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Vicks First Defence
Member Name: mpamike5
Vicks First Defence
Date: 28/12/08, updated on 30/12/08 (520 review reads)
Advantages: It works
Disadvantages: Nasal Spray
A few months back, my wife purchased this stuff, and said we should all be mindful of the fact it's there, just in case.
About 3 weeks ago her flu started, and when I got home after my week in Birmingham she was really suffering. I rushed to get the nasal spray but the box hadn't been opened (hence the reason why she is ill maybe!).
Any way I squirted this stuff up my nose, and survived the weekend. I've been doing this throughout the last few weeks. No-one else in my family has, and therefore it's no surprise that they have all come down with the flu. So far I haven't caught anything yet (although lots of signs but no full on flu).
This Nasal spray has been developed by Procter & Gamble (P&G) to stop the common cold in its tracks.
According to the Times Online, Vicks First Defence makes no claim to cure colds, or to prevent them but it does claim to reduce the chance of developing a full-blown cold by up to 50 per cent if taken promptly at the first sign of symptoms, and to cut symptoms by up to 40 per cent if the cold/flu develops.
According to researchers, this new treatment aims to trap the cold virus using a viscous gel, disarm it by creating an environment in which it cannot flourish and remove it by increasing the snuffles and therefore, washing it away. If it works, and it looks like that's a possibility, P&G has cracked a problem that has defeated the Common Cold Research Unit of the Medical Council forever (so far).
According to the scientists that developed it, the reason it works is that it attacks the cold by physical rather than pharmacological means and it uses mildly acidic gel, which the viruses do not like as they prefer alkaline conditions, so they are partially inactivated. The spray also causes a mild nasal irritation to stimulate secretions to help to wash the virus away.
So far it has worked for me, and I would strongly recommend it because I know how surrounded I have been with these heavy cold/flu's and I have only experienced the mildest forms ( a few sneezes now and again.
It costs c. £6.95 and it comes in a white non pressurized bottle with grips for squirting, and because it is a kind of gel, it doesn't run back down your nose like some nasal sprays do.
Summary: No cold/flu yet this year
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