I'm going to talk about something now, that's a shushed up and fairly unpleasant subject. Distinctly unglamorous.
They're not nice to look at and quite frankly they're not nice to have.
And the virus which causes them is indiscriminate in who it decides to live with. Worse? They are a form of the herpes virus, and that's a horrible thing to acknowledge. The NHS website describes them as, "Cold sores are small blisters that develop on the lips or around the mouth. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus and usually clear up without treatment within 7-10 days.
The cold sore virus is highly contagious and can be easily passed from person to person by close direct contact. After someone has contracted the virus, it remains dormant (inactive) for most of the time, but can be triggered by various factors including fatigue, stress, and an injury to the affected area. I have a university boyfriend to 'thank' for ensuring that I have to be careful with any pimples that I get on my chin, for making me petrified to kiss my newborn child when I developed a cold sore post-pregnancy, and for spending a fortune on cold sore creams.
I've never had a cold sore on the edge of my mouth, which is the conventional place, instead they manifest in extremely painful, tingling pimples on my chin area, and they really hurt. I'm actually at the point where the creams don't really work because the cold sore never comes to the surface and the cream just burns my sensitive skin, so I end up having to have a course of antiviral tablets from my G.P. which are incredibly expensive and they don't like prescribing them.
I was recently offered the chance to try a LipZor cold sore remedy device.
Essentially this little 'zapper' shines a special wavelength of light directly onto the cold sore for three minutes which stimulates your body to rapidly heal up the cold sore.
I'm not a doctor or a scientist so I don't fully understand how the light therapy works, but what I can say is that it has worked brilliantly for me. The device should be used as soon as the tingling begins by holding the open end which contains the LED against the area affected, pressing the button and keeping the device in place until the beeper signals the end of the treatment. Twelve hours later repeat the process. For most people these two treatments should be enough to stimulate healing, but if the cold sore appears to progress after the second treatment it is best to treat four more times a day for two days.
I normally have two tubes of Zovirax on the go; one in my handbag and one in the house, to tend to the many cold sores that I get throughout the year (mostly caused by stress) and to keep the pain at bay until I can get to the doctor. However since I received this a few months ago, I haven't bought one tube. In fact, I couldn't even tell you if I still have the two tubes or where they may be. And I haven't needed to use the LipZor more than twice on the three occasions when I've had a cold sore develop.
The LipZor costs £27.95 which seems a large initial outlay, but when a 2g tube of Zovirax costs around £4.00 and need to be bought repeatedly, the value of the LipZor is even more obvious. And it is even more convenient as it is always readily available in the house, unlike tubes of cold sore cream!
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I received this product for the purpose of this review. My opinion, and lack of cold sores, is honest and unbiased. Well as unbiased as it can be considering I've not had a cold sore thanks to this product!