to seek advise before using this product.
I could not recommend this product highly enough - it really does work and it works fast. As mentioned if you are able to start applying this at the first tingle then chances are the full cold sore will not even appear but if it does it will disappear very quickly when using Zovirax. It is quite expensive (currently £5.59 at Boots) for such a small tube but for me it is completely worth it for not having to walk around with an uncomfortable blister/scab on my mouth which, if accidentally burst, can turn into a very unpleasant mess.
I personally favour the pump because I believe it is cleaner and less wasteful but the tube does have the bonus of you being able to tell how much product is left. They are now the same price so I guess its just down to personal preference as at the end of the day they both have the same product inside and thats the important bit!
I suffer from cold sores once maybe twice a year usually just after a really bad cold or when I'm ridiculously stressed from getting no sleep. I know that if I feel that little tingly sensation around my lips I need to get zovirax on asap and from being caught so early is often prevented from even showing up! As soon as I've used up a tube I buy another one for the next time so I am prepared and don't have to wait to go out to purchase.
There's been a few times where I have had the coldsore for a few days already then started applying the zovirax (this is due to not having money at the right time) and within a few hours the coldsore it scabbing over and going yellow (EWWWW). I apply it slightly more often than you are told as I'm a bit paranoid, I doubt this helps speed up the process though, it just makes me feel better. Then over the course of four to six days (depending on how early you started applying zovirax or the amount you use) the coldsore heals and is gone. So it doesn't clear it up as quickly if you don't catch it early on but still eases the irritation and healing.
I also use the ice cube technique before I go to bed to speed things along and then blob on a large amount of Zovirax so the coldsores completely covered through the night (nighttime is when you skin does most of it's healing in general so I like to think this helps). I find Zovirax to be the best cold sore remedy I have come across to help make the coldsore more bearable and comfortable too, as it keeps it moisturised so it doesn't crack which can be very painful, whilst at the same being the quickest to dry them up!
You only really end up using about half a tube for one coldsore so for me some gets wasted as you need to throw it out after a few weeks which is annoying at £4 a tube but as it works I'm not too fussed. If you suffer from more than one at the same time it'll be more worth it too.
Although it's a little expensive for £4-6 for such a small tube it is definitely worth it as it does dry the coldsore out and speed the healing process up when and can prevent coldsores from even showing if caught early! Coldsores I have had without using Zovirax have lasted about 10/11 days and when I have used it they have lasted for about 6/7 at the very most. Even though that doesn't sound like a big difference, any cold sore sufferer will know it is! Even if you don't have a coldsore right now, I suggest you buy some right now for you medicine cabinet for when one does without flare up!
***** Recently had an outbreak from being stressed and got a new tube only to find it has new packaging, still in a cardboard box but now in a handy little pump bottle! Much easier to clean and so much more hygienic and easier to store!!!
If you suffer from cold sores like I do you will know when you are about to get one. Mine generally come up when I am feeling run down and haven't slept well. They also come up in conjunction with a cold and this cold I've had recently spurred another one along to make an appearance.
Sometimes I am lucky enough and can catch them early when you feel that familiar tingle but most of the time they come on so quickly and there is nothing you can do but treat them after the fact. If you have never had a cold sore you are lucky, they are painful, sore and unsightly.
I do find that this Zovirax cream works though. The cream is white in colour and fairly thick so when you first apply it it will stay on the surface of the crusty cold sore as you can't really rub it in but after a few minutes the whiteness seems to go. According to the packaging the cream contains 5% w/w of the active ingredient Aciclover which is for the treatment of cold sores (herpes simplex) of the lips and face. The advice is to apply this cream about 4 or 5 times a day for 5 days. I like to apply when I can feel the cold sore drying out and cracking so I like to apply a little moisture to it. I find this cream works well and generally by the end of the 5 days the cold sore is all but gone apart from a little redness. I think it's a lot more effective than if you did nothing at all.
A 2g tube which will lasts the length of one cold sore is a bit expensive at £6.39 but in my opinion is a treatment worth undertaking.
It was only a couple of years ago that I got my first Cold Sore. I had always heard about people getting them and was glad that I had never had them, but 1 day I got 1 and I seem to now get 1 every 9-12 months roughly. They are so annoying and ugly looking as well.
There was only a couple of Cold Sore Creams in my local Supermarket and it seemed to be the brand named one - which is this one, and then a cheaper one. Not knocking the cheaper one as I am sure it does just as good a job but I wanted this ugly looking thing gone as soon as possible.
This comes in a tiny little tube - just a 2g tube and I paid around £4 for this, which works out pretty expensive. I had visions of needing loads of these tubes, but was surprised at how little of this I needed.
The Cream is a medium thickness and a tiny little blob of this is fine. Since the end of this tube is just a little hole then you can easily get just a tiny bit of this out. Just put the blob onto your finger and dab this onto your Coldsore. I tend to leave this just sitting on the Sore for a minute or 2 and then rub this in a little. This soaks in well and although it looks greasy to start off with, it doesn't seem greasy after a little white. There isn't much scent to this - just a normal Creamy kind of scent.
Do I find this cream to work? Yes. It didn't give me instant results or that, but from using this a couple of times then I found the Sore to not look quite so scabby and it seemed to pull the sore in a bit and the dry flaky bits seemed to get dried up quickly. I would say it took 3 days of regular applications of this to make the Cold Sore nearly disappear.
I've used this Cream on 2 bouts of an Individual Sore and I still have some of this left, so it has worked out to be not too expensive.
A good Cream to tackle an annoying problem.
Everything about cold sores is horrible. An incurable virus that normally keeps coming back two or three times a year to inflict a small but very painful and depressing open sore on your lip and to make it even worse, they are often brought on by stress - something almost impossible to avoid in any lifestyle. You can expect to pay over five pounds for the puddliest of tubes, 2 grams at approximately 4CM in length and 1CM wide (I recommend the pump version as it lasts longer and is less fiddly when it comes to application) easily found online and in chemists and pharmaceutical stores. Don't expect this to work immediately either because it works best at 2 stages only - the first when no cold sore is visible, yet a tingle os light pain is felt, in other words predicting an impending outbreak and secondly is applying when the sore has already grown and burst to become like an open wound - Zovirax gets to work by helping your body build a scab faster and effectively, to speed up the healing process. The cream initially feel soothing and cold but can eventually start to sting a fair bit when applied to open sores.
Its recommended that you apply the cream five times a day in four hour intervals, liberally. Somehow that doesn't quite gel with me. You can't always sneak off to the staff toilets to apply this bright white cream which not only takes a long time to absorb but if as suggested, applied liberally, will run out very quickly. Something I've found that speeds up the healing and size of a cold sore is applying ice to the affected area. I hold one ice cube, literally until it melts, on the cold sore with a towel or tissue as it numbs the pain and from my experience, reduces redness, recovery time and size. In no way is this a miracle cure or a 100% guaranteed remover of cold sores, but it is bloody handy to have just in case, speeding up the whole ordeal from two weeks to about 5-7 days. It saddens me to say that there doesn't seem to be much funding for research on such a pesky and outrageously rife virus such as herpes and even if a cure or vaccine did exist, the chances of a big pharmaceutical company hogging the secret, catering only to the super rich, and to continue peddling their wares on an annual basis, are too much to bear.
Both me and my other half regularly suffer from cold sores on our mouths due to the Herpes virus. It can lay dormant in me for months but if I am feeling at all run down or poorly (or stressed) then I get that familiar tingly feeling in my lips and I knew that a cold sore is brewing even before you can see it on my lip. They are contagious and I think I passed the virus onto my other half - sorry about that dear.
One 2ml tube of Zovirax costs about £3 from Boots. It is nice and little to carry around with you I personally feel, and you can just keep it in your pocket when you pop out to work or the shops or whatever and you think you might need a touch up. It is non greasy and absorbs well and is very fast acting. It will not cure your virus, obviously, but it will definitely halt the symptoms and make them easier to bear.
The active ingredient in this lotion is ACYCLOVIR and I do think it is a wonderful thing as it really does help the both of us with our cold sores which can look unsightly if just left untreated. I just apply daily a few times a day and I can usually tell that the tingling will disappear pretty soon after appliaction and the cold sore will always be halted.
I keep mine in the fridge because I think it works better and feels better on the aggrivated cold sore when the cream is really very cold.
Great product and recommended.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
Cold sore cream clinically proven to prevent cold sores from appearing. Also speeds the healing process if applied after the cold sore has appeared. Contains Aciclovir (Acyclovir) which prevents the cold sore from replicating